Dingo is afraid to sleep when the sun has gone down so he chases the sun hoping to catch it and keep it with him. Other animals reassure him that the moon will watch over him in the night, just as the sun does during the day. The story is gentle and non-judgmental about Dingo’s fear of the dark, a fear shared by many children. The concept of the moon appearing as a constant, watchful, supportive presence will no doubt also provide comfort to children who will also understand Dingo’s need to play with his friends and will empathise with him being too tired to do so.
The illustrations effectively work with the written text to convey Dingo’s increasing unhappiness and then his exuberance when he’s had sufficient sleep. The book is one of several collaborations between Sally Morgan and Tania Erzinger. Sally Morgan belongs to the Palku and Nyamal peoples of the Pilbara region.