First printing of Bradbury's first children's book, a poetic, allegorical fantasy about learning to embrace the night, scarce in this condition.
SWITCH ON THE NIGHT
"I'll introduce you to the Night,' said Dark. 'And then you'll be friends."
A "picture book with science fiction overtones" (Cullinan and Person), SWITCH ON THE NIGHT is an evocative exploration of nighttime jitters that are a rite of passage for many children. Taught by the little girl Dark (who feels much like a Neil Gaiman character) how to invert his perspective from switching OFF lights to switching ON the night, the child in the story learns how to embrace a concept he previously feared. Really a terrific copy.
Read more: Cullinan and Person, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, 109; Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography, 47.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1955. 8.25'' x 6.5''. Original grey paper boards with yellow lettering. In original unclipped (2.50) green and yellow dust jacket. Pink endpapers. Illustrated by Gekiere with line drawings on every page in yellow, purple, pink, and grey.  pages. Sliver of toning to board edges; jacket with a bit of toning to top edge of rear panel.
About fine in near-fine jacket.
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