The Dark by Lemony Snicket

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Synopsis

Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.


 

About Lemony Snicket

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Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead. Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lemony Snicket—aka Daniel Handler—saw a drawing by Jon Klassen that showed the dark talking.

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I think that, hands down, the year’s most distinctive picture book thus far is Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by freshly minted Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

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The next scene shows his bedroom now illuminated by the returned soft glow of the night light, and Laszlo no longer fears the dark.

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The Guardian

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... Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark is both hilarious and deliciously cruel, writes Hermione Hoby.

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The Guardian

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... Ma Jian is a writer of rare originality, but this bleak tale lacks the wit of earlier novels, says Tash Aw.

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Publishers Weekly

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“Without a closet, you would have nowhere to put your shoes,” he points out, as readers wait with bated breath to find out what lurks inside the dresser, “and without the dark, everything would be light.” In a final twist—and a moment of uncharacteristic gentleness from Snicket—the da...

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NPR

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Are you afraid of the dark? In his latest children's book, The Dark, Daniel Handler — who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket — takes on darkness itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear.

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The Independent

... "If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates," rails Kongzi, a pedigree- proud direct descendant of the sage Confucius, "but if a woman ...

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The Telegraph

... Stephen Abell is impressed by an unflinching novel of China's one-child policy and its effects.

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The Bookbag

Summary: This is a stylish and original picture book which deals with a small boy’s fear of the dark in an unusual way.

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The Boston Globe

... Since the Chinese edition of “Stick Out Your Tongue” first appeared in 1987, Ma Jian's books have received a blanket ban in his birth country.

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BookPage

Who wouldn’t be afraid of the dark, the mysterious thing that sometimes hides in the closet, sits behind the shower curtain and lives in the basement?

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Common Sense Media

The dark is positive, too: It directs Lazlo to the place where the night light lightbulbs are kept so he won't have to fear the dark will come in his room, and he can sleep easy.

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NY Daily News

... Barry Reeves, author of “A Shot in the Dark: A Day in the Night of a New York City Bartender,” was fresh off the plane from Dublin in 1999 when ...

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Shelf Awareness

Charlie Winton plans to step down as publisher of Counterpoint Press, while retaining his position as chairman and CEO.

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A Patchwork of Books

The Dark also fits into a well-established niche in children's books: books to help kids to deal with something.

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Shelf Awareness

The Dark. by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Jon Klassen. Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), having written 13 books about a family of orphans who ...

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Kids Book Review

... You can watch a video trailer for The Dark here. Title: The Dark Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrator: Jon Klassen Publisher: Orchard Books ...

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The Horn Book

... Review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket. From the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Palatine Public Library

4 days ago ... Laszlo is afraid of the dark--but The Dark is not afraid of him. One night, The Dark asks Laszlo to visit its room--the creepy basement full of "old, ...

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http://www.inismagazine.ie

Book cover image for The Dark. Publication date: April 2013 ... I have to admit I know almost nothing about Lemony Snicket. I have seen the film adaptation of A  ...

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My Favourite Books

... Guest Review: The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick. Synopsis: A boy destined to lead his clan; a girl raised by wolves; a stranger with a sealed ...

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Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

... Book Review- Emily the Strange: Dark Times (Book #3). By Rob Reger. Illustrated by Buzz Parker. Published by Harper Collins. Released on ...

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Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

... Book Review: Dark Lord: The Early Years by Dirk Lloyd (Jamie Thomson) ... The Dark Lord is confounded when he awakens in the middle of a ...

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Sharon the Librarian

... The Dark by is a picturebook written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated ... So, if you would to request that I review your book, please feel free to ...

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PreS-Gr 2—Snicket and Klassen present a picture book that tackles a basic childhood worry with suspense, a dash of humor, and a satisfying resolution. Laszlo, clad in pajamas, is afraid of the dark, which spends most of the day in the basement but spreads itself throughout the boy's rambling home...

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