Sunday, August 06, 2017

Mouse's Corner: The Dark by Lemony Snickett


The Dark by Lemony Snickett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Fiction (Children's); 40 pgs
Source: Library Book

During a visit to the library recently, I noticed The Dark by Lemony Snickett, and added it to my daughter's pile of books to check out. I couldn't help myself when I saw who the author was. I planned to read it with my daughter, but her father beat me to it. I ended up reading it on my own a few days later.

I really liked the story, and from what my husband said, my daughter did too. It's not too scary, but addresses a child's fear of the dark in such a way to make her feel a little anxious perhaps. 

My husband got a real kick out of the page he called "the wall of text" in which Dark explains to the little boy how darkness is always there. He thought it seemed a bit out of place given the narration through the rest of the book while I thought it was a perfectly reasonable and witty explanation. Mouse didn't seem to mind.

Were you afraid of the dark as a child? Or did you have other fears?



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21 comments:

  1. I wasn't afraid of the dark but my sister was. This sounds like a great book!

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    1. Kathy - I thought it was great fun. Creepy and yet empowering for children who are afraid of the dark.

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  2. This book was brilliant, but I have to tell you---it even game ME the creeps lol

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    1. Donna Marie - The author has a way of doing that in his books, doesn't he? I think he captures the fear well and then turns it around into something not so scary in the end.

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  3. Sounds like a good book to help kids that are afraid of the dark.

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    1. Ellen - I thought so! I'm not sure it completely alleviated my daughter's fear of the dark, but it gave us a tool to use to help her when talking about fears. :-)

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  4. I haven't read Lemony Snickett yet. My kids weren't afraid of the dark but I have dealt with many there were during sleepovers over the years. This sounds like a fun book to read with kids.

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    1. Carole - He manages a nice balance between funny and creepy, I think. I've only read three of his Unfortunate Events books, but I enjoyed them quite a bit.

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  5. I'm still a bit afraid of the dark to be totally honest! :) I still do running leaps from where I turn off the bedroom light to the bed.

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    1. I have my moments too, especially if I'm alone in the house.

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  6. Not just as a child. Truth be told, I still don't like the dark to this day and if we are staying somewhere new I always leave a light on.

    Anyway, glad you all enjoyed the book.

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    1. Tracy - I am not a fan of the dark if I'm alone, but with others around, I have more courage. :-) I do like having a night light on in the bathroom at least.

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  7. I don't ever remember being afraid of the dark, but maybe when I was really little. Sounds like a good book for the little ones.

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    1. Christy - I thought this added a good way to think of the dark instead of being afraid of it.

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  8. I'm definitely afraid of the dark when I was a child (well maybe still do now, lol). This sounds like a fun book to read with our children. Will have to keep this book in mind.

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    1. Melody - I am a little now too. Haha. I hope you are able to get your hands on this one. :-)

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  9. I don't remember being afraid of the dark, but I had some fears about the closet! The author :) would have drawn my attention to this one as well, and if Mouse gave it a thumbs up, it must be good.

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    1. Jenclair - I hadn't realized he wrote children's book. And then one definitely was what I would expect from him. :-)

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  10. Honestly I'm still not a big fan of the dark! A dark hallway is a panic inducing situation! This sounds interesting especially since it's by Lemony Snickett! I may give it a flip through first though.

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    1. Katherine - Unexpected sounds in the dark are sure to set me on edge. I am glad I found this one!

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  11. Yep, you gotta pick up anything by Lemony Snicket!

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