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Orion and the Dark

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  771 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Orion is very scared of the dark — until Dark decides to pay him a visit!
Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Templar Publishing
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Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett is a beautiful book from the first page to the last. From the color of the cover and on actually! A sweet, fun, soothing story of trying to conquer your fears.

Orion, the cutest bunny slipper wearing cutie, is scared of many, many things, but the dark is his biggest fear. He has tried everything from glow worms to hoping to invent the everlasting lightbulb. Until one night, Orion stands up and demands the Dark to go away! But the Dark comes down and introduces h
Leilah Skelton
May 18, 2014 Leilah Skelton rated it it was amazing
The most incredible thing about small children is their inexhaustible imaginations. A mind that transforms a bed sheet tent into a spaceship during the day, however, can also make monsters out of the shadows at night. This beautiful book explores, with a light-hearted and humorous approach, the common anxieties of a small boy named Orion, and most specifically, his fear of the dark. On a night-time adventure with Dark himself, he is reassured that his fears are unfounded, and that there are many ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The best way to conquer your fear is to face it.
This is exactly what Orion does. Orion is afraid of many things, his greatest fear is the Dark. One night Orion gets fed up with being afraid and he demands the Dark leave. The Dark and Orion meet and learn more about each other. Together The Dark and Orion explore the scary parts of the dark and see that there is fun to be had, and The Dark is not so scary.

I loved the uniqueness of this book. It had captions, flips outs, illusions, and more within
oh, Orion!, i wish you had won the Caldecott award WITH Beekle this year!!

this one will be my newest picture book project that i will force on everyone i can just so that they see it. i did that quite a bit with beekle when i found him, and i like to think he has more friends now because of it :) Orion and the Dark deserves just as much attention because it is such an adorable story of adventure and friendship and imagination and even getting over your fears! it will be a great story to give to
Santiago Casares
Apr 27, 2015 Santiago Casares rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Orion and the Dark shows what happens when a little kid named Orion faces his greatest fear of all: the Dark. The dark is mysterious and hides monsters, and Orion doesn't like it, not one bit.

But the Dark turns out to be a nice fellow, and shows Orion that the dark can be fun too!

The illustrations are beautiful, specially the depiction of the Dark (which reminded me of the style of Japanese anime director, Hayao Miyazaki).

This is a great book to help kids to overcome their fear of the unknown.
Apr 22, 2015 Susie rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book. It's one that you could read over and over and notice things you hadn't seen before. I don't know how much it would allay a child's fear of the dark, but it's a nice start! The little "surprises" were neat as well. The one I read had more of a green background on the cover, which seems to fit better than the orange one shown here.
A fun, cute, beautifully illustrated picture book.

I read this one in Dutch, but I will be writing my review in English. :)

This book is perfect for kids who are afraid of the dark. It shows (through lots of fun events) that there is nothing scary about the dark. He is just a nice fellow, and all those sounds you hear at night? All perfectly explainable if you would just have good friend next to you who will guide you.

I really loved Orion, though he sure is afraid of A LOT of things. Not only th
Joey Hines
The illustrations here are SO similar to those in Oliver Jeffers's books that I couldn't think about anything else while reading. It's like the author combined elements of The Way Back Home and Lemony Snicket's The Dark, but I liked both those books more than this. There's a difference between ripping off someone's established style and paying them a loving homage. I'm not sure which one this book is doing, but the question was so distracting to my experience that I can't rate it better than "ok ...more
Dimity Powell
Nov 13, 2014 Dimity Powell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
Fantastic face your fears yarn full of humour and humility, and moving parts! There's page loads of interactive fun, eye-squinting detail, and close-to-the-bone reality to keep kids aged 4 + entertained for hours, whilst gently showing them how to turn their fears and worries into happy, companionable entities - read - friends. After all, 'nobody is scared of their best friend'. Utterly beguiling.
Apr 15, 2015 Desiree rated it really liked it
Orion is a funny little kid who is afraid of many things. His biggest fear comes at night when he must face the dark alone. Orion uses his manners and connects with the dark in a unique way to make the dark less scary in this original tale. This would be a great book to use in a monster story time kit, or as a conversation starter about fears.
May 28, 2015 Kendra rated it liked it
A little didactic at times, but cute story overall. And could be helpful in alleviating some night time fears in little ones.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 13, 2015 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
An engaging and imaginative take on a common childhood fear.
Oct 25, 2016 Marfita rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
A good book on being afraid, which will be useful at Halloween. Orion is a little boy afraid of the dark, until the Dark personified comes to visit and introduces him to the fun of the dark and helps him identify what had been spooky sounds but are just normal things (like his dad snoring).
There is a lot of interesting detail in the book that would be missed showing it in a storytelling situation. There are also a couple of die-cut arms of the Dark that might not last long - library-wise.
Whole And
Excellent story for youngster who love constellations and need to make friends with the dark. Beautifully, artistically done.
Nov 22, 2016 Hazel rated it it was amazing
This books shows u that as a person u going to face obstacles but u cant be afraid when its time
Ana Calabresi
The style of illustration reminded me of Oliver Jeffers.
Oct 17, 2016 Becca rated it it was amazing
Topics : being afraid of the dark, sleeping, bedtime
Characters : the dark, orion
Classroom relevance : can show students that it's okay to be afraid of the dark
Grade level : 2+

