Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review: 'Scared of the Dark' by Caroline L. Thornton

Caroline L Thornton makes an impressive debut no the realm of children’s books with SCARED OF THE DARK. Her writing is strong, her sense of rhyming is excellent and subtle, the nighttime frights are addressed well and the reassurances of overcoming fears is outstanding – a must read for parents to children.

As Caroline summarizes the book, ‘My book was inspired by my own fear as a child and I’ve tried to create a book that I think would have helped me. The dark can be scary, especially when you don't know what you're afraid of. But you're not alone, most of us have felt scared at night and the dark's not actually so bad. Discover some of the reasons for our fear, meet friendly animals who play in the night and learn to think of the dark in a new way. Oh, and just in case some monsters are'll be reminded that you're braver than you may think!’

Couple this message about a universal sensation (fear of the dark) with the graphics Caroline uses – terrific line drawings along with artfully manipulated photographs and collages – and the result is a first rate very creative, impressive children’s book. Or as Caroline summarizes toward the end, ‘As the things you believe can affect how you feel make the dreams that you weave what you wish to be real’ Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 16

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