The Berenstain Bears In the Dark
Berenstain Bears
The Berenstain Bears In the Dark book cover
Author/s Stan and Jan Berenstain
Publisher Random House
Publication date 1982
Media type Paperback
The Berenstain Bears In the Dark book was written by Stan & Jan Berenstain. It was first published in 1982. It is also available by Living Books.


Brother and Sister are at the library. Sister prefers books about ecology while Brother likes mysteries. Sister cannot find any nonfiction books she has not already read so she checks out a children's book while Brother checks out The Mystery of the Creepy Cave. That evening, the Bear family is reading in the living room. Sister felt her book, about three kittens arguing who is the prettiest, was silly and too easy for her reading ability. Brother invites her to listen to his story, so she feels confident she can read along. The Mystery of the Creepy Cave is about three Bear Scouts who are hiking and come upon a cave that looks like a human face. Suddenly the cave makes a ghostly sound, which scares the hikers away! Just then Mama makes the cubs go to bed. The subsequent darkness casts a pallor over the cubs' bedroom, so Brother decides to have some fun at Sister's expense, as she is still spooked by the story. Brother makes ghost noises, which scares Sister! Soon it escalates into a vicious circle; Sister shouts for her parents, then Mama or Papa would come into the room, assure her everything was fine, and leave the light on. However, Brother protests he cannot sleep with a light on and shuts it off, causing Sister to cry for help again. The next morning, the entire Bear family is weary from lack of sleep.