The Dark (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – Picture Book, 2 April 2013
*"With his command of language, tone, and pacing, Snicket creates the perfect antidote to a universal fear. Klassen's spare gouache and digital illustrations in a quiet black, brown, and white palette (contrasted with Laszlo's light blue footy pajamas and the yellow light bulb) are well suited for a book about the unseen. Using simple black lines and color contrasts to provide atmosphere and depth, Klassen captures the essence of Snicket's story."
―The Horn Book, starred review
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (2 April 2013)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316187488
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316187480
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Item Weight : 408 g
- Dimensions : 20.32 x 1.27 x 26.35 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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At first, the dark appears as spooky in the book, my daughter asked lots of questions while I read it! We eventually learned what happened as we finished the book and it turned out to be very heart warming and nice, which my daughter enjoyed. There is another book i'd like to get called 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark' which I have read to classes of children, it would couple nicely with The Dark story!
It's also a good option if you want something to read to mixed ages. We have a 7 year old and 3 year old and this book had the big advantage of being something I could read to them both at the same time without one or other getting bored.
However, I was expecting a book that brought together pretty much the best children's author around at the moment (Snicket) with the wittiest and most subversive illustrator (Klassen) to deliver a little more. We adored Snicket's novels and I personally think Klassen's This Is Not My Hat is up there with Dickens in terms of characterisation and story telling. Yet somehow their combined spark didn't quite produce the electricity I was expecting.