Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

1. Orion and the Dark cover

Scared of the dark? Well don’t be. The latest book from Emma Yarlett can unravel all of those things that go bump in the night, those mysterious shadows and scary sounds. It really doesn’t have to be a scary place.

Angry at Dark Orion

Meet bobble-hat wearing Orion. He’s scared of lots of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. His Mum says he has a big imagination, but what does she know?

One night Orion receives a visitor which will change his view of the dark forever. The Dark pops in for a special visit and he shows Orion how magical the night time can be.

Dark72sTake an adventure with your own tour guide, the Dark. He even reaches out a helping hand to reassure you (I kid you not) and shows you all of the interesting and wonderful things that the dark can offer. It really isn’t such a scary place after all.

We adore this story and the beautiful illustrations that accompany it. There’s so much to see and little snippets of bite-sized text. I’ve been told to tell you to watch out for the moustached talking star! He is one of our favourites.

6. Orion front cover doodle

I must also give a special mention to Emma’s gorgeous hand-created typography which is an utter delight. Under the cover you are treated a spread of beautifully stylised lettering. The cover alone is a work of art.


Orion and the Dark will be on many wish lists of the young (and a those a little less young) and we couldn’t recommend it more highly.

Watch out for our interview with Emma coming shortly. She lets us know about where her obsession with the dark comes from and how she creates her stories.


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