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The Dark Hardcover – 3 Apr 2013
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Setting the picture book world alight with quirky and evocative style. (tBk Mag)
"Definitely keep this one handy for little ones - and grown-ups, for that matter- who are still scared of the dark". (The Saturday Age, Melbourne)
"The book takes a unique and engaging angle on a common theme, giving it a dark new twist that ultimately will leave children empowered and enthralled". (The Courier Mail, Brisbane)
Snicket and Klassen are an inspired pairing in this suspenseful take on childhood fear. . . . a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates. Ages 3-6. (Publishers Weekly)
The originality of The Dark is breathtaking, as are the pictures and prose. Klassen and Snicket play to their combined strengths. This elegant, vividly written tale should win some shuteye for all - and prizes for its creators. (The Times)
Highly original and visually stunning. * * * * * (Bookbag)
A powerhouse. (School Library Journal)
Lemony Snicket plays masterfully with the picture book genre in The Dark. Jon Klassen's Seventies-style illustrations are a perfect match for Snicket's wit and virtuosity. (The Daily Telegraph)
A familiar fear is given a new lease of life... serious, clever and intensely illustrated. (The Guardian)
Two bestselling, world-renowned talents of children's literature come together for the first time to bring you a universal and empowering story about conquering fear of the dark.See all Product description
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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.
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A brilliant story to help children overcome their fear of the dark.