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Posted July 28, 2013
Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite As a young child
Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite
As a young child afraid of the dark, Lazlo will not go down into his basement. But he cannot help avoiding the dark in his own home. The dark not only lives in the basement. Lazlo finds the dark in his own room, in the closet, and even outside his window. One morning, however, Lazlo gains the courage to stand up to the dark, and the results are what he had expected…
As a previous reader of Lemony Snicket’s works in years past, grown now as an adult, I can still appreciate his often quirky style, and the characters in his stories that were both odd and yet strangely relatable to the fears and concerns of our own lives. I found The Dark just as pleasurably wacky and creatively stimulating as his previous stories, and as being suitable to read for even the most abecedarian, or newbie reader.
The Dark humanizes the abstract concept of the darkness that pervades our rooms in order to make sleeping in the dark for a person of any age less a cause for anxiety, than more perhaps as a necessary comfort -- who needs stuffed animals anymore? Well, Lazlo may not, but that doesn’t mean that we’re any less willing to sleep in the dark; we just would rather not part with our beloved teddy-bears.
Either way, once reading The Dark, your child -- and perhaps even you -- might not be so afraid of walking into a dark basement. This is a very useful skill to learn if your power has been cut by a thunderstorm. I shall be looking forward to reading this book to my niece and nephew, who are both toddlers. If not already, The Dark will indelibly mark Snicket as an exemplary children’s author for new and future generations. His works will be found in the bookshelves and hands of many young readers, or those who are only just beginning to read.
I believe Lemony Snicket should even be hailed as the new Tim Burton, but instead even better, as a writer of children’s books. And like Lazlo, we hope that you’ll begin to be able to appreciate the dark just as much as you do the light, for without the dark there would be no light.
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Posted February 16, 2014
I am impressed that the story allowed the child to resolve his o
I am impressed that the story allowed the child to resolve his own fear. Teaching/allowing children to think for themselves (he knew where the light was) and be independent (he went into the dark to obtain the light) will grow their character into a whole person. The step by step process was true genius.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2014
Fabulous story and illustrations
Making "the dark" a character in the book, Lemony Snicket manages to make this friendship story believable. The hardest part to believe is that Laszlo would follow the dark into the basement when it beckons to him--but perhaps kids are getting braver! If your child is afraid of the dark this book provides great talking points. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2013
Posted October 16, 2013
Two amazing, talented "greats" of the children's stor
Two amazing, talented "greats" of the children's storybook world team up together to give us a book that takes on one of the most common childhood fears....The Dark.
Written in short sentences, filled full of suspense and anticipation this book will have your child not only confront that fear, but come to terms with it and finally, embrace it.
"You might be afraid of the dark, but the dark is not afraid of you. That's why the dark is always close by."
"Lazlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Lazlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazlo's room. But one night it does."
Lazlo in his powder blue pajamas always has his trusty friend, the flashlight with him....just in case. The night his nightlight burns out he is forced to face his deepest fears. Lazlo then takes his flashlight and goes on a conquest which leads him right into the presence of Darkness itself. Snicket personifies Darkness giving it a voice and characteristics and it calls out to Lazlo, "I want to show you something." Lazlo musters up all the courages within him and clinging onto his trusty flashlight he follows Darkness into the black, scary basement where Darkness lives. While there he makes a discovery that puts his mind at ease and comes to the realization that Darkness is not to be feared after all.
"Darkness is not afraid of you. The darkness is a necessary component of the universe, not least of all because, if there is no darkness, how would you ever know if you needed a light bulb. " Such words of wisdom to ponder.
Jon Klassan ( a Canadian, I might add...yea) uses gouache and digital tools which work perfectly with Snickety's sparse text. His colour pallet is subdued and the black, the blackest black, ever. The glare of Lazlo's flashlight cuts through that black giving comfort to the reader and renders hope. It is a fabulous book that will surely become a classic.
I love the last page where you see little Lazlo playing with a few of his toys as the sun is setting and his flashlight is nowhere to be seen. He has finally conquered his fear of the dark.
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