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Orion and the Dark: 08/13/18
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett is a British children's book about a boy who is afraid of the dark. From an American point of view, the title seems only like a clever pun, making a constellation afraid of the very thing that contains it.
But it's not just that. Besides being the name of the hunter in Greek mythology, Orion is a boys name in Britain and has been gaining popularity in the United States in the last few years. According to Baby Center, it's the 356th most popular name.
So here is a boy with ties to the night through his name. But he's afraid of it — of the strange sounds — the strange shapes and shadows. There is only one thing to do, spend a night with the personification of the Dark. Dark gives Orion a tour of the night, showing what makes the sounds, what makes the shapes, and becoming friends with Orion.
Over all, Orion and the Dark reminds me of an update to There's a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer. It's a sweet little book about facing one's fears.