Mini review: Scared of the Dark? It’s Really Scared of You

SCARED OF THE DARK? IT’S REALLY SCARED OF YOU, by Peter Vegas and Benjamin Chaud, Chronicle Books, Aug. 18, 2020, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 3-5)

Fear of the dark is a common childhood fear. Scared of the Dark? It’s Really Scared of You flips that fear on its head.

Did you know the dark spends its days hiding from the light in your underwear drawer? It’s true. The dark thinks you are scary. It only feels brave when the sun goes down. But it’s hard to do things when there’s no light. The dark knows kids don’t like it, but that doesn’t stop it from having fun.

Scared of the Dark? It’s Really Scared of You does a great job of demystifying those shadows and fears. The writing is clever and the illustrations are inviting. Peter Vegas and Benjamin Chaud give children something tangible to focus on.

Scared of the Dark? It’s Really Scared of You is a great choice for younger children, even if the title is a little too long and on-the-nose.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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