A Dark, Dark Cave

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A Dark, Dark Cave

by Eric Hoffman, illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Viking, 2016

Written in simple rhyme, we follow a brother and sister, and their pet dog, who imagine themselves in a dark, dark cave.  Their imaginations run wild and tensions build as they explore, “Bats in flight//disappear from sight” and “While beasts howl//as they stomp and prowl”, all “in a dark, dark cave.”  When they come face to face with another live being, they “Roooaaaar!” to frighten the creature away.  Illustrated in pencil, colored pencil and ink with colorful action splashes against a backdrop of dark blue, the siblings shiver and quiver at each encounter.  A fun, scary, yet reassuring, story of a brother and sister at play.

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