By Geoffrey Hayes
Random House Books for Young Readers, $11.99, 23 pages
In the search for a night-light for Bunny, Geoffrey Hayes’ glow-in-the-dark story helps ease children into readiness for sleep by working to dispel much of the scariness of night. All children see the world differently in the dark, with varying degrees of concern. This book brings fun to the dark with its glow-in-the-dark features while addressing Bunny’s fears.
“’Papa,” said Bunny. “I can’t sleep. There’s too much dark at night.’”
It is a well-written story that will involve children from the very beginning, holding their interest throughout all of the many attempts with Papa to find a suitable night-light. Bunny finds something missing from each of the suggestions, but Papa never gives up trying to find a solution for Bunny. Ultimately, Papa suggests they ask Mama for her help. Children will cheer when Mama’s idea solves the problem.
Best read in the dark by the glow of a flashlight or night-light, The Bunny’s Night-Light: A Glow-in-the-Dark Search will easily become a child’s favorite book to be read and reread each night. Children will identify with Bunny, which opens up the chance to discuss their own trepidations. What a wonderful bedtime story!
Reviewed by Angie Mangino