In The Dark: The Science of What Happens at Night by Lisa Deresti Betik ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Nonfiction, Science
Published: 1 Sept 2020 by Kids Can Press
Page count: 48 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Cute
Pacing: N/A
Ending: N/A  
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy In The Dark

My rating: ★★★★★

Ever wonder what happens when you go to sleep at night? Discover all that’s still going on in the world after dark, in this intriguing, fact-packed introduction to the science of night. Children will be delighted to find the answers to questions such as: Why do we dream? How do bats use echolocation? What blooms in the moonlight? Why do stars twinkle? Thoroughly researched and vetted by several experts, this book covers multiple STEM topics, leading to tons of direct curriculum links in earth science, life science and physical science. The comprehensive, wide-ranging approach allows for loads of fun facts that will appeal to children.

My Thoughts
Here are my pros and cons for In The Dark: The Science of What Happens at Night:


  1. I loved this book! It is chock full of facts about all kinds of things that happen after the sun goes down!
  2. There is nothing scary it in this book. It is all about nocturnal animals, dreaming, stars, moons, light pollution, the importance of sleep, and other nighttime phenomena.
  3. The information is presented in an interesting and relatable way that will definitely appeal to the targeted age group.
  4. The illustrations by Josh Holinaty were creative and beautiful. You will experience darkness via the imagery.
  5. The book has a glossary, and index, and some suggested reading for further study.



If you have a child who is afraid of the dark, this book may help them understand that nighttime doesn’t have to be scary. Understanding what goes on in the dark is a first step in eliminating the fear.

The book is informative, fun, and enlightening (no pun intended!). I think it would appeal to kids interested in animals, outer space, dreams, or just the nighttime in general.

This book is 48 pages long and is written for reading ages 8 to 12.

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy In The Dark. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

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