Dusk Explorers
Dusk Explorers

Dusk Explorers

Written by Lindsay Leslie & illustrated by Ellen Rooney
4 - 8
Reading age
Page count
Words per page
Jun 2, 2020
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A brilliantly illustrated and nostalgic depiction of the magic of summer nights.

As the sun descends in the sky, neighborhood children head outdoors to climb in the trees, play games, and explore the outdoors. Activities like hide and seek throughout the neighborhood, kick the can under the street lights, and leapfrog on the cool grass all bring smiles to children’s faces. Toad hunting, firefly catching, and worm-tunnel finding bring a sense of excitement to the magic of a summer night, when “Screen doors open. Porch lights turn on. The neighborhood waits . . . for dusk explorers.” Leslie’s text guides the reader through a nostalgic summer night, reminiscent of simpler times. While not rhyming, the lovely text flows through Rooney’s brilliant sunset skies. The illustrations fabulously highlight the rare dusk setting in children’s literature with skies of vivid pinks and deep blues, dimly-lit neighborhood scenes, and the silhouettes and shadows of children. Of particular note is the superb portrayal of firefly catching, with black silhouettes and golden fireflies juxtaposed against a breathtaking background of purples, pinks, and blues. The story’s location hints at a lower income neighborhood and includes a diverse group of children, subtly sending the message that fun-filled summer nights and lasting memories are for everyone. The book lacks a developed story, but instead boasts a sentimental reminder of summer nights that will inspire and encourage children to soak up the sunsets and enjoy magic of evening time spent outdoors.

What Kind of Book is Dusk Explorers


summer  imagination and playcity and town lifelifestylesfriendshipsummer nightschildhoodoutdoor activitiessports and recreation


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Book Details

Publication Date
June 2, 2020
Page Street Publishing
Text Details
Typeset in Cabin
Illustration Details
The illustrations were done with mixed media collage using paint, paper, pencil, and digital media.
Page Count
Words Per Page
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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