The Dark

A collaboration of Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen should be enough to pick up The Dark, an enticing picture book about a boy’s relationship with the dark. We all know in 9ff19e062c2560bf352a6e3fe2e4cc70order to overcome our fears we need to face them; this book helps with its calm and eerie tone. It’s important for children to read about scary things.

There’s a lovely bit nearer to the end where the author addresses the reader. Read it aloud in your lowest voice:  “You might be afraid of the dark, but the dark is not afraid of you. That’s why the dark is always close by. The dark peeks around the corner and waits behind the door, and you can see the dark up in sky almost every night, gazing down at you as you gaze up at the stars.”



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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