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The King Who Banned the Dark

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There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There's nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark.

He would ban it.

When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Pavilion Books
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a story about disliking the dark
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book showing a young king who grows up afraid of the dark. He decides to ban the dark bringing in all sorts of ridiculous measures to ensure daylight. Eventually the king is won round to allowing back the darkness by a show of fireworks which then becomes an annual event. This is a quick humorous story with a nice message of conquering your fears rather than avoiding what scares you and appreciating the daylight more because of the night, much the same ...more
Sue Read
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Goodness me, where to start? There are many layers to this book and many lessons. For young children it is about telling someone about your worries and asking for help, in order to find a solution. As children become older, this story is about listening to advice, appreciating the wisdom and experience of others and the need to think things through. As children become older still, it is about the consequences of our actions and the impact of our decisions. After much discussion, the story is ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Looking for Picture-Books Addressing Fear of the Dark
A little prince who is afraid of the dark vows that he will ban it when he becomes king in this original fairy-tale from British author/illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth. His ministers concoct a plan to convince the people that a world constantly lit is a good thing, and all goes well at first. But soon the king's subjects grow weary of never having the peace and comfort of the dark. They in turn concoct a plan, complete with fireworks display, to demonstrate to the king that the dark can be a ...more
One of the things that I think makes children's literature so appealing is the gaps that it leaves between the reader and the text. It is those moments, where meaning is made by what the reader brings to the text that can strengthen connections and enrich the reading experience. The greatest books then, invite multiple interpretations and revisitations as we grow up and it is exactly that that Haworth-Booth's debut achieves.

When the young prince grows up to be King, he swears that he will
Ellie Labbett
A thoughtful read with themes of rebellion, fear and overreaching. On the surface, this is a fun story about a King who fears the dark, and who makes every effort to never have to encounter it again. Putting a ban on the dark, the people live in never-ending light- but it cannot last forever! A closer look reveals darker undertones regarding the power of dangerous ideologies, and how easily thoughts can be manipulated through the spreading of fear by those of authority. This is told with humour ...more
Kayleigh Cyphus
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love beautiful picture books that use a limited colour palette, like The King Who Banned The Dark. Immediately, I was drawn to read it, and I'm very glad that I did because I've found a new favourite! The illustrations, whilst simplistic, are lovely and make for a very enjoyable read.

The King Who Banned The Dark is a story that can have different interpretations; on a simpler note it can be about how we need the dark as well as the light, making it a wonderful book about the fear of the dark
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that illustrates the rise of fascism to children without feeling scary.
Annabel Laver
Child friendly way of talking about populist politics and how lies are spread and how quickly peoples mind can change bc of it, and why popular ideas aren't always the best - just because someone told you too doesnt mean you should!
Naseeba Alozaibi
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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David  Ballard
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is rather a clever and unusual story which follows a King who was afraid of the dark as a child and decides to outlaw it.

It creates some ridiculously funny scenarios of what it would be like if the lights were kept on the whole time.

Children will be engaged by the light vs dark dilemma, however adults will be intrigued on another level by the political parodies, crowd manipulation, light inspectors and peoples rebellion elements that are cleverly woven through the story.

The illustrations
Jessica Adams
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This text describes a King who bans the dark, thinking it's a good idea, however, everyone then became so tired due to them having not slept for ages. The people tried to go against the Kings order but they always got caught by the the light inspectors, they then created a plan to help the King realise that banning the dark was a bad idea. He understands that the dark is needed when he can't see his firework display. This story shows that just because the King was scared of something, doesn't ...more
Sarah Mack
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sara Robertson
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story about how citizens can be mislead and manipulated by the media into wanting something that is intrinsically a bad idea. On the plus side, it's also how civil disobedience can bring about change when there is no access to democratic methods.
Mama Suzi Moses
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, but it was a little scary for my three-year-old who isn't afraid of the dark. And a bit too political for my seven-year-old who argued with the logic.
Ben Hagan
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that uses the idea of current affairs in a child-friendly way. This book about a king's order to make sure it is never dark but only because the king is in-fact scared of the dark.
Sally Anderson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated — you can really spend so much time pouring over the striking use of color and texture. The details are a treat to the eye. The story itself is weak in comparison.
Nouf Alfadl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-wont-grow-up
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Shelves: 2019
Cute little story with fun artwork!
This a beautifully hand-drawn illustrated picture book with a story all about overcoming your fears.
John-Mark Winstanley
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic text which raises big questions about the power of fake news. Brilliant to inspire discussions and develop skills in critical literacy.
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