Why We Have Day and Night
It’s all dark!
What happened to the light?
Why is everything black?
Do you know?
In this curious tale, four children, accompanied by their faithful cat, stumble around in the dark and ask, “What’s going on when the lights go out?” A lot of imagination and a little bit of science (cue a flashlight and an orange) inspire a creative conclusion. To these young minds, why we have day and night is a big question that can only be answered by one (very hungry) little bug.About the ARTIST
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula
earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery
!About the AUTHOR
Peter F. Neumeyer (b. 1929) is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books of prose and poetry for children and adults. His collaborations with Edward Gorey include Donald and the . . .
, Donald Has a Difficulty
(see The Donald Boxed Set
), and Why We Have Day and Night
. The personal correspondence between Neumeyer and Gorey is collected in Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer
. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.