The Dark

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I love the illustrations, the way the geometric shapes echo the harshness of those hard walls and cold windows. I love the way you never quite know where the light source is, and the feeli
...ng that you're that little kid all alone, without even a rug to play cars on. I do expect more from Daniel Handler, though. The first time I read this picture book I was a bit disappointed by the story. Maybe I was expecting something humorous. I don't know. There's no reason to expect humour in a book called 'The Dark', but Klassen's hat books are illustrated in similarly dark style and they are darkly funny.I uncharitably think that if this wasn't written by a big name author it would have gone back for some more editing. Laszlo's self-revelation is delivered to us as a lecture -- ostensibly by the dark, but it's clear it's an authorial intrusion -- and I know this is probably 'deliberately' a retro thing they're going for, but I don't like it. In a modern picture book I want the self-revelation to be sufficiently clear from the pictures and achieved by the readers themselves. That's a lot of words on one page. More than on the other pages. I feel that wall of words is a hack, beautifully written though they may be.Also: If Laszlo clutches a torch all night, and he's really that scared of the dark, why not just use the torch as his night-light until dawn? I know, I know, you're not supposed to think of that. The hero has to be brave. But I did think of that, and unless I'm missing something, it's a bit of a plot hole in my opinion.MoreLess
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Guest a year ago

Fuckin shit

Guest 7 months ago

Stop cusin

Guest a year ago

wtf is this a poem

Guest 7 months ago

You to

Guest a year ago

i like it but its to short.

Guest a year ago

The number of pages a book has really don't matter. What matters is what the book wants to say. If you cannot realise that, then you cannot connect with the book. Besides, the short stories are the ones with the greatest meanings.

Guest a year ago

It was very short

Guest 7 months ago

Shut up now
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