The Night Riders by Mark Furie

Before I get to ANYTHING today, I get to announce the winner of the I Funny and I Funnier books by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein! WOO!

The winner is –

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(chosen randomly from a hat by my sister) JOANNA MARPLE! YAY!

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The Night Riders

Written and Illustrated by: Mark Furie

48 pages – ages 4+

Published by: McSweeney’s McMullens on August 7, 2012

A frog sets out on a journey at night with his friend rat on his bike. As they peddle down the road, they make new friends (a bat and a dragon-like reptile).

Their journey takes them to unusual places like an underground lair and a deserted town. The friends have lots of fun, and even have to escape a creepy crab-monster.

The Night Riders - Our Review

The Night Riders is a wordless story that I enjoyed. The story told by the pictures is about friendship and a night-time adventure. The illustrations are very detailed and give the reader a lot to look at. I think the book is great for kids with a lot of imagination.

I thought the story told by the pictures isn’t always straight forward so you have to really pay attention it (I had to explain some of it to my little sister Josie). The frog is a great character, with a lot of emotion shown in his face.

The rat friend is very cute too. The details in each panel are fun to search out. I also wanted to mention that this book has a great feel to it. It is an unusual size (10″x6″) and the paper feels like artwork paper.

This is all a nice touch by the publisher. The funky-cool world created by Mr. Furie in The Night Riders is one I think kids with a big imagination will love.

You can see an interview with the author and see interior images from the book at the McSweeney’s website HERE.

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