January 20, 2014

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen: Dunkel / The Dark

When my 3-year-old and my 6-year-old say "Noch mal!" ("Again!") just after reading a book to them then it's a good one. Trust me! And obviously we are not the only readers who think so: Since its release in April last year "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen has been reviewed enthusiastically a lot. So some of you have this one already on their bookshelf, I guess. The German edition ("Dunkel") by Swiss NordSüd Verlag is for sale from today on!


The story is about a little boy who is afraid of the dark. Mostly the dark lives in the basement, but one night the dark arrives in his room ... kind of spooky, but never terrifying. When the dark visits the boy it talks to him and acts like a friend. And in the end the dark shows the boy where to find the light. I rarely say this so clearly: I can really recommend this book. Great text, great illustrations and a story that confront with a children's fear and shows how to cope with rather than to distract from it.


More about the the brilliant children's book best sellers Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler here and Jon Klassen, author/illustrator of "I Want My Hat Back" and "This Is Not My Hat", here.


Look at this page where the boy's speech is set in the light and the dark "talks" in the black
areas:

The last line the boy says is white text on black, he isn't afraid any more.