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The Dark by Lemony Snicket

15790852The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
2013 Little, Brown and Company
ISBN – 9780316187480
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4 Stars


Laszlo is afraid of the dark. It lives in his house with him. At nighttime the dark takes over many different spaces and corners of the house, but each morning the dark goes back to the basement where it belongs. Each morning Laszlo opens the basement door and says hello to the dark. If he goes to visit the dark he thinks that the dark won’t visit him. One night the dark comes to visit him, but all he wants to do is help Laszlo. Is this the help that Laszlo needs to conquer his fear of the dark?

I think this is such a great bedtime story. Many kids (and me) are afraid of the dark. This story is a cute way to teach kids at an early age that the dark is nothing to be frightened of. I love Jon Klassen’s illustrations as well. The drawings of Laszlo are simple and expressive. The colors are not bright for the most part, but then again neither is the nighttime. I especially like that the flashlight casts such stark shadows on each page. This really makes the darkness seem like an actual character in the book.


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