Tobin the pangolin awakens one evening to the smell of a sweet pomelo. Following the scent, he reaches the golden fruit and prepares to take a bite. The pangolin soon realizes that he is not alone.
A strange creature leaps down from the trees above claiming that Tobin is a thief. Feeling threatened, Tobin releases a smelly gas. The two begin to quarrel when the bushes suddenly start to rustle. Could the pair be in even bigger trouble than they thought?
I love this first installment in The Nocturnals Grow and Read Early Readers Program series. Tracey Hecht and Rumur Dowling’s characters are enchanting. I especially love how each character has his/her own distinct personality. I definitely felt a wide arrange of emotions while reading this story. My heart ached for poor Tobin. I laughed at Bismark and I could totally relate to Dawn’s serenity and wisdom.
Waymond Singleton’s illustrations are truly captivating. Each creature is beyond adorable and has his/her own specific facial expressions. While the story takes place at night, Singleton makes wonderful use of white space and does not make the illustrations too dark.
This is a wonderful read for children ages 5-9. They will fall in love with the kindly characters and the mysteriousness of a nighttime setting. I cannot wait to read the next book in The Nocturnals series.