What is Night

Laura Ertimo

Original title: Yö. Kirja unesta ja pimeän salaisuuksista

Author: Laura Ertimo

Illustrator: Satu Kontinen

Published: 2016

Publisher: Myllylahti

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 120

Reading material:

English sample & synopsis
Polish sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

A bedtime book of fictional and factual stories for knowledge-hungry kids and a literary tonic for insomniacs or those afraid of the dark.

This dark and mysterious book tells gentle stories about darkness and sleep. Divided into four parts, What is the Night? draws narratives from disciplines including astronomy, nocturnal nature, the physiology of sleep, and dreams, ending with an epilogue of multilingual good night wishes.

Over four, beautifully-illustrated chapters What is the Night? spins a captivating tale of true facts interspersed with myths and legends, explaining how the moon gets its glow, to the Ancient myths of how the night was created. This is the perfect bedtime book to read to others, both old and young, or oneself.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Myllylahti (orig.)
CHINA: CITIC PRESS
ESTONIA: Tammerraamat
GERMANY: Städtische Theater Chemnitz GmbH
RUSSIA: Kompass Guide

About author

Laura Ertimo

Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. Her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also won the Tieto-Lauri award!

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

The Tieto-Lauri award jury: Children today grow up among worldwide ecological crises. It presents a great challenge for nonfiction literature: how to tell children about the complex phenomena in an easily understandable way and give factually based hope that even the hardest crises can be solved. Ertimo and Ahokoivu have successfully taken on this challenge.

Bibliography


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2022, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Mini Science 3: The Travelling Plants


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Mini Science 2: Invisible World


2021, Non-Fiction

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Weird Weather! Activity Book for Climate Heroes


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Mini Science 1: Where Are You


2019, Non-Fiction

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Weird Weather


2017, Non-Fiction

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2016, Non-Fiction

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What is Night