A narrative nonfiction picture book, new to paperback, from the award-winning duo Mark Greenwood and Fran Lessac.
A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.
About the Author
Mark Greenwood, who has a passion for history and legends, is the author of many books for children, published both in the United States and in his native Australia. Mark's latest books include The Mayflower, published by Holiday House, and Midnight, published by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand and Candlewick Press in the US.
About the Illustrator
Fran Lessac is an author and illustrator of international renown, having over forty children's books published throughout the world. Fran has contributed her distinctive paintings to many critically acclaimed children's picture books, including My Little Island, a Reading Rainbow feature book. Her latest books include The Mayflower, written by Mark Greenwood and published by Holiday House, Midnight and A is for Australia, published by Walker Books Australia in early 2015.
Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse is a stunning new picture book from one of Australia's leading creative pairings in the form. The text is a wonderful blend of poetic, emotive prose and historical basis, and the illustrations capture the colours of the desert and bush settings and the starkness of he war scenes with a deceptive simplicity. * Aussie Reviews *
Chilling, moving, this narrative non-fiction picture book will enchant readers of all ages--for its simple yet beautifully-written content, and for the vibrant, child-friendly imagery Lessac does so well.
Like the dance of the men of the 4th and 12th Regiments on 31 October, 1917, Midnight is a dance between author and illustrator that touches the heart. * Kids' Book Review *
The style of the writing and illustrations look ideal for younger readers. * School Library Journal *
This might be most useful as a facet of a larger look at World War I; it may even be more effective than stories of human losses at bringing home the war's toll. * Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books *