Oscar the Otter is Afraid of the Light
By Jerry Harwood
Jimmy, a seven year old child comes into the aquarium, he sees the fish and butterflies. He points and loves the otters. However, it is dark in the room where the otters are.
“Dad, why don’t they turn the light on so we can see the otters better?”
“Otters sleep all day and come out to play at night,” his dad says.
Child buys a stuffed otter at the gift shop
Jimmy goes to bed. Holding Oscar.
“Goodnight, Jimmy” his dad says.
“Dad, say good night to Oscar too.”
“Goodnight Oscar,” his dad says before turning on the light.
The room is dark. Jimmy says, “Dad, I’m scared!”
Dad reenters the room and turns on the night light. “There you go, a little light makes the whole room safe.”
Page Seven -Nine
Jimmy sleeps, but Oscar comes alive.
“Oscar loves the night. He plays with Jimmy’s toys, explores under the bed, and even checks the closet for fun things to do! Oscar loves the dark.”
Jimmy wakes up and Oscar is a stuffed animal again.
“After a long night, Oscar is all wore out.”
Daylight. Sun is shining through the window casting a shadow on the floor. We can see outside the window a boy playing in the yard. Oscar is under the sheet on the bed poking his eyes out.
“During the day, Jimmy plays outside. But Oscar hides in the room”
Page Twelve – Fourteen:
A page of the mom cleaning the bed and Oscar being uncovered, one of a TV turned on while Jimmy watches it, and then one of a shadow moving on the wall looking scary“
“Daytime is scary for Oscar.Moms uncover beds, Loud noises come from boxes, and shadows move all about.”
“Oscar the Otter is scared of the Daytime.”
Picture of Oscar frightened in room – two page spread?
“What’s wrong, Oscar?” Jimmy asks hugging his stuffed animal.
“Are you scared?”
“I’m afraid of the dark, but you like the dark. You are afraid of the day.”
“My dad says, ‘A little light makes the whole room safe.’ I wonder if a little dark, also makes the whole room safe for Oscars?”
Page Nineteen: Oscar and Jimmy build a fort out of cardboard and blankets – These items in earlier drawings?
Page twenty: Picture of Oscar during the day, happy in his dark fort.