This is a story that doesn't seem to be sure what it's about. It could be about the Hindi Festival of Lights: Divali, or it could be about overcoming fears. In trying to provide insight on both, it does neither. For openers, the front endpaper depicts Rama and Sita, whose hands appear to be holding the book for the first six pages, announcing that the story will amaze readers and for them not to be afraid. Spike, a boy in a big house with a 'big' family is quite a timid little fellow, but this story is not about his big family. It's about Spike being afraid of his own shadowand how he overcomes his fears. This is where Rama and Sita step in. In Spike's class at school, Mrs. Pugh announces their love story will be told using shadow puppetstraumatizing for someone afraid of their own shadow! Find out how Spike bravely takes part in this drama, and becomes a heromuch to the delight of his class, and especially to himself. Following the story are pages that describe how shadows are made, along with instructions for making your own spooky shadow puppets. This title in the "Go Bananas" series seems to be a paradox of sorts, not quite a memorable story, nor a factual book on Divali or shadows. On a positive note, it makes for a good diversion while waiting for others to catch up on assignments in class! 2006 (orig. 2002), Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 4 to 8.