Review of A Patch of Black by Rachel Rooney and Deborah Allwright

Bookbabbler Wendy has reviewed A Patch of Black for us…

This storybook is perfect for those that are scared of the dark as it makes you think about darkness in a positive way.
The story starts with a little girl who is getting ready for bed and her Mum says to her,
‘Don’ be afraid of the darkness, dear, Don’t be afraid of the dark. What can you do with a patch of black, a moon and a silver star? You can …

And then they go off on an adventure to see that for instance you can hear mermaids sing on pearly rocks. This rhyme is repeated every couple of pages with various adventures with rainbows, dragons, and even a chocolate money tree, until the little girl is tucked up in bed. The story ends with the little girl waking to find a golden day.

The story is charming and the pace of the story is great for a bedtime read as it reads like a lullaby. It is accompanied by beautiful, evocative illustrations from Deborah Allwright, with each page having its own patch of black, a moon and a silver star for little ones to spot.

A delightful bedtime book that I would highly recommend.

Thanks Wendy and thank you to Macmillan for sending us a copy to review.