Books at bedtime are an essential part of our daily routine and this latest read is made for bedtimes, The Elephant that Ate the Night has been translated from the original Chinese text by Bing Bai, with illustrations from Yuanyuan Shen and is the first picture book published by new publishers, Everything With Words.
“At the end of every day in the dark mushroom forest night came. Night grew and grew and grew till it covered EVERYTHING.” For Duoduo the bear cub, Taotao the baby monkey and Zhazha the little porcupine this is the worst part of their day. Every night they tell their mummies they don’t want the dark to swallow them up.
But then, Awu the elephant arrives. An elephant like no other, he doesn’t eat bananas or leaves, his favourite thing to eat up is the yummy darkness. And Duoduo, Taotao and Zhazha couldn’t be more pleased to meet him as he arrives at the dark mushroom forest and swallows up the night.
Now there isn’t a speck of dark anywhere to be seen and everyone in the forest is happy. However, soon all the animals are tired, the forest is tired but there is no darkness to help them fall asleep. Can Awu put the forest back to how it was and help everyone get a good night’s sleep?
Beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations in muted colours make for a wonderfully lyrical picture book. It’s so easy to try and avoid the things that might make our children fearful but opening them up like this in a picture book and finding a resolution is a perfect way to address any fears.
This book is perfect for a bedtime story, especially for those children who are a little bit worried about the dark.
Buy The Elephant that Ate the Night from Wordery with free delivery.
Many thanks to Everything With Words for sending a copy of this book for review.
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