If you're afraid of the dark, remember the night rainbow ; If you're afraid of the dark, add one more star to the night

by Cooper Edens

Other authorsCooper Edens (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2007




San Francisco, Calif. : Enfield : Chronicle ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2007.


Presents advice for a variety of situations, including what to do if the sky falls, the bus doesn't come, the sun never shines again, and there is no happy ending.

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LibraryThing member eatcakes
A friend of mine gave this book to me. She calls it her "smile" book and I know exactly what she means. You can't read this book without breaking out into a real grin. It just makes you happy. And what could be better than that? The illustrations are fabulous and the accompanying, poetic writing is perfection itself. I'm surprised I've never heard people shout from the rooftops about this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member baachan
I asked friends for recommendations for books that they thought of as "comfort-food," and this was recommended by several people. Originally published in 1979, Cooper Edens words and illustrations tell the reader what to do in case of certain emergencies, for example: "if the clock stops, use your own hands to tell time. If the light goes out, wear it around your neck and go dancing." Edens' advice doesn't always make much sense, but its reads as a kick in the pants, a reminder that it's not the end of the world if something goes wrong or is scary. The illustrations looks like they use a combination of oil pastel crayons and colored pencil, and they are fanciful and light-hearted. After reading so much angsty teen fiction, it was nice to read something unabashedly hopeful. Recommended for all public and high school collections; younger readers may not get as much out of it as someone older and with various anxieties.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Huh? Rene Magritte did not do platitudes. For good reason. I'm not sure what Cooper was on when he created this, but I know I *don't* want any.

If the stars burn out... button up the night against the cold." What in tarnation does that mean? The only metaphor I liked is "If you must cry... plant your tears as seeds." And most of the pictures were worth looking at. I'll have to get more opinions from friends & family, especially since I did buy the darn thing."… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Huh? I like poetry, metaphor, modern art, creativity... but this just doesn't work for me at all. The concept is great, but the execution is lame. Imo.




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