Review for The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness

Review for The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness

The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness, Dan DeWitt, Rhea Zai, Darkness, Forest, Light, Flashlight, Bear, Boy, Scared of the Dark, Religion, God, Picture Book, Children's BooksI received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

A book that definitely went a different direction than I thought it would take. Then again, I just picked this book for the cover. 😛 My expectations based on the cover/title was that this would be a story just about a boy who faces the darkness of the night. Instead it is way beyond that and goes further than you would think. It is also about religion, about Jesus, about light and darkness, about the fight between light and darkness.

We see our boy be scared of the dark but then finds the bible. And so we see from the start Adam and Eve to the birth of Jesus and his death and resurrection. How dark always shows up and some people go into the dark (we see Moses and various other biblestories), but will always be beaten by the light that shines. I loved seeing the biblestories get illustrated and I love how the illustrator did it so well.

While I did love the message, I am Christian myself and I fully agree with the message that light will always beat the dark, and Jesus and his father are there for us when we feel alone and lost in the dark, I did feel like something was missing. The ending just felt a bit too weird to me. We go from a boy afraid of the dark in his home, showing us the wonderfulness of the bible to him being outside in a tent shining a light into the darkness. I think I would rather have seen him brave the darkness in his home first and then go camping. Or just skip the camping.

At the end of the book we get some extra pointers. Something to read, something to remember, and a few questions to think about. I liked that they were added.

The illustrations/art of this book was wonderful, I love the style.

All in all, with the exception of the jarring ending, I am very happy with this book. It is beautifully written and it speaks to me.

Star rating, 4 stars

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