My 5yo is a big fan of animals, so we picked up Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep by Rebecca E. Hirsch to read together. Though this is a very short book, it details the sorts of animals, and the sights and sounds you might see camping in your backyard. I thought it had a peaceful vibe and I thought the illustrations were detailed and lovely—really capturing the night’s essence. My only nitpick would be that there isn’t a whole lot of narrative content in this short picture book (except for the informational details at the end), so it might be more suited to the 2-4yo crowd. Of the 6 NetGalley picture books we read today, this one ranked #4/6 for me, but I would still recommend this book to young children learning about the wildlife in their own backyard.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½ 

In the end, my 5yo said he didn’t really like it because he doesn’t like night creatures except bats (uhh… okay. 🤨) So take that however you will, but he ranked this #6/6 NetGalley picture books we picked out today. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC! 

Five-year-old rating:


I guess we’re agreeing to disagree on this one. 😂

Thanks for reading!