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Author: Lemony Snicket Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781619696891

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Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

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  • “Dozens of children's book have been written, of course, about fear of the dark, but readers would know that one conjured up by Lemony Snicket would be different from all the rest. In the house where his little Laszlo resides, darkness exists not only as the absence of light, but also as an entity. It even comes to visit him in his room. Told without insistent didacticism, The Dark manages to be calming, evocative, and strangely entertaining.”

    - Barnes & Noble, editorial review
  • “Daniel Handler, writing as Lemony Snicket, does a wonderful job of—I was going to write ‘personifying the dark,’ but ‘thingifying’ is more like it…[a]lovely-spooky conception, poetic and concrete in equal measure.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Lemony Snicket’s succinct text is as deadpan as ever…What makes this book stand out above other books on childhood fears is the fact that Laszlo negotiates directly with the living, breathing dark—and comes to terms with it in a way that children will understand intuitively. No lectures (or adults!) are needed.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Snicket’s atmospheric narrative personifies the dark with indelible character…In its willingness to acknowledge the darkness, and the elegant art of that acknowledgment, The Dark pays profound respect to the immediacy of childhood experiences.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “[A] suspenseful take on childhood fear….[with] style, catharsis, and a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This book may make the dark a more friendly character for those who fear him.”

    - Children’s Literature
  • “Tackles a basic childhood worry with suspense, a dash of humor, and a satisfying resolution...There's a sense of closure, as Laszlo comes to terms with the dark, which still lives in his home but never bothers him again…Fresh, kid savvy, and ultimately reassuring.”

    - School Library Journal
  • “Tthe text [is]…poetic and begging to be read aloud…Laszlo, though a new creation for this story, somehow seems satisfyingly familiar. A lovely if uneven offering about a common childhood fear.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Selected for the Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Children's Titles, Ages up to 8
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the 2013 NAPPA Gold Award for Tweens & Teens
  • Winner of the 2013 NAPPA Gold Award for Family

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About the Author

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, the author of several children’s biographies, including A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

About the Narrator

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.