I like a picture book that is slightly outside the box, one that has a lot of character and one that has a feeling of folktale to it. The Elephant that ate the night ticks those boxes for me. The illustrations are simple, effective and charming and the story has the feel of an old folk tale that has been passed down generation to generation.
Taotao is afraid of the dark night and so are his friends Zhazha and Duoduo. They meet Elephant who likes to eat the night and so it seems perfect but there are problems when you have only light and finding the balance is important. The night doesn’t need to be scary. This charming book is lovely to read to younger children to help them overcome a fear of darkness. It would also be a great read aloud to older children as part of learning to write folktales.