Wednesday, 5 March 2014

we love books: the dark

I've always been a huge book lover; from adventuring with the Famous Five to moving onto Judy Blume as a teenager, I've always had my nose buried amongst the pages of a book. So I'm thrilled that the kiddos seem to have inherited my passion for reading - Ben reads anything and everything, from The Faraway Tree and Oliver Jeffers books to his cBeebies comic and takeaway menus that come through the door.

I first discovered Lemony Snicket years ago, when I saw A Series of Unfortunate Events at the cinema, and utterly loved it. At the time I didn't have children, so promptly went away and forgot it completely. Then quite by chance, I found The Dark at a book fair at Ben's school - I was instantly taken by the charmingly simple illustrations and rather lovely plot. The book tells the story of  a young boy called Laszlo, and how he overcomes his fear of the dark; it's so beautifully written that it's become a firm favourite of ours, and I think it'd be a great way to squash any night-time dark-related fears.

Linking up with Fritha and her 'We Like to Read' series today. Check out the other great books here!



  1. We reviewed this one too, it's such a good book. everything about it from illustrations to the writing, just beautiful x

  2. i've never actually read any lemony snicket! but i do love john klassens illustrations.

  3. SOLD! I love this, and tomorrow i'm ordering from my local bookshop :) Thank you!

  4. This looks great! I got carried away and need to know what happens next! x

  5. I love Lemony Snicket! Did you ever read his adult books? (under another pen name which I can't remember now sorry!) they are so so dark x

  6. Oh I love the look of this one and I too love Lemony Snicket but have not read enough of his stuff - this looks like a funny and beautiful book :)

    Laura x

  7. I love love this book! Every time we go to a book store I paw over it, but still haven't quite managed to add it to our collection...that may have to change soon though!

  8. This books looks wonderful. x

  9. My five year old has started saying he's scared of the dark, despite having two nightlights! I'm not sure if he's genuinely scared or just procrastinating at bedtime, but I did look at this book in Waterstones. Does anybody have a child that it has helped conquer their fear?


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