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The Dark

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About the Annikin Series:

Annikins are mini books made especially for children — small enough to fit into tiny hands and pockets. Each book measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and contains full color pages. Individual titles available in quantities of 20s only.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554511884
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1983
  • Series: Annikins Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 356,161
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.60 (w) x 3.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Miniature Book - okay, geared towards very young children as far as interest level

    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.

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