Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Gaye Chapman
Publisher: Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
Published: January 2015
RRP: 24.95
Format: Hardback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-742975-28-3


In the Evening concerns itself with that ‘time of day’ when not only the light changes, but how our perceptions of the world around us can be affected too. It is the time described in a common French idiom as “the hour between the wolf and the dog” – when the light can cause you to confuse the friendly dog and the unfriendly wolf.’


- Dianne Cook, Buzzwords

In the Evening

Oscar is shy, Charlie bold.

Oscar stays in, Charlie swings outside.

Can they ever be friends?

The enchanting tale of a friendship that buds, falters, recovers and blossoms.

A CBCA Notable for Picture Book of the Year 2016

A NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Title for 2016

“This elegantly beautiful Australian picture book is a sumptuous delight. Enchantingly poetic wording from Edwina Wyatt is brought to life through the soft-coloured magic of illustrator Gaye Chapman. This is a collaborative team to watch.” – Kate Murray, Babyology

“At its heart In the Evening is about our need for connection and the confusion of shyness.…The opening words of this book are written like a poem…The lyrical language, emotional arc and relationship of the artwork to this Emily Dickinson poem mean I am sure to find great discussion points for middle primary students.” – Momo, Time to Read

“Highly recommended. I loved the text in this book – it is a lovely story of the discovery of friendship between Oscar and Charlie, despite the anxious misgivings of Oscar. Their isolation from one another eventually is overcome by simple acts of kindness, even though they are not initially well-received. They both become concerned for each other – without ever having met. The poetic start to the first few pages allows a tender introduction to the difficulties of the characters living relatively lonely and separated lives.” Carolyn Hull, Readplus

“This is a fine book, gently demonstrating that new horizons can open up if we face fears and meet people halfway. The enchanting story shows young readers that friendship can develop between anyone, even if there are some rocky times…but for friendship to blossom it needs us to reach out.” – Lesley Reed, Creative Kids Tales

“A sensitive story about the complexities of friendship…The sweet simplicity of the narrative is complemented by whimsical watercolour and pencil illustrations that bring introvert Oscar and extrovert Charlie delightfully to life in a soft, wintry palette. This is a gentle read, perfect for bedtime.” – Anouska Jones,  Kids’ Book Review

“Both the story and the illustrations are, in the strict sense of the word, fabulous.  At the launch of her book Edwina Wyatt described the relationship between writer and illustrator as the “co-imagining” of a story. This is an example of “co-imagining” at its best.” – Dianne Cook, Buzzwords