Wow, so many great comments, and lots of things to think about!
I just got Switch On The Night in the mail (it took a while) and read it, just to be sure that it would be good for the child I'm giving it to. What a wonderful story. The illustrations are also very good and they fit in with the story perfectly (they're a bit to surreal for my taste, but I'm a grown-up in a grown-up world).
Like most good childrens books, it has one meaning on the surface, and another meaning if you go a little deeper. And the deeper meaning is a great message for both children and adults.
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DavidTVC15, glad you enjoyed the book and that you thought the child in question would enjoy it. It's a heavy responsibility, recommending books for young chidren!
It makes me recall a conversation I overheard between Ray and another gentleman at a book signing many years ago. The gentleman was having Ray sign a copy of SWITCH ON THE NIGHT and commented, "Mr. Bradbury, you should write more children's books." Ray smiled and repled, "All of my books are children's books." And when you think about it, Ray comment was absolutely right. So many of Ray's novels and stories are born from his childhood memories, loves and fears, and he in turn writes for the child in all of us.
Thanks Richard, I've always loved Family Circus, and that's a great one.
I'm happy to report that seven year-old Adam really likes the book. I read it to him once, and he recently told me that he read it on his own three times. It's such a wonderful, beautiful feeling when you introduce someone to a great story and hopefully influence him in a small way. He might even show up on this forum in a decade or so!