Jon Klassen's artwork, a sequence of variations on themes of darkness and light, captures precisely the spareness of the prose as we watch young Laszlo, the central character, emerge from one to the other.
Highly original and visually stunning. * * * * *
A familiar fear is given a new lease of life... serious, clever and intensely illustrated.
Lovely retro-styled illustrations... beguiling.
Lemony Snicket plays masterfully with the picture book genre in The Dark. Jon Klassen's Seventies-style illustrations are a perfect match for Snicket's wit and virtuosity.
A sweet and emotional picture book. A great book for all children who are afraid of the dark.
If ever there was a perfect creative pairing of words and pictures, surely this is it.
Thoughtful, perceptive and very reassuring.
With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear.
Funny, poignant and beautifully drawn, it is sure to be a classic.
Captivating picture book for younger children that is sure to become a library essential in no time. A powerful narrative... evocatively illustrated. There's really no good reason not to have this on your shelves.
The originality of The Dark is breathtaking, as are the pictures and prose. Klassen and Snicket play to their combined strengths. This elegant, vividly written tale should win some shuteye for all - and prizes for its creators.
Simply told and evocatively drawn, this is an ideal book to read with young children.
Setting the picture book world alight with quirky and evocative style.
"Definitely keep this one handy for little ones - and grown-ups, for that matter- who are still scared of the dark”.
Snicket and Klassen are an inspired pairing in this suspenseful take on childhood fear. . . . a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates. Ages 3-6.
A picturebook not to miss. (Children's Book of the Week)
The beauty and the power of this book is in the design, the precision of the drawing, the angles created in the turn of the staircase, the unrelenting fathomless dark, and the fearful symmetry of the shapes.
The Dark has leapt straight into my list of favourite books. A beautiful book that every home should own. 10/10
He eloquently reminds us what it is to be afraid of the dark and also, with Jon Klassen's simple, illuminating drawings, guarantees that readers see the light.
Original, delightful and empowering. Jon Klassen's illustrations are a perfect match for this outstanding picture book.
A powerful and moving tale which will entertain and encourage others to fight their fear of the dark.
“The book takes a unique and engaging angle on a common theme, giving it a dark new twist that ultimately will leave children empowered and enthralled”.
A charming and thoughtful book which, along with its endearing illustrations, will ensure a fast friendship between children and the dark everywhere.
A powerful fable about a child's fear and mastery of the dark.
Any child afraid of the dark will find solace in this elegant fable about everyday bravery. Beautiful images... charming text... a story as simple as it is timeless.
A reassuring story for any children who may be afraid of the dark.
A charming tale by the inimitable Lemony Snicket, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen.