Book Review: The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

THE BLUE HOUR By Isabelle Simler

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Pages: 42

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 20, 2017



A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn’t quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature—sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes—comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day. With its soothing text and radiant artwork, this elegant picture book displays the majesty of nature and reminds readers that beauty is fleeting but also worth savoring.



By John W. Kurtze

Isabelle Simler’s THE BLUE HOUR is a soothing bedtime story describing the quietness of nature and the forest.  Simler tells of the time between the day’s end and night falls as the Blue Hour.  The author introduces the various animals, plants, flowers and creatures of the evening in shades of blue.   Readers see the blue animals during the time of transitioning through the twilight with a background in various shades of blue.   The author creates a quiet atmosphere as night time arrives.   THE BLUE HOUR creates a magical feel telling the secrets and wonders of the world of blue.  Simler’s bedtime story is a peaceful read earning a five-star ranking.



 Isabelle Simler graduated from the Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Since then, she has written and illustrated several picture books, all of which focus on the natural world. Isabelle Simler leads drawing workshops for children based on The Blue Hour, teaching students how to represent nature through the lens of a single color. She lives in Paris. Visit her website at

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