I am excited to give you a peek inside a great book we’ve recently discovered. It’s called The Dark and it’s written by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Jon Klassen. I hadn’t heard of Jon Klassen until fairly recently and he has quickly become one of our favorites, both as an author and illustrator. I am not as familiar with Lemony Snicket. Of course, I’ve heard of A Series of Unfortunate Events but I haven’t read them.
When we checked this book out of the library I was excited to see what he was all about.
The Dark by Lemony Snicket
As the book’s title suggests, it is about a boy who is afraid of the dark. It lives in the corners, behind the shower curtain, and down in the basement, until one night when the bulb in his nightlight burns out. In his room, he can hear the dark whisper to him to come closer. So he does.
With his flashlight, he follows the dark through his house. They visit all of the dark corners of the house together and finally, Laszlo goes down to the basement . . . where the dark lives. While in the basement, he is told not to be afraid and is given a gift: a new bulb for his nightlight.
We checked this book out of the library and loved it, so we eventually added it to our collection. I thought this would be a great book to hopefully help Dub deal with his fear of the darkness. In the process, we have discovered a fantastic story that we both love. Sometimes he even pretends to go visit the dark in our house but only during the day, of course.
I definitely encourage you to pick up a copy of this fabulous book or check it out of the library. I think you and your children will be glad you did!