George in the Dark

George in the Dark

Book - 2014
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A little boy overcomes his fear of the dark during a daring teddy bear rescue.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780449813348
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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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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