Ella Says: I'm Not Afraid of the Dark! (Childrens book, kids book, illustrated picture book, kids gift, self published book, fear of dark)

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Ella Says: I'm Not Afraid of the Dark! (Childrens book, kids book, illustrated picture book, kids gift, self published book, fear of dark)



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Welcome to Little Bird and Hippo Books, a shop focused on whimsical illustrated adventures and artware. This listing is for an illustrated adventure by author and illustrator Anu D. Misa.

This Royal Dragonfly Award Winner is the first book in the Ella Says adventure series and tells the delightful tale of a brave girl named Ella, who puts aside her fear of the dark to help her best friend, Ollie. When the day abruptly turns dark and stormy, a little courage, a sprinkle of magic, and some furry friends help Ella overcome her fear of the dark! Check out the whole series! Books are signed by the author.


The weather suddenly changes, and a bright sunny day turns DARK, windy, and rainy! Ella and her little dog Ollie, who were playing, become disoriented and LOST in the woods. Ella could no longer tell which direction was North, South, East, or West—none of the compass points. Ella and Ollie also become separated. Ella is AFRAID of the dark and wants to go home to their little blue house, but, first, she must find her best friend, Ollie! She BRAVELY makes her way through the dark woods and finds him! Once they are reunited, together with many woodland friends, they hatch their plan to find their way home. Their ADVENTURE teaches Ella and Ollie that they can smile and not be afraid of the dark!

Book: Paperback measuring 8” wide x 10” high and 39 pages long.
Age: Interest level 4 to 9 years. Great for independent young readers and as a read-aloud story for younger children.
Extras: Freebie surprises at the end of the book and the author’s website!

In addition to delivering an entertaining tale with stunning illustrations on every page, this adventure touches on several underlying concepts. Of course, it deals with Ella's fear of the dark. Through the story, children can see that the dark is not really that scary after all. This story also serves as a good reminder to children that sometimes things can change suddenly--the weather can go from bright and sunny to dark and stormy. Children can also understand that change is okay and that we can manage change successfully through careful thought and planning. Finally, this adventure also brings to light the importance of teamwork. It shows that as a group, we can achieve far more than we can individually as we all have different strengths.


The Ella Says series follows the day-to-day adventures of an 8-year-old girl named Ella, who lives with her family in a little blue house by the woods. Ella is a loveable, one-of-a-kind child who sees the world with a genuine sense of wonder. She is courageous, inquisitive and kind. Ella has an adorable shadow who follows her everywhere she goes—her little dog Ollie, the Westie. The Ella Says stories are filled with adventure and fun.


I am a Canadian author and illustrator who has self-published three books in the Ella Says children's picture story book series. I personally create my books from concept inception, to written storyline, to illustrated pages, and finally to formatted children’s paperback. I rely on print-on-demand services to publish my books.

I love creating stories that inspire young children to read and develop a lifelong passion for literature. I believe young readers deserve stories made interesting through vibrant characters, the tension created by an incident that escalates to a climax, and delivery of a beautiful resolution. I incorporate these elements into my stories, along with a touch of whimsy to spark young imaginations! I also weave underlying messages into my stories—they are intentionally subtle, only meant to foster a child's understanding and facilitate important conversations with the adults in their lives. I also believe that children deserve stunning artwork that not only helps tell the story they are reading, but that also challenges the way they see the world and helps them view things in a different light. My hope is that my books engage children's minds long after they put them down.

Please visit my website for more information about my books, the inspirations behind them and about me too! https://www.booksbymisa.com.

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