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The Dark

Written by Lemony Snicket

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Dark Synopsis

A universal and empowering story about conquering your fears, from Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen. 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 . . . Join Lazlo on his journey to meet the dark, and find out why it will never bother him again. With emotional insight and poetic economy, two world-renowned talents of children's literature bring to light a powerful story about overcoming fears. The originality of The Dark is breathtaking - The Times A reassuring story for any children who may be afraid of the dark - Sunday Express If ever there was a perfect creative pairing of words and pictures, surely this is it - Daily Mail Thoughtful, perceptive and very reassuring - Parents In Touch

The Dark Press Reviews

A charming tale by the inimitable Lemony Snicket, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen. * zaparents * Original, delightful and empowering. Jon Klassen's illustrations are a perfect match for this outstanding picture book. * Julia Eccleshare - Lovereading * The beauty and the power of this book is in the design, the precision of the drawing, the angles created in the turn of the staircase, the unrelenting fathomless dark, and the fearful symmetry of the shapes. * Books for Keeps * A charming and thoughtful book which, along with its endearing illustrations, will ensure a fast friendship between children and the dark everywhere. * Mail on Sunday * A powerful fable about a child's fear and mastery of the dark. * Books for Keeps * Sleek, stylish. * Financial Times * With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. * Green Parent * The Dark has leapt straight into my list of favourite books. A beautiful book that every home should own. 10/10 * Books with Bunny * Jon Klassen's artwork, a sequence of variations on themes of darkness and light, captures precisely the spareness of the prose as we watch young Laszlo, the central character, emerge from one to the other. * Irish Times * Lovely retro-styled illustrations... beguiling. * Financial Times * A sweet and emotional picture book. A great book for all children who are afraid of the dark. * Baby & Me * Funny, poignant and beautifully drawn, it is sure to be a classic. * Ham & High * 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 * A powerful and moving tale which will entertain and encourage others to fight their fear of the dark. * Bury Free Press * Brilliant. * Little Fiction Fascination * 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 * Thoughtful, perceptive and very reassuring. * Parents In Touch * If ever there was a perfect creative pairing of words and pictures, surely this is it. * Daily Mail * A reassuring story for any children who may be afraid of the dark. * Sunday Express * Simply told and evocatively drawn, this is an ideal book to read with young children. * The Scotsman * A picturebook not to miss. (Children's Book of the Week) * Sunday Times * 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 * A familiar fear is given a new lease of life... serious, clever and intensely illustrated. * The Guardian * 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 * A powerhouse. * School Library Journal * Highly original and visually stunning. * * * * * * Bookbag * 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 * 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 * The book takes a unique and engaging angle on a common theme, giving it a dark new twist that ultimately will leave children empowered and enthralled . * The Courier Mail, Brisbane * Definitely keep this one handy for little ones - and grown-ups, for that matter- who are still scared of the dark . * The Saturday Age, Melbourne * Irresistible. * Bookseller * Setting the picture book world alight with quirky and evocative style. * tBk Mag *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408330036
Publication date: 3rd April 2014
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 40 pages

About Lemony Snicket

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; Jon Klassen is the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator of several picture books, including I Want My Hat Back. Visit

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