With a SQUISH-SQUASH-A-SQUISH
And a TROMP-TRIP-A-TROMP,
Mouse and Mole trudged
Through the mush-mucky swamp . . .
One Dark Night is one of those great books about which not much need be said, because its charms are so obvious. This is a wonderful “scary story” that is not really frightening at all. Lisa Wheeler has a great feel for the preschool sense of humour, and the surprise ending will both reassure children and tickle their funnybones.
The story is also a wonderful read-aloud, with evocative language and great sound effects, and a great rhyme scheme that keeps the story flowing nicely, though with occasional well-placed moments of suspense. One Dark Night is sure to be a repeated request in any preschooler’s library.