Kindermusik Reviews: Cutie Sue and the Darkness

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“She feared almost nothing except for one thing:
She hated the nights and the darkness they’d bring.”

You know you have a winning combination in a bedtime story that’s as adorable as it is relatable.  Kids and parents alike understand what it’s like to be afraid of the dark.  And this book gives parents a wonderful tool in helping kids face that fear and deal with it, just like Cutie Sue, the heroine of the story.

We have to give this book two thumbs up because it checks off so many things on our “great read for kids” list.  From the cover to the first opening pages, two things immediately capture your attention – the gorgeous, vivid colors in the illustrations and the delightful introduction to the main character, Cutie Sue.

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Author Kate Melton has created a short, yet well-developed story line that rhymes in such a way to be fun, but not so predictable in the way it rhymes to enjoy reading aloud. And since we’re pretty sure this book will become a fan favorite in your home, readability and repeatability were two of our most important criteria for giving this sweet children’s story one of our highest recommendations.

But why would you want to read a book to kids about being afraid of the dark? Couldn’t that actually plant the fear in their minds or make them more afraid? Quite the contrary! Kids deal with all kinds of fears throughout childhood, but especially when they are younger, they don’t always know how to express or deal with those fears. So a book like Cutie Sue and the Darkness not only gives children a kid-friendly tool for dealing with their fear, but it also inspires them with a context for facing that one universal childhood fear – being afraid of the dark.

What’s really appealing to adults about Cutie Sue and the Darkness is how Cutie Sue’s parents help her deal with her fears. There are some very helpful ideas for parents in the story!

We especially love the great ending. Not only does Cutie Sue bravely conquer her fear of the dark, but she then teaches her little brother, Charlie, about how to be brave.

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If you become a fan of Cutie Sue like we have, you’ll be delighted to know that the book is part of a series the author is writing.  Looks like we will have many more Cutie Sue books to look forward to in the future!

Cutie Sue and the Darkness by Kate Melton and illustrated by Ira Baykovska is a great read for kids ages three to six and can be purchased in paperback and e-book formats.


Review shared by Theresa Case, who loves a good children’s book find any day, especially one she can share with the families in her award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina

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