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Darkness Slipped In

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by Ella Burfoot
 

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Daisy isn't afraid of Darkness when he quietly slips in through her bedroom window one evening. Together, Daisy and Darkness dance and play until bedtime. This enchanting story personifies Darkness as a friendly and welcome visitor. The bold design includes a wonderfully tactile varnish to highlight Darkness's looming shape as he fills the room. The book's striking

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Daisy isn't afraid of Darkness when he quietly slips in through her bedroom window one evening. Together, Daisy and Darkness dance and play until bedtime. This enchanting story personifies Darkness as a friendly and welcome visitor. The bold design includes a wonderfully tactile varnish to highlight Darkness's looming shape as he fills the room. The book's striking use of black and white is enlivened by vibrant accents of hot pinks and warm yellows. The rhyming text is a delight to read aloud and will help allay a childhood fear of the dark. Darkness Slipped In has all the makings of a modern classic!

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"Tactile and appealing . . . an inspiration to kids struggling with sleep."  —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly

Daisy is thinking of a game to play "when Darkness slip[s] in at the end of the day," begins this arresting book. Unlike many children, Daisy is unafraid of Darkness, here portrayed as kind of sleek black Kokopelli character whose body is thin as he slips through her window but expands to fill the page when Daisy is finally ready for bed. Burfoot's (Bear and Me) heroine dances the "funky twist" with Darkness, shares lemonade with him and (when she gets tired) finds Darkness to be a comfort. Thanks to spot lamination, his shiny surface is tactile and appealing, and he stands out dramatically against the largely cartoon illustrations. Daisy and Darkness's relationship will be an inspiration to kids struggling with sleep, precisely because Burfoot has skipped over fear, focusing instead on the fun of nighttime. With a succinct rhyming text and art to match, this title is impressive in its simplicity. Ages 3-6. (June)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Fear of the dark is common among children. But when Darkness slips in the window at the end of the day as Daisy is happily playing and dancing, she is not scared at all. She grabs him and pulls him into her dance. Then they take a cake and lemonade break. "Now Darkness comes in every night to dance and laugh and play…" And when they are both sleepy, they know it is time to say "Good night." The brief, rhymed couplets make Darkness a friendly companion rather than a threat. Darkness is a solid, shiny, black anthropomorphic silhouette with a large white eye and the ability to change shape and size; just the right playmate for a pre-bedtime romp. Daisy is a charming, cartoony youngster dressed in pink, with a stuffed bunny at her side. The three have lots of fun with few details included in the illustrations that go across the pages or in boxed or single vignettes. The shiny black of Darkness really stands out. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781447281801
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
891,332
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Ella Burfoot is a talented young author and illustrator. Her previous work includes Louie and the Monsters and Bear and Me.

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Darkness Slipped In 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended for children who might be afraid of the dark.  This fantastic little book stole my heart.  It is written in rhyme and is inventive and enchanting.  Daisy shows no fear when Darkness slips in through the window one evening.  Darkness is portrayed as friendly and welcoming to her.  Darkness is dressed in a wonderful, glossy, black patent-leather style that gradually fills the whole room.  He is funky and spunky and they both love to dance the night away and have great fun together.  The brilliant accent colours of lemon yellow and hot pink make this book visually striking.  If giving this book as a special gift think of including a nightlight with it too.  Other books by the author are:  Louie and the Monsters, Bear and Me and Betty and the Yeti.  It is one of my all time favourite books and I won't lend it to anyone because I love it so and read and hug it often. 
slimikin More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a way to introduce the concept of darkness to a child in a non-threatening, non-scary way, it's hard to do better than Darkness Slipped In. Daisy is too busy playing to notice when Darkness sneaks into her room at the end of the day, but when she sees him sliding along the wall, she knows just what to do. Dance with him, of course! Ella Burfoot's art is bright and welcoming, and her depiction of Darkness as a glossy, rounded black silhouette against the matte background allows him to seem friendly and playful as he dances, shares tea, yawns, and at last hugs Daisy as she falls asleep.