Last year, the Caldecott committee bestowed lots of love on Jon Klassen. He won the medal for This Is Not My Hat and an honor for Extra Yarn. Will the committee love him that much this year? The pairing of Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and Jon Klassen seems to be a match made in heaven. The story, written by Lemony Snicket is about Laszlo, a boy who is afraid of the dark. Klassen is known for his use of light and shadow and a limited color pallet that fits a story about learning not to fear the dark.
Even though Laszlo is afraid of the dark, the dark is not afraid of Laszlo. When the dark comes to Laszlo’s bedroom, he helps the boy find a source of light and learn not to be afraid. The author takes a moment out from the story to explain the usefulness of the dark. The story has helped one of my grandchildren to ease her fears about being in the dark. Others may enjoy the suspense of the story, the ending will be a surprise to some kids.