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Dark, Dark Night Paperback – May 1, 2013
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Pres-Grade 1—At spring's arrival, Frog heads home to the pond, but stops to frolic with his pals Badger, Hedgehog, Rabbit, and Mouse. He borrows Mouse's lantern as dark approaches, is startled by the black "Pond Monster" (his shadow) that appears in the reeds, and flees in terror. Each friend takes a turn accompanying Frog back, each viewing her/his own version of the monster. When the first four see Mouse's shadow rise across the bank as she approaches, they realize their error and Frog finally splashes in. Preschoolers who fear the dark will relate to Frog's feelings, and will surmise the joke early on. Chapman's lush swamp paintings make perfect frames for the rounded animal stars. The refrain, "Woo-woo! the wind blew in the trees. Squeak-squeak! went the lanterns. 'Wait for me!' cried Mouse" provides interactive storytelling opportunities. Though the story is not particularly original in concept, the book's pace and large scenes will engage young listeners, and it could encourage active experimentation with shadows.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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