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. Lori | Wild and Grizzly
    March 5, 2014 / 5:10 pm

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

  2. laura redburn
    March 5, 2014 / 5:47 pm

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

  3. Lia
    March 5, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    SOLD! I love this, and tomorrow i'm ordering from my local bookshop 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Polly Davies
    March 5, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    we love this one too!

  5. Jess @ Along Came Cherry
    March 5, 2014 / 7:00 pm

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

  6. fritha strickland
    March 5, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    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

  7. Laura Side Street
    March 5, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    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

  8. abigailemily
    March 6, 2014 / 10:51 am

    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!

  9. Keri-Anne
    March 9, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    This books looks wonderful. x

  10. Anonymous
    September 3, 2015 / 10:52 am

    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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