The Dark

This past weekend I attended the Northwestern Christian Writer’s Conference on the campus of Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. Those of you who know me, know that this event is like Christmas, and Thanksgiving, and my birthday all rolled up into one big nerdy package. For me, meeting authors, agents, and editors far surpasses any other celebrity sighting. You guys, some of them even recognized me! *Fans face with hand to recover* 

  Some of my writing group and I waiting for a session to start.

Some of my writing group and I waiting for a session to start.

What does this have to do with Book Reviews? Good question. With all my prep for the conference, and now the homework I’ve been doing after it I haven’t had much time for reading. I did, however, manage to slip in a read-through of a children’s book that caught my eye at the library. 

Ever since A Series of Unfortunate Events I have become a fan of all things Lemony Snicket. I could barely believe my luck when I saw he had written a children’s book, The Dark, and that said book was illustrated by Jon Klassen, another of my favorites. The Dark just jumped into my library bag.

Laszlo is afraid of the Dark. Laszlo and the Dark somewhat peacefully co-exist. The Dark mostly spent its time in the basement and Laszlo mainly spends his time in the house. Then something happens to change that dynamic and Laszlo must face his fears. 

It is hardly necessary to say that I loved this book. I will say it anyway. I loved this book. The writing is fun and wryly funny. The illustrations are fantastic. I suggest you read it several times. At least once—no, make that twice or three times—to fully appreciate the story and a few more times to enjoy the pictures. Recommended for ages 3-7 or anyone who is afraid of The Dark. 

Quotable “At night, of course, the dark went out and spread itself against the windows and doors of Laszlo’s house.”

Buy the book on Amazon HERE