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Taking the "Scary" out of the Dark
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2014
Leave it to Lemony Snickett to show my Grandgirls how to make friends with the dark. As I read the book aloud to them, ages 6 and 4 respectively, I changed my voice when The Dark was speaking. Something deep and raspy. Just for effect. They loved it and when I'd forget to assume "the voice" they'd remind me to "Be 'The Dark' for this part."
The fact that the child goes looking for the Dark shows he's matured to the point of being curious about what the Dark can be; what it can show him; the possibilities. I was once certain a very scary thing lived in the dark beneath my bed ready to grab me by the ankles should I dare to put my feet down in front of him (why are the scary things always a "him"?) so I can relate to my granddaughters fear of going upstairs when the lights are off and no adult is up there.
This is a very sweet book and helpful to put The Dark in perspective to a young and active imagination.