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Im Dunkeln: Eine Gutenachtgeschichte

by Alexandra Junge

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Originally published in German as Im Dunkeln: Eine Gutenachtgeschichte (literally, "In the Darkness: A Good-Night Story"), this picture-book addresses a common childhood experience in an imaginative and thoughtful way. Beginning when its young heroine, Laura, is just getting into bed, and wondering to herself why it has to get dark every night, the narrative describes just what a world "without night" would be like, listing all the things - from seeing the stars to dreaming - that we would miss.

Although the text felt a little stiff to me - something I attributed to issues of translation, rather than Junge's writing - I enjoyed A Night-Time Tale, both for its message that the dark is something to embrace, rather than fear (something that brings many blessings), and for its distinctive artwork. The fantastic vistas perfectly capture the surreal quality of the dream-world that Junge references in her text. I particularly liked the elongated and bent "figures" of the personified sun and moon! All in all, a sweet little bedtime book, with a flavor of wildness - or strangeness, if you will - running through it, and giving it added flavor. ( )
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A carousel of words and pictures, this touching tale puts a playful spin on the common childhood fear of the nighttime. A little girl who has always been afraid of the dark embarks upon an amazing adventure that explains why the night follows the day and begins to make friends with things she had once feared. Thoughtful and inspiring, this family fable examines the purpose of night and the dreams that accompany it.
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Why does night have to follow day, bringing strange shapes and the creatures of the dark? Find out why we all need the night and the dreams that come with it.

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