Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .


"In this captivating collaboration, a capable-looking lass takes charge when it's time to clean up the day's household wrack, then slips ouside to finish the job by roping in the Sun, replacing the sky's blue with gold-splattered black, and calling in the night chorus of owls and crickets. Ashman uses rhyme and rhythm masterfully." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"After a particularly raucous day that leaves Papa's hair 'haywire' and Mama's face 'pale,' one girl rises above the rabble of her uncountable siblings and proceeds, in a manner resembling the work of a domestic fairy, to make the night. [A] delightfully weird fantasy." Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A recipe for putting our busy lives to sleep at night would be worth a million and so is this book." Children's Literature

"This creative, beautifully executed bounce of a bedtime tale is fun to read any hour of the day. . . As charming as it is original." School Library Journal

"In this fanciful picture book, Ashman's portrait of a frazzled family begins with pandemonium and ends with bedtime hugs. Initially, a gaggle of children and pets dangle from the ceiling and doorways while their overwhelmed parents, with catatonic faces, sit on the sofa. Tusa matches the brisk, clipped descripton in the text with energetic illustrations of a house in chaos. By book's end, the narrative grows poetic, emulating the winding down of the day. A good bedtime choice for especially lively readers." Publishers Weekly

"For everyone who has had a bad day comes this innovative story about ending it by bringing on the night. Ashman's rhyme begins with a litany of things that go wrong. Illustrating the havoc are Tusa's marvelously cluttered pictures. One young girl decides to take action. With pail and broom, she steps out of her window into the sky and recites instructions for pulling down the sun, peeling the blue from the sky, splattering gold on the black, and making a moon out of rock." Booklist
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From HOW TO MAKE A NIGHT. Illustrations by Tricia Tusa, copyright 2004. With permission of HarperCollins.

Author's Note

Bike blew a tire.
Boat sprang a leak.
Scooter's in the gutter.
Sneaker's in the creek.

Train skipped the track.
Cat spilled the juice.
Cake's on the floor.
Snake's on the loose.

Papa's hair is haywire.
Mama's face is pale.
Pup is in the corner
with his head beneath his tail.

Time to settle down!
Time to clean the mess!
Time to bring the night around
so everyone can rest.

Ever have a day like this?

Like most parents, I had LOTS of them when Jackson was little. I would be so weary by late afternoon that I would begin fantasizing about night time, when I could rest . . . which, of course, led to this story.

With one child (and no snakes), my house never looked QUITE like Tricia Tusa's wildly imaginative illustrations (even though it may have felt like it at times). I love how Tricia's dynamic little girl takes command and brings a peaceful night to this wacky household.

Teaching Themes: bedtime, hectic days, imagination, "creating" a night, stories in rhyme, collage artwork.


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"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
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"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS