A little boy faces his fear of the dark by engaging in a conversation with it. Imagining the dark as a friendly shadow creature, the boy comes to the realization that the dark is not only a necessary part of life, but that it can be fun as well! The boy and his new friend play make believe, meditate, and listen to music until it's finally time to fall asleep.
In Hello, Dark, Wai Mei Wong's debut offers a mindful depiction of the dark that's perfect for bedtime and will help even the most restless sleepers find their own comfort after the lights go out. Tamara Campeau's compelling illustrations depict the boy's bedroom in deep and rich color that perfectly evokes the feeling of darkness without being frightening. A note to caregivers at the end of the book relays the author's experience as an early childhood educator who has often supported families seeking support to manage their child's fear of the dark and sleeping anxiety.
Befriending the dark is a smart concept because how can you be afraid of something if it's your friend? I love how the author addresses the fear of darkness in an indirect and positive light. Instead of focusing on the boy's apprehension, the author twists it so the dark is the one who's lonely and looking for a friend too. The overall dark illustrations fit the theme and I love how the illustrator portrays darkness as a shadow so it puts emphasis on it being an actual friend to talk with. Not something to be scared of.
Final Verdict: HELLO, DARK is the perfect book for children who have a fear of the dark. A parent's job is to bring positivity into a child's life and this author gives parents the opportunity to do exactly that.