A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the dark isn't totally dark when you're outside and the stars and moon light up the sky.
"There's always a light shining somewhere ... Even in the dark." "But even mighty beasts get scared if we can't sleep with our nighty-lights." When you and your friend are scared together, maybe you "can be brave together, too." Inside, a night light can help make the dark not so dark. And outside, the stars and moon can help.
Positive Role Models
Tiny is sweet and open about his fear of the dark, both indoors and outdoors. He's a good friend to Pointy. Tiny's parents, aunt, and siblings are present inside Tiny's house, but they don't interact with him in this story.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark is the follow-up to author Jonathan Stutzman and illustrator Jay Fleck's Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug. Here, Tiny and his best friend Pointy (a stegosaurus) are in their jammies and about to embark on a backyard campout. The ony trouble is they're both afraid of the dark. This cute, sweet, relatable story of friendship and conquering your fears has clever language, lovable characters, and irresistible art.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful, reassuring picture book deals with a common childhood fear in a fun, creative, and lighthearted way. Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark tackles fear of the dark head-on, and models a couple of kids -- dinosaurs, in this case -- working through it. It's respectful of their feelings while showing there's actually some natural light outdoors that can help make the dark feel less scary.
Author Jonathan Stutzman's inventive, kid-like language is a big part of the fun. Tiny fears they can't sleep without their "nighty-lights." "And when there are no nighty-lights ... the Grumbles and Nom-bies come out." He notes that it's "hard to be brave when you are scared of the Crawly-creeps." This helps convey Tiny's deeply felt fears and makes for a lively read-aloud that works as a fun bedtime tale or a conversation-starter about fear of the dark or other fears. And Jay Fleck's illustrations are adorable.
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