- Age Range: 5 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Series: Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316187488
- ISBN-13: 978-0316187480
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dark (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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EMOTIONS; OVERCOMING FEAR/BRAVERY; SELF-MANAGEMENT
*Starred Review* What if the dark meant more than the absence of light? What if the dark were someone? Laszlo, dressed in blue footie jams, his hair precisely parted, is afraid of the dark. Mostly, the dark lives in the basement, but one night, when his night-light fails, it arrives in Laszlo’s room. The dark leads Laszlo through the rickety house and down to the basement, and bids him to open the bottom drawer of an old dresser, where he finds night-light bulbs. Laszlo is emboldened, peace is restored, and Laszlo and the dark, presumably, live happily ever after. Snicket’s atmospheric narrative personifies the dark with indelible character, its voice as creaky as the roof of the house, and as smooth and cold as the windows. Klassen renders the expansive, ramshackle house in mottled sepia tones, visible in the sharp beam of Laszlo’s flashlight as it interrupts the flat, inky black. Even the dialogue respects the delineation, with Laszlo’s words set in the swaths of light and the dark’s written in the dark. But just as important are the things Klassen omits: rooms are empty of furniture and people. Laszlo feels alone. In its willingness to acknowledge the darkness, and the elegant art of that acknowledgment, The Dark pays profound respect to the immediacy of childhood experiences. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Snicket and Klassen? This’ll be huge. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess
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The fact that the child goes looking for the Dark shows he's matured to the point of being curious about what the Dark can be; what it can show him; the possibilities. I was once certain a very scary thing lived in the dark beneath my bed ready to grab me by the ankles should I dare to put my feet down in front of him (why are the scary things always a "him"?) so I can relate to my granddaughters fear of going upstairs when the lights are off and no adult is up there.
This is a very sweet book and helpful to put The Dark in perspective to a young and active imagination.
And speaking of young readers, don't worry that this is too scary for them. My 3&5 year olds listened with quiet interest to the story with no qualms, then promptly put it on their favorite bookshelf.
My oldest was shy of 4½ when we began reading this book. He's never been scared of the dark, but we've had our challenges with abandoned tunnels and dinosaurs causing bad thoughts if not nightmares.
So maybe I'm being bad dad by sharing this book that takes a non-threatening topic, makes it scary, then shines a light on it to expose... nothing worth fretting over. But no matter, both kids enjoy the story and the art, and when the bages get really black, it's the perfect excuse for them to growl loud monster noises at each other,.
The illustrations are also captivating for children to look at and are a great match to the story. There is a good contrast between light from the flashlight to dark.
Well done, yet again, Lemony Snicket.