It's Too Dark, Puffling
Erika McGann and Gerry Daly bring us back to Skellig Michael with this addition to the adventures of Puffling, as she comes across a smaller puffling, all by himself and afraid of the dark. Of course Puffling wants to help, and together they go on an adventure across the island, meeting many of the inhabitants. On each occasion they share the reasons they aren’t scared of the dark, but none of this convinces the little puffling, who repeats his fear that ‘it’s too dark in the dark’.
Starting out in bright daylight, the illustrations gradually get darker and darker as night-time approaches, but they never lose their beauty. Each of the animals depicted by Daly has a personality and vividness to them, and the light from the moon and stars seems to shine from the page. This is a gorgeous book that you’ll want to linger over, with little details on almost every page, and text that is clear and easy to read. As well as the illustrations throughout the book there are some beautiful endpapers, and the book opens with some scientific facts about the animals of Skellig Michael that older children and adults might appreciate learning.
The story itself is all about kindness and trying to help, but it also shows that sometimes you can’t ease someone else’s fears for them. However, from Puffling we learn that being there and supporting your friend, can be enough to help them through their worries.