Snicket, Lemony – The Dark – Book Review

This little book is a real page turner. Laszlo is afraid of the dark. We see him going from place to place in the house staring worriedly into nooks and crannies where the dark hides. He sleeps with a nightlight and a flashlight. The illustrations are simple but clearly increase the reader’s discomfort about the dark.

One night the dark calls him further and further and further through the house into the spooky basement. Tension builds. At the last moment, the child learns the importance of dark. I think this part could have been done much better.

Then the dark tells him to open the bottom drawer and get a bright yellow bulb from a drawer full of bulbs. I honestly didn’t get it. He already has a nightlight. His bedroom looks no different at the ending than it did at the beginning. I don’t know why he just didn’t have the flashlight at the beginning without a nightlight and then find a nightlight with the bulbs in the drawer. That would’ve been clearer and made more sense.

I know this book has received great reviews but I found it too confusing to recommend it.


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