Smoky Night

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Smoky Night
Smoky Night
Author Eve Bunting
Illustrator David Diaz
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Harcourt
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-15-269954-3
OCLC 28294012
[E] 20
LC Class PZ7.B91527 Sl 1994

Smoky Night is a 1994 children's book by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of a Los Angeles riot and its aftermath: two people who previously disliked each other working together to find their cats. In the end, the cats teach their masters how to get along. The book made the list of One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century compiled by the Staff at the School Library Journal. They added the book to the list as paving the way towards the genre of serious picture books.[1]

David Diaz's acrylic, collage-like illustrating of the tale earned the book the 1995 Caldecott Medal.[2]


  1. ^ School Library Journal: [1]. URL accessed 2 April 2010.
  2. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
Preceded by
Grandfather's Journey
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Officer Buckle and Gloria