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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute dino and friend face their fear together in sweet tale.

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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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