Who is down there in the dark, dark cave?
Two white siblings use their imaginations to fearlessly investigate a mysterious cave in this gently suspenseful and lyrical tale. “The pale moon glows // as a cold wind blows / through a dark, dark cave.” Digitally assembled watercolors show the two intrepid explorers bathed in the light of their flashlights as they journey through the cavern and provide plenty of details to get lost in. The poetic text has just the right amount of repetition and adds an atmosphere of mystery and fun. But wait! What’s that approaching light? “That’s too loud, kids. Find a quiet game. The baby’s sleeping,” says Dad prosaically, abruptly ending the spell. From under their homemade cave (complete with chairs and blanket), the siblings try to find another game to play. Can they do it? Of course they can! The surprise twist is a nice touch, and the gentle suspense and willing belief of the characters are charming and realistic. This joyful, timeless exploration of play is sure to be an inspirational spark to young readers, who will then embark on their own imaginary games.
Readers young and old will find much to appreciate in this celebration of the imagination. (Picture book. 3-6)