Reviews for Before Morning

*Starred Review: School Library Journal

“This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections.”

New York Times

"A keenly perceptive poet, Sidman shows that words and snow both have the power to transform our view of things."


*Starred Review: Kirkus
"The pacing is perfect. Careful readers will relish the details and concoct back stories of their own . . . . Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal.

*Starred Review: Publishers Weekly

"The story’s parallel but separate threads—the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family’s wait—give this collaboration significant emotional depth.” 

*Starred Review: Bulletin

"The poetry is brief but lovely, giving voice to many youngsters’ dreams of a blanket of snow.

*Starred Review: Horn Book Magazine
Sidman and Krommes reunite for this picture-book evocation of a child’s hopes. . . . Sidman’s poetic text begins ('In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing') as Mom, dressed in full [pilot] uniform, departs while her family sleeps. The ensuing incantation is for snow to come ('Let the air turn to feathers, the earth turn to sugar’) . . . . Throughout, Krommes’s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book’s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter’s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book.” 

*Starred Review: Booklist
"It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor–winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman’s spare text evokes the heart and the senses, while Krommes’ scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times.” 

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