Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Darkness Slipped In"- a been there, done that, revisited bookwrap

Most children go through a phase of being 'afraid of the dark' and in Ella Burfoot's book "Darkness Slipped In" the darkness is reimagined as a playmate, a spiky- headed shadowy figure that isn't to be feared.  This is one of my favourite books and I feel some of my favourites are well worth a revisit in case you missed them the first time.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I loved it.  


Reading level: Ages 3-6

Unwrapping some amazing tactile illustrations that your child will love


"Tactile and appealing . . . an inspiration to kids struggling with sleep." --Publishers Weekly

About the book

There are just some books that you pick up, read through and after you finish you just want to hug close to your heart and never put down. Well that is the kind of impact this book had on me. It is one of those books that I wish I had written. I am so much in love with it that I have homed it in a ziplock bag so that nothing can harm it and it will always be in pristine condition for when I want to pull it out and re-visit that feeling of "awe" and euphoria that I experienced on the very first read.  Yes, I am a hopeless booklover and this is one of the books that truly connected with me on all levels. I bought multiple copies to share with my family and friends so I could celebrate "Darkness Slipped In". I guess you could say that this fantastic picture book stole my heart.

If your little one is afraid of going to bed at night and doesn't like when darkness appears then this book is ideal to share. 

It is written in rhyme and the words carry you along and invite you to participate in a wonderful, non-scary adventure along with Daisy as the form Darkness slips in through her window for his nightly visit. Daisy has no fear of him and welcomes him inside her home. The author portrays him as kid-friendly and ready for fun. 

Darkness is dressed in a glossy, black patent-leather motif and he oozes through her window and across her floor until he fills up the entire room. There is no mistake that Darkness is "in the house." He is funky and spunky and together both he and Daisy dance, play, and hang out until bedtime, both enjoying each other's company to the max. They even have a tea party... sipping lemonade in china cups and nibbling on cake. Oh my!  Now that's a party. 

The brilliant accent colours of lemon yellow and hot pink make this book visually striking against the black. It would be an amazing gift to give to a small child who might be experiencing night time fears and of course an accompanying nightlight would be awesome add-on to give along with the book.  I highly, highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating -  5++++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Born in rural Norfolk, I have been drawing and writing since I was a small child.
Inspired by artists and storytellers like Edward Lear, Eric Carle and David Mckee, I produced many poems, stories and pictures, which I would turn into books.

​I now come up with most of my ideas for stories when out walking in the countryside, and, if I'm lucky, I have a pencil and paper with me at the time- I quite often find myself repeating certain words or rhymes over and over in my head until I get home!
I studied at Falmouth College of Arts and earned my undergraduate degree in Illustration in 1999, followed by (a little while later) a distinction in my Masters Degree in Authorial illustration in 2005.
I have written and illustrated several picture books, including ‘Betty and the Yeti’, and ‘Darkness Slipped In’, which was highly commended at the British book design and production awards in 2008 and nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal in 2009. 
My latest picture book ‘Recipe for a Story’ was published by Macmillan children’s books in January 2015.
I live in Deepest Darkest Dorset with my partner Sam, our two small children and a motley crew of creatures.

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