The Dark

The Dark

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by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko
     
 

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Jule Ann pounds on the bottom of a cookie jar, and a small dark lump bounces out. The Dark quickly gobbles up every shadow in sight, growing bigger with each one. Munsch's plucky heroine resolves the perplexing problem with brilliant, spirited logic.

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Jule Ann pounds on the bottom of a cookie jar, and a small dark lump bounces out. The Dark quickly gobbles up every shadow in sight, growing bigger with each one. Munsch's plucky heroine resolves the perplexing problem with brilliant, spirited logic.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Armin Brott
When Jule Ann comes downstairs for breakfast and dumps a small dark lump out of her cookie jar, she has no idea that she has just unleashed the Dark, a veritable shadow-eating monster. Jule Ann's father immediately throws the Dark out the window and it gleefully hops down the street consuming everything (well at least every shadow) in its path. Within hours, the whole city is blanketed in darkness. This, of course, upsets Jule Ann greatly and she devises a clever scheme to get the Dark back where he belongs. Written for a child who was afraid of the dark, this story is, unfortunately, somewhat less-than inspiring but is ultimately saved by the illustrator. 1997 (orig.
Canadian Materials - Dave Jenkinson
While it is most unusual for fiction to have revised editions, Munsch's texts are but the static form of an ever changing dynamic, his storytelling. Consequently, over time, the printed version can depart from what children are hearing when Munsch tells the story to a live audience. Dwindling stock and the need for reprinting provide publisher and author with an occasion to make modifications, and, in the case of The Dark, the opportunity to change illustrators.... [This] 1997 version seems to be faster, brighter and more lively while offering much more for the eye. School and public libraries will want to add the new version of The Dark to their collections, but they should not discard the original Suomalainen-illustrated rendition for language arts and art classes could be enlivened through a comparison of the two editions. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550374506
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Classic Munsch Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
353,809
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.

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The Dark 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Welovetoread More than 1 year ago
This book is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches big. The illustrations take up one page, are colorful and truly stick to what is happening in the story. This story is about a dark spot that falls out of a cookie jar and starts to swallow every shadow it sees. It grows to an enormous size. The girl has to figure out how to get rid of it. This is a very short story so not much happens other than the spot eating shadows and getting bigger. Probably better suited for a read aloud to very young children; first graders thought it was okay, but were not that interested in it.