Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night – review and giveaway

Did you have a vivid imagination as a child, and see all sorts of things in the dark?  I certainly did, I was convinced something lurked under the bed at one time and that wolves were waiting to eat me once they’d jumped over our neighbours fence.  I can see Monkey’s imagination running wild too, and I’ve found a lovely book which hopefully will help calm his fears.  Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night is written and illustrated by Jon Davis and published through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

Jon Davis has illustrated over 40 books covering various genre and Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night is the first book he has also written.  We meet Small Blue who has a very vivid imagination and is rather scared of the dark.  She imagines all kind of nasty creatures are waiting for her when she wakes up in the night.

Her friend Big Brown is there to comfort her, and he has a lovely way of challenging Small Blue’s ideas.  Every time Small Blue imagines something scary, Big Brown suggests that perhaps what she thinks she’s seeing might actually be something nice and friendly instead.

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

Then of course, when Big Brown turns on the lights, there’s nothing there to be worried about at all.

I don’t want to spoil the end of the story, but it’s absolutely charming and had my nearly 6-year-old Monkey mesmerised.  All I will say is that it involves the moon and the stars.

Monkey loved the story, and I loved the message behind Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night.  It’s a really nice read and we can thoroughly recommend it.  I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link for the hardback book for you below.

disclaimer:  we were sent this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Jon Davis has kindly offered me the chance to give my readers the opportunity to win a copy of Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night for themselves.  Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win – good luck!

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The giveaway will close on 14th October 2015 at midnight.

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

131 thoughts on “Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night – review and giveaway

  1. I had night mares about the bogey man – I imagined him to be a green blob an I used to check under my bed every night before I went to bed!

  2. I remember one really bad time when my cousins told me there was a monster outside the window – i freaked out when they made me look and I saw it……it was a tree!

  3. Yes, the doors were really creaky where we lived and I always used to be petrified to go to bed fearing there was a big green monster coming to get me!

  4. I was scared that there were Raptors under my bed (from Jurassic Park). My dad would tell me that I didn’t need to worry as they were too big, but it didn’t work… They could be baby raptors!!

  5. I was more afraid of ghosts… and i always thought there was a monster in my grandmas bed when i stayed over there… it had them drawers underneath.

  6. It wasn’t monsters as such but I was convinced that something lived under my bed & would never have my feet sticking out

  7. I always thought there was a woman coming into my bedroom at night. Not my Mum or sister but someone I had never seen before. Now KNOW our house is haunted (one night “whatever it is” got into bed with me and my door was closed and it definitely wasn’t the dog and I hadn’t been asleep as my programme I had been watching had only finished 5 minutes ago – wasn’t scary – unless you call Match Of The Day scary). Also my niece (who we have never spoken to about ghosts in our house) has claimed that she’s seen a woman stood by our room window (before we said anything to her).

  8. We had a walk in cupboard at the end of our bedroom and I was always scared that there was monsters in there :\

  9. I truly don’t remember having monster issues, but I think my sister definitely used to see things because she would run into my room and be still asleep but with her eyes open and terrified!!

  10. I didn’t have the best childhood. My dad made me watch things I shouldn’t to ‘toughen me up’ but I think it was because he wanted to watch whatever , regardless of wether my brother or me were there. I remember being scared stiff after watching puppet master. i thought the one with the drill head would drill from under my bed right through me. That was recurring for quite some time

  11. Mine was more of a giant. I thought he was going to reach in my bedroom window, pick me up and put me in his sack! 🙁

  12. I was convinced there was something under my bed and something would get me if i left the cupboard door open

  13. I cant remember about monsters but I can remember about leaving a leg or arm out the blanket and thinking something might grab me lol. I still think that today as an adult! haha 🙂

  14. Sometimes I used to think monsters were in my room but it was usually just the sillouettes of my teddy bears and dolls…which I had far too many of 😉

  15. nope to monsters but i used to thin there was a bad man under my bed and he had a knife took me years to get over it

  16. I used to dream about men dressed in black, along with snakes, flying through my bedroom. It was terryfying but I told no-one.

  17. i always thought there was something under my bed that would grab me if i got up in the night, i would always sit and shout my mum if i needed the toilet in the night

  18. I had a large closet that I sometimes imagined was opening as a child. I remember reading Cujo in bed when I was in my early 20’s and my bed faced the closet. I kept looking up because I was convinced I was hearing something behind the door. I guess some things never change!

  19. I imagined monsters and ghosts in my room and we had an airing cupboard with the great big water tank in my bedroom and everytime someone used water it would make tremendous rumbling noises which I imagined were the monsters coming out to get me!

  20. I’ve always been scared of spiders and I remember imagining a giant spider-like monster in the dark corner of my bedroom!

  21. Yes I did, but never anything specific – it was more a fear of “things” that might be lurking, I have no idea what!

  22. As a child no,but,as an adult,yes.Due to some medication that I take for nerve damage has ,as one on the side effects,bad dreams. I usually wake up screaming a couple of times a week.My husband,bless him,has endless patience and reassures me and cuddles me,quite difficult when I’ve jumped out of bed and I’m screaming in a corner.One night however,he must have been in a really deep sleep because,as I let out my usual blood curdling screams,he screamed too,which as a result made me scream even more,which then wakened my daughter who screamed too although she no idea why.We still laugh about it now but at the time it was terrifying !

  23. I had witches under my bed as my big sister had given me a ‘Toby Twirl’ book which had witches through almost every story. I remember being told off for scribbling with crayon over a particularly nasty looking one .

  24. I didn’t but my sister used to have nightmares about a black bin liner monster called “Dickie Darkie” that used to hide in the wardrobe!! 🙂

  25. I don’t know what it was but I had one of those tall cabin beds that had a desk and a big space under it and I swore there was something there that took swipes at me as I went up the ladder and u could see one glowing eye x

  26. I did used to think there was something under my bed but I didn’t know what I just imagined hands grabbing my legs!

  27. I don’t remember mine but my daughter keeps saying she can see ‘creatures’ in her room. When told to close her eyes she responds by saying they appear behind her eyes so it makes no difference!

  28. I lived in Equatorial Africa as a child. What we feared at night were the leopard men who would steal children to use in magic rituals.

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