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 order 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.”