Jacob Starke Loves The Dark Paperback – 30 Sep 2018
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'I’m really impressed by Peta Rainford’s children’s books', Linda's Book Bag
About the Author
Peta is an author/illustrator of (often rhyming) picture books, who grew up on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, so long ago she can remember dancing to the Bay City Rollers, Saturday mornings watching Multi-coloured Swap Shop and buying crisps from the school tuck shop for 2½p. As a child she loved words and was always reading. She loved painting and drawing too, but she had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She studied English at York University and then worked in London as a business journalist and editor for 14 years. In her spare time she went to art classes and even studied fine art at St Martins, but she still had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She had a go at running a small hotel with her husband in wild and windy (but beautiful) Exmoor and it went quite well, but after a few years they needed a sit down. So they sold up and moved back to the Isle of Wight. It was here that Peta, now balancing the roles of freelance writer and mum, decided to write and illustrate her first book for children. It was a revelation to her: a way of combining picture making (colouring in) with her love of words (silly stories) - not to mention an outlet for her awful jokes. It may have taken more than four decades, but finally, Peta knows what she wants to do when she grows up. Since her epiphany, Peta has published six picture books: Hairy Fairy; Isabella, Rotten Speller; Isabella's Adventures in Numberland; Jamie and the Joke Factory; The Niggle; and Jacob Starke Loves The Dark.
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Lovely rhyming book with great illustrations.
I don’t know about Jacob learning to love the dark, but I absolutely adored Jacob Starke Loves the Dark. This is the third Peta Rainford children’s book I’ve read and whilst they are all wonderful, this it is her best yet. It’s absolutely brilliant and a must read with any child who is afraid of the dark.
The quality of illustration in Jacob Starke Loves the Dark is outstanding. Even though many of the images need to be dark to support the text, they are still vibrant, beautiful and stunning. I loved the way so many animals feature, from domestic cats to turtles, especially as there fantastic messages about caring for the environment and the need to allow nature to experience darkness to thrive. Indeed, I think adults should read this book, never mind children, so that they can appreciate the environment more too.
Obviously, alongside the environmental messages, the main concept of the book is to help children who are afraid of the dark and it is conveyed perfectly. Jacob goes on wonderful adventures with the dark and learns to dispel his fears completely. The way the illustrations personify the dark works flawlessly.
The language in Jacob Starke Loves the Dark is fabulous. Not only does Peta Rainford maintain the rhyme scheme impeccably without straining the language to fit, she balances familiar and challenging language so well, meaning that the book is accessible for independent readers as well as improving their own vocabulary. I’d love to see a copy of this book in every primary school in the UK. I can so so many educational and emotional benefits from reading it with and to children.
It’s difficult to convey what a triumph I think Jacob Starke Loves the Dark is. It’s a wonderful book and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Just buy it!
The book is just beautiful, both the rhyming words and the illustrations. It is exceptionally engaging and I’m sure that children will not only enjoy a fab story they will also learn a lot too about what the dark does and why nature needs it.
For any child that is afraid of the dark, this book is a must. It will reassure them in a relaxing manner and make them understand that there is nothing to fear.
Coming back to the illustrations, these have been drawn with so much love and care. I especially love the night scenes with their black backgrounds and colours that really stand out.
This book is truly wonderful. It has short sentences and as it rhymes, young children who are just learning to read will find this easy to follow. It would work perfectly as a bedtime read to ease those woes about the dark.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
He read this himself and enjoyed it, and we discussed it. Jacob, the protagonist, is terrified of what might be in the dark. He is made to see the use of darkness, what needs it to survive, what would happen if we didn't have dark. It reminded me of Jill Tomlinson's 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark', but for a younger audience.
I appreciated the approach, the examples used, and really enjoyed the rhythm and natural-feeling rhymes. The examples are relevant and interesting to the target market (planets, animals), and I really liked the full-illustrated look of the book, with the text integrated inside the scenes.
Could be very useful for parents/teachers/educators needing to address this topic with children. Suitable for toddlers and older and gives opportunities to discuss natural history and nocturnal sleep patterns, astronomy, plants and seasons.
For ages 3 and above, would continue to have a place in KS1 classes.
With thanks to the author for providing a sample reading copy.