Lemony Snicket is an author best known for his Series of Unfortunate Events books, read by grade school aged kids and kids at heart. The first book was even made into a movie a few years ago starring Jim Carrey. Snicket’s writing style is a little dark, as the series title suggests. While the setting is not sunny and cheery, his characters are undaunted, and find a practical and fearless way out of their troubles. Lemony Snicket (whose real name is Daniel Handler) has now come out with a new book, called The Dark.
As a picture book illustrated by Jon Klassen, The Dark is not as thick as Mr. Snicket’s recent novels, but the story line is just as engrossing. The same feel of his other books is present, as you might have guessed from the title. Our main character is Laszlo, a young boy in footed pajamas, facing a real dilemma. He is afraid of the dark. The dark, however, is not afraid of Laszlo. Laszlo’s house is large and old, with many rooms, and the dark happens to live in the basement. Well, during the day the dark lives in the basement, and occasionally hides in other corners of the house. At night it presses up against the windows. However, it has never visited Laszlo’s room. The viewer can see in the illustrations this is because of a very prominent night light. The night Laszlo’s night light burns out, the dark visits his room and takes on a speaking voice, entreating Laszlo to follow it down to the basement. Laszlo, in a show of courage and with a flashlight, follows the dark to an old dresser in the basement where opening a bottom drawer reveals new light bulbs. In the morning Laszlo tries to visit the dark again, but with no answer. Even with silence from the dark, Laszlo and the dark remain friends. This is a good title for any young reader who has not made friends with the dark yet.
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The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
ISBN: 9780316187480, illustrated
Children's picture book fiction (red tape)