After Squidnight, by Jonathan E. Fenske, (Aug. 2020, Penguin Workshop), $12.99, ISBN: 9781524793081
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor-winning author and illustrator Jonathan Fenske creates a funny rhyming story about a group of squids indulging their inner artists. When the clock strikes midnight, a squad of squids is feeling like a change of scenery, so they head over to someone’s house – is it yours? – to exercise their creativity. They draw all over the kitchen and the halls, inking sharks in your bathroom and drawing all over the toys they find in the way. They even draw on YOU: good thing you’re a solid sleeper! But the sun comes up, and the squad goes back to the ocean, leaving you to answer for the mess. After all, are they really going to believe you if you tell them it was a Squid Squad? Maybe, just maybe, though, you’ll leave one little memento, one little bit of artwork, just to enjoy for yourself…
After Squidnight is a story in that great tradition of things that go on while we’re sleeping. It’s rhyming fun, with blue-washed artwork that kids will love, starring a group of squids that just want some harmless, if a bit mischievous, fun (at least their ink washes away easily enough!). Fun for bathtime, bedtime, or storytime. Print out some squid coloring sheets and let the kids color away – and add some to your flannel or laminated storytime repertoire, while you’re at it.