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Night Cars

by Teddy Jam
illustrated by Eric Beddows

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bedtime & dreams, city & town life, new baby
list price: $6.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 1991
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
0 to 3
p to 12
Reading age:
0 to 3
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  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
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Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award

It is late at night in the city. From his father's shoulder, a sleepless baby watches the snow drift down from the sky onto the busy street below. What are all those noises? What are all those lights? His tired but patient father explains everything, from the bustle of taxis swishing through the slush to the grinding and slamming of the early-morning garbage trucks.

Teddy Jam’s lyrical prose and Eric Beddows’s detailed illustrations cast Night Cars in that magical light between sleep and waking. This classic baby book, now available in a board book format, is a perennial favorite.

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Contributor notes

Teddy Jam (Matt Cohen) was the pseudonymous author of many wonderful children's books, including Night Cars (which Michele Landsberg called "the Canadian Goodnight Moon"), This New Baby, and The Year of Fire, The Stoneboat, The Kid Line and The Fishing Summer, now collected in the anthology How We Were. He was also a novelist who won the Governor General's Award for his last novel, Elizabeth and After.Eric Beddows is a renowned illustrator who has won many awards, including the Governor General's Award for The Rooster's Gift, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for the Zoom books, and the International Ezra Jack Keats Award bronze medal. He has also had numerous one-man shows of his artwork. He lives in Stratford, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

The Canadian Goodnight Moon.

— CBC Radio Children's Panel

Wonderful double page spread illustrations showing the baby in the foreground and the street in the background have a definite vintage feel. A minimal text with simple rhymes sweeps the reader from page to page with a soft rhythm which is soothing and which would be perfect for bedtime reading.

— Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

This one has classic written all over it.

— Canadian Press

Night Cars goes right to the heart of little children...Bliss, but not treacle.

— Globe and Mail
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About the Authors

Teddy Jam

Teddy Jam (Matt Cohen) was the pseudonymous author of many wonderful children's books. He was also a novelist and won the Governor General's Award for his last novel, Elizabeth and After.
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Eric Beddows

Eric Beddows is a an award-winning illustrator. He lives in Stratford, Ontario.
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