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Yarlett, Emma: Orion and the Dark

Magazine article School Librarian

Yarlett, Emma: Orion and the Dark

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Yarlett, Emma

Orion and the Dark

Templar, 2104, pp32, 11.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 78370 028 8

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Orion is a small boy who is scared of a lot of things, (spiders, monsters, popping balloons, girls...) but, in particular, the dark. He has tried all sorts of remedies: eating carrots to help him see in the dark, painting his room with neon paint--nothing works. He hates bedtime, and tosses and turns in fear until, one night he shouts at the dark to 'Go Away', and a dark starry shape comes alive and drops in through his skylight. More scared than ever, he remembers his manners and introduces himself. Dark shakes his hand with his own dark hand (sticking out as a flap) and takes him on an adventure. He asks Orion to show him all the scary places in the house, and rationalises the noises and shadows, and does the same with noises in the street, but Orion is still scared of the darkest place--the night sky. …

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