I came across this delightful picture book last week when I was putting new books out for display. A Patch of Black is one of the best picture books I’ve seen that’s aimed at children who are scared of the dark and it’s a wonderful bedtime story. It starts with a mother and her child in the girl’s bedroom getting ready for bed. The mother says to her child,
“Don’t be afraid of the darkness, dear.
Don’t be afraid of the dark.
What can you do with a patch of black,
a moon and a silver star?
The mother then tells the child about all the different places and things she could dream about when she’s sleeping. There are pirates and mermaids, princesses and dragons, ice cream lakes and milkshake streams, and much more. The mother’s refrain is repeated throughout the book and is followed by a different dream land.
It’s a very reassuring story that will have children imagining their own dream lands. The illustrations are also reassuring and comforting, as they’re light, bright and full of excitement. If you want a bedtime story that you’ll be happy to read again and again, grab a copy of A Patch of Black by Rachel Rooney and Deborah Allwright.