Summary: Reading the bios of both the author and illustrator of The Dark, Dark Night made me wish I could meet them. The lives of author M. Christina Butler and illustrator Jane Chapman seem so similar to those of every day moms, and their story was so likeable, that I am sure we could hit it off easily. The story is of five animal friends who band together for support as they encounter the “Pond Monster” (aka – their shadows). Their support for one another makes the story a success. The illustrations are filled with bright, jewel-like colors, yet portray the nighttime scene effectively.
Pros: A fun story to teach children the lesson that things are not always what they seem, as well as the value of supportive friendships. The illustrations are generous in size, filled with detail and beautiful colors.
Cons: The book could be slightly scary for very young children, but this could be used as a conversation starter to help allay fears of the dark.
Age Range: 2-8
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