Parents' Guide to

Dark Night

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Darkly comic, empowering take on tackling nighttime fears.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Great for kids dealing with their own fears and night-time willies!!

My girls picked this themselves just based on the cover. It is a great simple, imaginative and clever story that will really help your children understand how to understand and confront their fears. It is an awesome book to read also because the style is very different from mainstream,over-formulated books that are out everywhere. The rabbit is a great role model for any little kid who needs an example of someone small and quiet being a brave and cunning hero. If your child is not yet addressing fear of the dark or toddler anxieties, I would skip this. It is a little scary in a quiet & spooky kind of way.

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Dorothee de Monfreid, the French illustrator of I’d Really Like to Eat a Child, serves up another slightly subversive tale. This one is about confronting fear: Holding hands with a good friend, reasoning with the animals, and tricks of the mind won’t solve Felix’s problem -- those are wild beasts, after all! There’s no way around it: He will have to turn the tables on those frightening creatures, with bravery and a clever ruse.

Kids will be gratified to see Felix and the little rabbit prove themselves bigger and scarier than the intimidating beasts. Felix, clad in cheerful red pajamas, is an endearing young hero. Some kids might be a bit nervous as the story begins, but they’ll laugh at the sight of the formerly fierce animals quivering behind trees as costumed Felix makes his way home. The sky lightens to bright pink, banishing the dark night, and Felix and the rabbit celebrate with a hot chocolate toast. Cheers, indeed!

The mood is a bit surreal and spooky, but the cartoonish illustrations provide warmth and comic relief.

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