Wounded by the insensitivity of the Moon, the Night Eater stubborningly refuses to eat any more night. The result, at first, is a dark world of wonder, filled with nocturnal animals and flowers, but then the earth becomes cold and people begin to yearn for ths sun. Children cry out for the Night Eater to return, the moon grows tired of shining all the time and plants begin to die. So the Night Eater does return--and quite happily begins chowing down again on the ever-so-tasty night--keeping a piece of night always tucked under his hat so he will never forget "the sweetness of the night."
A lovely book--a myth-like story and delicious to look at.