The whimsy of this book is really dazzling. The plot is simple: a group of children slip outside (they send one of their number back for warmer clothes) to play ice hockey in the moonlight. There is no tension; instead, this is a descriptive, vivid story of a fantastic night out. I especially loved the enormous, dark images of nighttime and the balance between these images and the descriptions of nature. I agree with some of the other posters' comments about not letting children go out at night. This is a conversation one would want to have with a young child to whom you read the book. On the other hand, I don't think this is actually a book just for children--I would happily give this book to an adult who had fond memories of snow, ice, and adventure. In short, this is beautiful, and I would highly recommend it.