New York: Pantheon Books, 1955. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's light gray paper-covered boards, Spine and upper board lettered in yellow, small black-and-white illustration to upper board, pink endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Once there was a little boy who didn't like the Night..." First edition of 20th-century science fiction master Ray Bradbury's first book for children, illustrated by Swiss-American multi-disciplinary artist Madeleine Gekiere. Based on Bradbury's own experiences as a child, the tale follows the story of a little boy who is afraid of the dark. As he sits in his room alone with only light for company, a little girl fittingly named "Dark" teaches the boy the wondrous events he can see when he "switches on the Night." Bradbury wrote the story one week after his daughter Susan was born. The writer worried that his daughter, suffering from colic, would have the same nightmares and worries about the unknown he had growing up. Gekiere’s whimsical and cosmic illustrations perfectly echo the writer's words. In an interview with Gekiere in 2012, she explained that although she never met Bradbury while illustrating the book, she had a positive experience working with him: "I never got any royalties on my other books...they simply paid me a lump sum. But, Ray Bradbury, no problem, he shared profits...just a very nice man. Even then he was a big shot. But he sent me an inscribed book (a first edition of Fahrenheit 451) and was so generous. He didn't owe me anything." Light edgewear and toning to boards; unclipped dust jacket chipped at tail of spine and lightly toned and edgeworn. Very good. Item #1984