George in the Dark

George in the Dark

eBook - 2014
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For all kids who have ever dreaded the moment when the lights turn off and the bedroom door closes . . . By day, George is a brave boy. He'll climb the tallest tree, leap over fences, and stand up for his friends, without fear. But when the sun goes down, it's only a matter of time before his parents say good night, leaving him in the dark. In the dark, George's room fills with terrifying sights. The only thing to do is to hide under the covers with his bear. But wait! On this night, Bear is not in his bed. Where is it? It's across the room, in the darkest, scariest corner... Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark, this heartwarming tale gives extra reassurance to little ones who are bravely facing their own bedtime fears.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780449813362
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 08, 2015

During the day, George is fearless. He will do things that his friends can't even imagine doing. But bedtime is a different story. George does not like the dark. He imagines all sorts of scary things in his room. But one night during a fit of fear, George's bear becomes lost across the dark room. George gathers all of his courage to make it foot by foot across the room to save George.

The illustrations are done in graphite, gouache, and colored pencils. The are very colorful in the daytime pictures and the graphite is done well to depict the night time scenes. The humor shows well throughout each page.

There are several things I love about this story. First it begins with light and humor keeping things lighthearted before the heavy subject comes. But even when the part comes about George being in the dark, the author still manages to weave humor in, making it less scary. She shows how George overcomes his fears to rescue his bear. He is still afraid, but he doesn't let that hold him back from what is important. Then the charcoal lightens up some at the end and George sees the room for what it really is instead of what he had imagined. He is also very proud of himself for being brave. This story is a winner all the way around and I highly recommend it for bedtime. It is advertized for ages 3-7 which is about right depending on the maturity of the child. The younger ones many not get the full effect of the humor.


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