Hodder Children’s Books
You might want to have your sunglasses ready when you read Rabbit Bright with its dazzling day-glow colour palette.
Rabbit Bright has finally summoned up the courage to turn off his night light. But thinking about so doing, sets the little fellow wondering, “ … where does the light go when it’s dark?”
Instead of sleeping, it’s helmet on, panda clinging on behind and off he goes on his bicycle out into the blue-black night with this thought in mind: “If there’s dark, there must be light.”
And light there surely is; for first he sees a sky lit up by fireworks.
Then, having left his cycle, he boards an underground train with its glowing headlamps.
In the forest too he encounters light, in the form of bright-eyed nocturnal creatures.
Boarding a boat, he paddles off to a cave where the darkness is punctuated by the flashes of fireflies.
His journey of discovery continues in a sub-oceanic craft and our little explorer is almost dazzled by the sea creatures shining as they swim.
Having next, climbed a hill for a spot of star-gazing, Rabbit and panda float off into space.
Then mysteriously, that bicycle reappears, for the two to set off homewards where a cosy bed awaits. Sweet dreams Rabbit Bright; sweet dreams little panda.
If you have, or know a little one who has anxieties about the dark, then this is the perfect book to share with them. Not only is it an exciting story, beautifully and arrestingly illustrated, it should help to assuage those fearful feelings about turning off the light and being alone in the darkness.