Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category

Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: siblings, fairground, imagination
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: 01/Feb/2013
Bookmark and Share
Poet Sheree Fitch and artist Yayo take readers young and old on a spectacular ride through the imagination. We fly past illustrations displaying a kalaidoscope of colors. Magical, fun fair creatures appear and disappear in a jungle of cotton-candy trees.

CM Magazine
"Fitch takes readers on a wonderful ride here, and Yayo's dizzifying pictures are the perfect match. A totally satisfying outing for the book characters and the book's readers alike. Night Sky Wheel Ride is a book for school and public library picture book collections. Highly recommended."
Kirkus Reviews
[Starred review] "A giddy, intense, hugely fun ride that will propel listening audiences large or small into spinning tizzies of their own."
School Library Journal
"Magical words and pictures capture the essence and mystery of a carnival and a first trip on a Ferris wheel...Beguiling candy colors, lines, and shapes play marvelously in the well-designed pages...Unique and joyous, this is a treat for all imaginative, dreamy spirits who love a good ride."
The Guardian (UK)
"A fantasy poem, which encourages children to become brave and experience new things. We absolutely loved the illustrations, enough to enjoy just turning the pages to look at each one. A soft celebration of words and pictures."
Publishers Weekly
[Starred Review] "Fitch and Yayo capture the inherent magic of a carnival—and, in particular, the thrill of conquering a ride for the first time—in this giddily imaginative ode to the Ferris wheel...Writing in freewheeling verse, Fitch sets an incantory, anything-is-possible mood from the beginning...while Yayo's illustrations push every moment out of the ordinary...Children may clamor for a trip to the carnival after reading, but the book is a satisfying ride in itself."
Quill & Quire
"This is a glorious book that celebrates both literal and imaginative flight. Fitch's evocative lines are magnified by Yayo's exuberant illustrations. Marvellous transformations abound: clouds of cotton candy becom trees, flowers become children, people below become jelly beans, Ferris wheel cars become boats and beds, then falling apples."
Resource Links
"A brilliant story book about the anticipation of attending the summer fair and going on the Ferris wheel...Sheree's poetry of sound, movement and excitement is superb...From beginning to end the book is a feast of delightful color...The illustrations at first glance are simple but each page is worthy of extra contemplation. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It is a fun, happy book, excellent for story time and for individual reads."


Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award nominee  | 2013 | Short-listed
White Ravens List selection  | 2013 | Commended
Children's Core Collection Star title  | 2013 | Commended
Kirkus' Best Imported Picture Books of 2013 list  | 2013 | Commended

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience.

Please visit our Teacher Resources page to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Free Teacher Guides

Digital Subscriptions

Resource Websites

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels

You might also be interested in:

Illustrated by: Yayo