Haunting and dreamlike, this picture book describes the strange-splendid and plum-purple things that can happen on a night when the sky is like lace.When the Sky is Like Lace was named one of the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year when it was first published in 1975. The Times’ reviewer called it “… a haunting book, an original creation which survives on the power of its mood. Imaginative children with their own night fantasies may well blend this vision with their dreams.”On a night on which anything, you think, can and indeed will happen, three girls venture out to listen to otters sing, eat spaghetti with pineapple sauce, and watch trees dance. Horwitz’ text is just as innovative as it was forty years ago, complete with invented words and nouns put to use as verbs (“trees eucalyptus back and forth”). Barbara Cooney’s paintings complete the magic, using wispy and playful watercolors, a lesser-known and softer style than used in some of her more well-known books.