The Dark (Hardcover)

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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January 2013 Indie Next List

“Young Laszlo is afraid of the dark, but as long as it stays in the basement he can carry on. One night, however, he's forced to face his fear when his beloved nightlight burns out. And, surprisingly, the dark isn't nearly as menacing as he thought. Snicket and Klassen are an author/illustrator pairing made in heaven. Snicket's offbeat and oddly charming tone is complemented perfectly by Klassen's clean, simple representation of light and dark. A quirky and delightful little story to share before bedtime!”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


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 the Author

Lemony Snicket has been accused of leaving his readers in the dark. He is the author of Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first book in a new series, All the Wrong Questions; the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events; 13 Words; and several other alarming books. He was last seen in a dimly lit area. You can visit him at

Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg, where the dark arrives early for much of the year. He is the award-winning creator of several bestselling picture books, including I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat. He grew up in Niagara Falls and now lives in Los Angeles. Visit Jon online at

Praise For…

A 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner A New York Times Best Illustrated ALSC Notable Books for ChildrenA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

* "An offbeat -- and spookily atmospheric -- approach to fear of the dark, with a creative story and high-impact enjoyable thrill."—The Bulletin, starred review

* "Readers are going to want to read this one over and over."—Library Media Connection, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316187480
ISBN-10: 0316187488
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2013
Pages: 1
Language: English