Night Lunch

Eric Fan, the acclaimed author and illustrator known for his distinctive and captivating style, has once again woven a mesmerizing story that transcends the boundaries of age and imagination. Night Lunch is a delightful picture book that takes readers on a whimsical journey through the enchanting world of the night.

In Night Lunch, Eric Fan invites us to explore the secrets and wonders of the nocturnal realm. The story revolves around Mouse who follows Owl’s night cart and embarks on a magical adventure when the moon rises high in the sky. Mouse sets off on a quest to discover the Night Lunch, an extraordinary feast only accessible to those who dare to venture into the dark.

The moonlit cityscape is the backdrop for Mouse’s adventure, and intricate illustrations come to life, casting a spell on readers of all ages. As Mouse navigates through the city streets, encountering a cast of charming and enigmatic characters, readers are transported to a world where anything is possible.

Eric Fan (auteur de Le jardinier de la nuit) - Babelio

Night Lunch is a story that celebrates the beauty of the night, the thrill of exploration, and the joy of sharing a meal with friends. It underscores the idea that the unknown can be filled with wonder and excitement if we approach it with an open heart and a sense of adventure.

Dena Seiferling’s illustrations in Night Lunch are nothing short of extraordinary. Her signature style, characterized by intricate details, rich colors, and a touch of whimsy, elevates the storytelling to new heights. Each page is a visual feast, with every creature, plate of food, and object meticulously crafted to create a world that feels both magical and familiar. The use of light and shadow is particularly noteworthy, as it adds depth and dimension to the illustrations, making them feel almost three-dimensional. 

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Night Lunch is a book that will enchant readers of all ages. While it is marketed as a children’s picture book, its theme and illustrations are sure to captivate adults as well. It’s the kind of book that families can enjoy together, with younger readers drawn to the story and older ones appreciating the artistry. Your kids and grandchildren will love this book…purchase a copy at or win this lovely book in our Giveaway section.

Tundra Books sat down with the author to ask his favourite nighttime snack: My favorite nighttime snack is probably a cheese melt. It’s very easy to make – just toast an English muffin or a piece of rustic bread, slather it with some mayonnaise, and top with good, aged cheddar (tomato slice is optional). Melt cheese until bubbly under a broiler and serve with a few dashes of hot sauce. 

If I’m feeling more ambitious, I’ll go for spaghetti aglio e olio e pepperoncino. I had a recipe book long ago, and the description of this pasta in it always stayed with me. It was something like: In Italy, an elegant host will prepare this simple pasta for his guests after the opera or as a quick midnight snack. I always aspired to be just such an elegant host. Suffice to say, that was a little too aspirational, but I can make a rather decent version of this pasta, so if I ever find myself hosting a post-opera midnight gathering, I’m all set. 

In that spirit, we provide you with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio e Pepperoncino in our Recipe section. Easy, satisfying and a great base for additional ingredients. 

Cover used with permission by Tundra Books.