Paul Hoppe, Chronicle Books, 2011, 44 pages, Children's Book.
Source: Won from Raincoast Books - thank you so much!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Being afraid of the dark doesn't mean being afraid alone. When a boy can't find his favorite stuffed bunny, he bravely heads into the woods to look for it. Instead, he finds a big, scary brown bear! But the bear is just lonely, so the boy shares his night light and forges ahead with his new companion, until...they run into two frightening giants! As the boy continues on, he comes across other seemingly menacing creatures, but finds that like him they're just looking for some comfort and security before bedtime. Simple text and classic European style meet a fresh, modern twist in this delightful picture book.
This is such a cute book! My daughter loves when I read it to her. The illustrations are bright and simple, and the text is suspenseful and engaging. This is a great book for kids who are afraid of the dark, as well as providing some great lessons on empathy and sharing.
The story has a young boy in bed at night, but he can't find his stuffed bunny, so he goes looking for it in the woods. He is not afraid, until... The boy deals with his fear, then moves onto the next adventure. Kids will love the suspense of every "He's not afraid, until.." and they have to turn the page to see what the boy comes across next. The boy then comes up with a creative solution and moves on to the next adventure.
I highly recommend this charming book for kids. It has everything kids love: suspense, good, inviting illustrations and a character they can identify with, one who takes control and works out his problems. My kids love it and have me read it over and over.