The Night Riders by Mark Furie

Before I get to ANYTHING today, I get to announce the winner of the I Funny and I Funnier books by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein! WOO!


The winner is –






(chosen randomly from a hat by my sister) JOANNA MARPLE! YAY!


I will be emailing you Miss Marple to get your mailing address so the publisher can send you your books! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for other great give-aways!ย 


ALSO – before I get to today’s review, if you missed what I was cooking over at Jama’s Alphabet Soup, click HERE to go check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€


The Night Riders

Written and Illustrated by Mark Furie

48 pages – ages 4+

Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on August 7, 2012

A frog sets out on a journey at night with his friend rat on his bike. As they peddle down the road, they make new friends (a bat and a dragon-like reptile). Their journey takes them toย unusual places like an underground lair and a deserted town. The friends have lots of fun, and even have to escape a creepy crab-monster.

The Night Riders is a wordless story that I enjoyed. The story told by the pictures is about friendship and a night-time adventure. The illustrations are very detailed and give the reader a lot to look at.ย I think the book is great for kids with a lot of imagination. I thought the story told by the pictures isn’t always straight forward so you have to really pay attention it (I had to explain some of it to my little sister Josie). The frog is a great character, with a lot of emotion shown in his face. The rat friend is very cute too. The details in each panel are fun to search out. I also wanted to mention that this book has a great feel to it. It is an unusual size (10″x6″) and the paper feels like artwork paper. This is all a nice touch by the publisher. The funky-cool world created by Mr. Furie in The Night Riders is one I think kids with a big imagination will love .

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworm.fourbooks

You can see an interview with the author and see interior images from the book at the McSweeney’s websiteย HERE.

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Age 9+, Comics / Graphic Novels

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44 replies

  1. Have to love anything with a dragon-like creature in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. As a city dog, I have always wanted to see a real live frog. If frogs are THAT big, I’ve changed my mind. Plus I never want to see a rat. Ever.

    Love and licks,

  3. Amazing coincidence I read this the other day! It’s fantastic and zero words. :0)

  4. Love this book – and it’s very quirkiness!

  5. OK, you’ve ALL got me curious about this book! lol

    And congrats to Joanna ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Thanks for sending us over to Jama’s. LOVED the cooking post!!

  7. Congratulations Joanna. Enjoyed the wordless book. Great review — although I don’t like rats.

  8. I will definitely have to check this one out!

  9. Wowee, this sounds like my kinda book! Going to check it out. Thanks Erik!

  10. Well, I LOVE wordless books! We’ll have to check this one out. Thanks Erik!

  11. I really love the illustrations in this. It immediately caught my eye. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Erik! My 12 year old daughter ADORES this James Patterson series. She has a copy of both books. I gave I Even Funnier to her as a Christmas present. Glad to see these books here. Night Riders also looks cute. Are you familiar with the ancient TV series known as The Knight Rider? Heh. Shows my age. ๐Ÿ™‚

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