Smoky Night

David Diaz and Eve Bunting

“After being forced to leave their apartment, a young boy and his mother witness the Los Angeles riots from the safety of a shelter in this Caldecott Medal-winning modern classic.

Caldecott Medal winner in 1995.

After being forced to leave their apartment during the Los Angeles riots, Daniel and his mother watch the night’s events unfold from the safety of a shelter. “Diaz isn’t afraid to take chances when it comes to illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings set against a background of torn paper and found-object collage.” These images capture a calamitous atmosphere that eventually calms without becoming cluttered or gimmicky… Both the author and the artist have depicted a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.” —From the Bulletin.”