The Midnight Fair

By Gideon Sterer

Illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio

A spectacular, surreal and cinematic wordless picture book about the secret life of animals.

Far from the city, but not quite in the countryside, lies a fairground. When night falls, and the fair is empty, something unexpected happens. Wild animals emerge from the trees, a brave raccoon pulls a lever, and the rollercoasters and rides explode back into bright, neon life. Now it’s time for the woodland creatures to have some fun…

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406394658
  • Published: 03 Feb 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 200 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 48

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Customer reviews


'Painting from close up, Di Giorgio creates the sense that viewers are part of the crowd, and bathes every spread in brilliant, theatrical light.' Publishers Weekly

'Lush watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil artwork by Di Giorgio is spectacular not just in its liveliness and beauty but in its remarkable depth and perspective. Surprise after surprise emerges for the keen-eyed reader, and not a detail is neglected. The Midnight Fair--like a ride on a Ferris wheel--will likely elicit entreaties of "Again, again!”.' Shelf-Awareness

'Despite all the merriment, The Midnight Fair is much more than a cute story about animals having fun. It’s entertaining and clever, but it never devolves into flippancy or silliness. Unhampered by the solidity and clarity of text, it maintains an ethereal aura of mystery and a sense of quiet dignity not often found in picture books with anthropomorphic animal protagonists. Every inch of illustrator Di Giorgio’s art is captivating, […] Gleaming and golden, The Midnight Fair radiates magic. It’s truly exceptional.' Bookpage

'Wordless and eloquent, “The Midnight Fair” offers true enchantment for children ages 3 to 8.' The Wall Street Journal

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