The Dark is light

A review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I was nervous when I picked up this book. Sure, it's a picture book meant for a preschool audience, but it's also written by Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events, so all bets were off in my mind as to what I'd find inside. My four year old (who is no fan of the dark) sat impatiently beside me as we opened it up and started reading. Laszlo is no fan of the dark, either, but generally, he doesn't bother it, and it doesn't bother him. Until one day, when it coaxes him into coming downstairs... What will he find? Does Laszlo overcome his fear? Jon Klassen uses gouache and digitization to perfectly depict the dark and light (and everything in-between), from the beam of a flashlight, to the aura of a nightlight, to sunrise. And how does it end? I won't ruin that for you, but I will say that my son was sweating bullets for a while, but he breathed a huge sigh of relief, and maybe even slept a little easier that night.

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This was such a great review, it made me read the book. Wow, that was a great picture book! Thanks for reviewing it.

Thanks, Tina!

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