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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

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14th August '18
I read it to decemberbaby aged 1 aged 1
The Dark 9781408330036
5 stars
I bought this book because I am a massive fan of Jon Klassen's illustrations and because I grew up reading Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. I found their collaboration on this picture book to be absolutely lovely. 

The book is written eloquently and is a joy to move around. The illustrations, especially the ones of Laszlo's house lit only by the light from his torch, are beautiful to look at. I also found the book to be a beautifully original approach to the common childhood fear of the dark. My daughter enjoys listening to this book, but isn't really old enough for us to have to discuss things like this, but I think that it would be a useful tool for a child who did have this fear. The story makes the dark into a living entity, which eventually comforts Laszlo and shows him the way to the lightbulb he needs to replace in his room. 
16th January '17
I read it to LucasChops aged 5 aged 5
The Dark 9781408330036
5 stars
We adore this book.  The illustrations by Jon Klassen give it a really stark feel and you can understand why Lazlo is nervous of the dark as the dark seems pretty sinister.  However there's nothing here that can't be solved with a lightbulb.  A great tale and particularly fab if you have a child that's afraid of the dark!
20th November '17
I read it to joshgok aged 7 aged 7 & to JakeGOK aged 5 aged 5
The Dark 9781408330036
4 stars
A Lemony Snicket tale brought to life by the wonderful Jon Klassen.  It's about a boy called Laszlo, who is afraid of the dark, he always has his nightlight on, but one night, it all goes dark.  The dark speaks to him, reassures him, so he follows the dark, and the dark helps him by allowing him to find a new lightbulb for his nightlight.  I think it can be seen to be a bit creepy rather than reassuring, but I think the reader can adjust their voice to make sure the listener doesn't get too scared.  

I don't think this will be a story we will return to very often, but it is very well done and illustrated so sweetly.
27th July '17
JHopkin read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
The Dark 9781408330036
4 stars
We found this book quite scary at times because we couldn't see one of the characters and wasn't sure who was speaking to Lazlo. We really liked the ending as it made Juno feel safe in her if girl bedroom at night time. A very different book to what we are used to but we still read it whenever we feel nervous about dark nights. 
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About Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

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About Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen Biography
Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children's books and an animator. He won both the American Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration for his picture book [url=

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