Author(s): Lemony Snicket
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does. With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.
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Snicket and Klassen are an inspired pairing in this suspenseful take on childhood fear... a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates. Ages 3-6. -- Publishers Weekly 20130121 The originality of The Dark is breathtaking, as are the pictures and prose. Klassen and Snicket play to their combined strengths. This elegant, vividly written tale should win some shuteye for all - and prizes for its creators. -- The Times 20130316 Highly original and visually stunning. * * * * * -- Bookbag 20130401 A powerhouse. -- School Library Journal 20130311 Lemony Snicket plays masterfully with the picture book genre in The Dark. Jon Klassen's Seventies-style illustrations are a perfect match for Snicket's wit and virtuosity. -- The Daily Telegraph 20130331 A familiar fear is given a new lease of life... serious, clever and intensely illustrated. -- The Guardian 20130330 He eloquently reminds us what it is to be afraid of the dark and also, with Jon Klassen's simple, illuminating drawings, guarantees that readers see the light. -- The Observer 20130331 A picturebook not to miss. (Children's Book of the Week) -- Sunday Times 20130414 Simply told and evocatively drawn, this is an ideal book to read with young children. -- The Scotsman 20130323 A reassuring story for any children who may be afraid of the dark. -- Sunday Express 20130331 If ever there was a perfect creative pairing of words and pictures, surely this is it. -- Daily Mail 20130412 Thoughtful, perceptive and very reassuring. -- Parents In Touch 20130401 Captivating picture book for younger children that is sure to become a library essential in no time. A powerful narrative... evocatively illustrated. There's really no good reason not to have this on your shelves. -- Teach Nursery 20130401 Brilliant. -- Little Fiction Fascination 20130509 A powerful and moving tale which will entertain and encourage others to fight their fear of the dark. -- Bury Free Press 20130426 Any child afraid of the dark will find solace in this elegant fable about everyday bravery. Beautiful images... charming text... a story as simple as it is timeless. -- Financial Times 20130427
Lemony Snicket is the award-winning, bestselling author of many alarming books including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. Visit www.LemonySnicket.com; Jon Klassen is the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator of several picture books, including I Want My Hat Back. Visit www.beastofburden.com