The fair is in town, bringing with it dazzling lights, sweet aromas and carnival music. It is not just the adults and the children that are excited. Once darkness falls and the lights are turned off and everyone goes home for the night, some unexpected visitors arrive for their turn. A pull of the lever and the ‘Midnight Fair’ is awakened from its slumber. It’s time for the woodland creatures to have some fun…
The fun and magic of the fair come to life in this simply stunning and gorgeously illustrated wordless picture book as a whole host of furry friends gather for a very special midnight outing. In one magical night and through one wondrous story, children are immersed into the most fantastic of nocturnal worlds that dreamily suggests what animals get up to whilst the humans are fast asleep.
It is a thing of absolute joy that bursts with warmth, charm and good times as the group enjoy everything that the humans did earlier on in the day; squirrels spin round in tea-cups, deers whizz by on chair-swings, bears and raccoons ride a rollercoaster, hedgehogs zip around in dodgems, paws are read, ducks are hooked, cuddly toys are claimed, fish are won (to the bemusement of the wolf who receives it - a poignant message is reserved for later), and pretzels, cotton candy, ice creams and popcorn are enjoyed by everyone.
I am in love with this fairground bonanza, there are so many little things to notice in the surreal and entertaining world. I love how the animals take on the role of stallholders and the variety of nature’s treasures - acorns, pinecones, flowers, seeds, berries, leaves and fungi - that are used as currency, all of which are left behind at the ticket office much to the puzzlement of a staff member. I have so many questions and wonderings too; I’m curious to know what flavour ice cream a bear would order and are badger’s scared of haunted houses.
Right from the start, and I mean the very start - the story begins and ends in the endpapers, the whole thing bursts with the wonderment, the excitement and the thrills of visiting the fair, each dazzling page providing its own visual feast of sights, sounds and smells. In this treat for the eyes, surprise after surprise is revealed with every turn of the page and with so much to notice and with various animals repeatedly popping up throughout it certainly warrants several readings/lookings.
One hundred percent worth the admittance fee and a memorable night that children will want to experience time and time again. I know I’ll be going back soon.
Recommended for 5+.