Hildilid’s Night

  • Title: Hildilid’s Night
  • Author: Cheli Duran Ryan
  • Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
  • Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company
  • Publication year: 1971
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“An elderly woman who hates the night tries everything she can think of to get rid of it–from burning it, to drowning it, to feeding it to the hounds.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – While I don’t know of a way this could be used in any sort of curriculum, this book could be used in a public library setting, in a read aloud.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I think this book would resonate with young children as many children have a strong fear of the dark. This absurd take on fighting the dark might help children to see that there is no reason to fear it, indeed instead they can think of Hildilid hilariously wielding everything in her power to get the dark away. My favorite set of illustrations is at the end of the book when the black and white drawings are touched by color with the rising sun.

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