Follows Orion and The Dark on a journey to help Orion get over his fear of being alone at night in the dark, accompanied by beautiful/detailed watercolor (?) and colored pencil illustrations
Brett Yoder
Dec 01, 2016 Brett Yoder rated it it was amazing
There are many books about children being afraid of something. Often these books are about how children rise up and overcome their fears in some way. This book takes a different perspective of a common childhood fear of the dark. Instead of overcoming the dark, Orion the child gets to know the dark. The dark takes him on adventure filled with imagination and fantastical elements. These are things that are typically never associated with darkness. Along the way the readers are overwhelmed with ...more
Jennifer Dupuis
Aug 30, 2016 Jennifer Dupuis rated it it was amazing
Emma Yartlett’s images are the main attraction in this story of Orion and how he conquers his fears, with the text serving as the transition to take you from page to page.

I was thrilled when I opened the book to find that the Copyright page is an intricate drawing. It’s a desktop that includes a dedication (“For Alex”), what looks like a journal with sketches and ideas and homework, an owl book (my love for owls is long-standing, so I’m already suckered in on the Copyright page), pencils, and t
Sep 24, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Aug 19, 2015 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Orion is scared of a lot of things thanks to his big imagination, but the thing that he is most frightened of is the dark. He hates bedtime and spends the night watching for monsters and listening for scary noises. One night, he is so upset that he shouts at the dark to just go away! That’s when the Dark outside his window changed and became alive. It entered his room and Orion cautiously greeted him. Then the Dark invited Orion along on an adventure. First, the two explored the darkest and most ...more
"I'm sad," I said to my boyfriend about a week ago. "Why are you sad?" he asked. "It's so dark now."

Summer's over. The sun's setting earlier and earlier, and it rains almost everyday. (Thanks, Joaquin.) I like Fall for a lot of reasons- cooler weather, pretty leaves, more outfit options, the holidays... but when it gets dark before 7pm, and/or when it's perpetually cloudy, I'm more likely to feel depressed and anxious. So honestly, I dread this time of year. Every single year.

But the character
Kati Polodna
This book is so utterly charming that I can't even. I love this. The illustrations. The story. It's all lovely! Go read this. I'm not afraid of the dark!
Jan 04, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orion, although his name has much to do with nighttime, is scared of a lot of things, mostly the dark! He doesn’t like the sounds he hears when it is dark and has no trouble imagining super scary things lurking in the black shadows. He hates bedtime. One night, he’s had enough and tells the dark and everything scary about it to go away. But, instead, the dark comes through Orion’s window and together they go about the house and the city and, eventually, the world and space, discovering that the ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Nicole added it
Orion is scared of ... well, everything. But more than anything else, Orion is scared of the dark. What with it's terrifying shadows and even more terrifying nighttime noises, of course Orion is scared.

Because of this, bedtime often fills Orion with dread. Until the night that the dark - an oversized creature - climbs through the bedroom window and shows Orion that the dark is not as scary as it seems.

Meeting the dark give Orion a whole new perspective, but is it enough to make him less scared?

Sep 17, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
September 2016
Nov 29, 2015 Madison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
This book is wonderfully charming. I sat down to cover it for the library and, opening it up, could not stop reading. Every page is full of humour and surprises. Even the title page is clever and funny.

Orion and the Dark is written in notebook form. Orion tells the reader that he is afraid of a lot of things, but is especially scared of the dark. So when Dark comes for a visit and Orion is more scared than ever before, he is a little reluctant to go on an adventure with Dark. But adventure they
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Originally published on my blog, Nine Pages .

Orion is scared of a lot of things—but especially of the dark. Fed up one night he yells at the dark, and the dark descends in a humanoid shape to show Orion why he shouldn’t be afraid of the dark and how much fun can be had in the dark. There’s even more text in this book than there is in Hector’s Shell. As with Hector’s Shell, a lot of the text is outside the story thread. For example, the sounds that Orion hears in the dark are written out. Exampl
This review was originally posted at The Children's Book and Media Review

Orion is scared of a lot of things—like closets, oceans, popping balloons, and girls—but what scares him more than anything else is the dark. He tries to solve the problem by doing things like staging a protest and dressing up as an owl but nothing works. Finally he is fed up with the dark and the scary noises and demands that Dark go away. Then outside his window, Dark comes alive and comes to talk to Orion. Together they
Erin Nizolak
Sep 12, 2016 Erin Nizolak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEAUTIFUL book, beautifully written. I love it. My son loves it. EVERYONE LOVES IT.
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Emma Yarlett graduated with honors in illustration from University College Falmouth in 2011. Her other work includes a nonfiction book by Julia Donaldson and animation for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award.
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