Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great book about being afraid of the dark!
By Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
40 pages – ages 3 – 6 years
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
Theme/Topic – Being afraid of the dark/fears
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket–
“Laszlo is afraid of the dark.
The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.
Laszlo lives in a house.
The dark lives in the basement.
One night the dark comes
upstairs to Laszlo’s room,
and Laszlo goes down to
This is a story of how Laszlo
stops being afraid of the dark.”
I thought the jacket quote summarized the book much better than I could. 🙂
Why I liked this book – I really like the illustrations. They remind me of older cartoons. I love the sketchy look to them.
This is a pretty unusual book. The dark is actually a character and it talks to Laszlo. The book gets a little creepy because the dark wants Laszlo to go to the basement but it turns around very fast and you see the dark only wants to help him. I love the voice Lemony Snicket gives this story! I like Lazslo a lot. He represents every young child, boy or girl, afraid of the dark. I also like that he is in a one-piece pajama suit. 🙂 I think kids 3+ and Lemony Snicket fans would LOVE this book!
Activities and Resources –
Show kids that if there is no dark – you can’t have a shadow by making a silhouette! That’s a fun thing you need the dark for. I found instructions for making silhouettes at the Kaboose website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!