Monday, February 23, 2015

George in the Dark: PB #10 for 14:14 Review

Title: George in the Dark
Madeline Valentine
Alfred A. Knopf
Year: 2013
Word Count: 207

By day, George is a brave boy. He’ll climb the tallest tree, leap over fences, and stand up for his friends, without fear. But when the sun goes down, it’s only a matter of time before his parents say good night, leaving him in the dark. 
In the dark, George’s room fills with terrifying sights. The only thing to do is to hide under the covers with his bear. But wait! On this night, Bear is not in his bed. Where is it? It’s across the room, in the darkest, scariest corner...

Story Element: Themes – Bravery and Fear

Spread 1: (Introduction)
George leaps over a barking dog.
George was a brave kid.

Spread 2:
George swings really high, stands up to a bully and eats a worm.
In fact, he was braver than most.

Spread 3:
George cringes as he enters his dark bedroom.
But bedtime was a different story.

Several spreads show George’s parents trying to enforce bedtime.
Then George is alone in his dark, spooky room. But where is bear?

Spread 10:
George finally spots his bear.
Then he saw it. In the scariest and darkest place.
All alone.
George wanted to scream. He wanted to call out for his mom and dad.
“Poor Bear!” said George.

Spread 11:
George tries to rescue bear without leaving his bed.
He tried to get his bear back the easy way. But it was no use.
He would have to go rescue it.

Spread 12:
George creeps out of bed.
“I will be brave,” said George.

In the end, George bravely rescues his bear and overcomes his fear of the dark. The illustrations perfectly show the themes of bravery and fear. However the text reads like an easy reader.

(Post #10 for the 14:14 Picture Book Blog Review Challenge created by Christie Wild of Write Wild. )


  1. I hadn't heard of this one before. It sounds great for little ones. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I think the simplicity of language might help little ones connect.

  3. This would be an interesting one to compare and contrast with Lemony Snicket's The Dark.

    1. I haven't read Lemony Snicket's The Dark. But I will.

  4. Isn't it great how the themes of bravery and fear go hand in hand!

  5. Love your post. This is great for themes of bravery and fear!

  6. Great theme, loved how George overcomes fear. Excellent example of a focus on the theme where a character's traits in another situation transfer to the conflict-situation he finds himself in. Thanks Manju.

  7. Damon, your right. I could have discussed bravery and fear as character traits.

  8. this book is adorable. The boy, who is afraid, conquers his fear because he is more worried about bear in the dark, scary corner. Adorable.


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