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Author: Asa Sanchez and Phil Dumesnil

Illustrator: Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn

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Publisher: Immedium, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It's been a busy day, and now it's time for the Woollyhoodwinks to go to bed. Everyone is ready to sleep except Fluke. He is afraid of the dark. Just about dawn, the 'Winks are awakened by noises and discover a dark patch stitched to the ground. As each brave Woollyhoodwink tries to make it go away, the patch eats them up. Fluke is the last Hoodwink left. Rescuing his friends is up to him. Can he do it? This picture book is a bedtime fantasy about conquering your fears.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved the little stuffed characters. She also would offer comments as each Woollyhoodwink tried to eliminate the patch: "That won't work" and "uh-oh" were frequent additions to our reading.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an adorable book. The surreal elements of the patch might be a bit to oblique for some kids, but the stuffed creatures and their props will make up for that. The character names are unique, adding to the fun of reading, too. I love how the author stayed true to the "fabric" of the story, stitching the dark patch to the page.

Pros: Photos of the characters, each with a personality, add to the fun of sharing this book about being brave.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun, creative story to share. Even if your child is not afraid of the dark, this is still fun to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE QUACK   QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN (Ann Estelle Stories)   NOISES AT NIGHT

Educational Themes: There are several layers to this story. The primary theme is dealing with your fear of the dark, but it also speaks to being brave, helping your friends, and creative problem solving.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, emotions, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2009

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