Sir Fred is ordinarily dauntless--he's done more than his share of monster-vanquishing and maiden-rescuing--which is all the more reason to hide his shameful weakness, his ""knee-bumping, heart-thumping"" fear of the dark. Privately, he arms himself at night with candles, jars of fireflies, and a pet electric eel. But when his ladylove demands a midnight tryst at the dark of the moon, each discovers the other's secret panic (she's afraid of things that crawl, like his electric eel), opening the way to more honest regard on both sides, plus the discovery that the dark is not quite so scary anymore. Ross's lively, zany illustrations are just fight for this hilarious spoof, matching and substantially extending its wit. A treat for the sophisticated, and for anyone tickled by such inspired fun as naming the resident bully ""Melvin the Miffed.