Orion is very scared of the dark—until Dark decides to pay him a visit!
Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure. Emma Yarlett’s second picture book combines her incredible storytelling and artwork with die-cut pages that bring the Dark to life.
Reminiscent of Oliver Jeffers, Yarlett’s illustrations are a joyful mix of digital collage, sketchbook, and saturated watercolor done in a palette of blueberry and Starburst candies. Many pictures invite close inspection, adding quirky details that fill out the story. Orion’s adventures replace fear with fun, ending with a hug, a new friend, and a well- traveled pair of bunny slippers. Only sweet dreams ahead with this one. —Booklist (starred review)
The mixed-media artwork is engaging and expressive…. A funny, savvy bedtime story that addresses common fears. —Kirkus Reviews
The varied images are gorgeous to look at, and they will leave readers feeling fortunate to have witnessed these two protagonists’ starry-eyed mutual affection. —Publishers Weekly
Night-shy children will find companionship in Orion and comfort the Dark’s gentle, friendly appearance, while grown-up readers will invent excuses to keep this book on their own shelves. —BookPage
With detailed illustrations that pop off every page, this story is a wonderful exploration of how sometimes the things we fear the most are just things we don’t understand —Shelf Awareness
Strong support for those with unspoken fears, this book is a recommended first purchase for all libraries. —School Library Journal