I started haunting our local bookstore to read picture books but I always feel guilty using it like a library so I make sure to buy a small stack. When it comes to picture books, I am the pickiest purchaser ever because I am buying for myself! The Dark made my purchase pile. I had heard wonderful reviews about it and I have long admired Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen.
Other Monsters In the Closet Picture Books also delight us:
There’s Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Myer
We love this sweet monster picture book in which a little boy bravely confronts his “nightmare in his closet.” It turns out that his nightmare is a good snuggler! I love the reading by Billy Crystal too! In fact, I always picture him reading it to my kids, even as I read it.
The Monstore by Tara Lazar
Monsters seem like a good strategy to keep out pesky little sisters. Only Zack’s little sister is terrified of something else! I review it here as another Picture Book of the Week. I guess we really do love monster picture books!
And now … my selection for The Picture Book of the Day!
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
I like monster picture books that feel cozy and this one addresses the biggest fears my kids have. (No, not spiders but they are indeed freaked out by creepy crawlers). The Dark! Lazlo is afraid of the dark but the dark is not afraid of Lazlo. In fact, the dark co-habitates with Lazlo hanging out in corners and the closet but mostly in the basement. And it has a surprise for Lazlo, but it’s a very thoughtful and kind one! [picture book for anyone afraid of the dark from age 1 to 99+]
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