Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement.
One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo’s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.
This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.
The Dark is an imaginative tale that perfectly explains why there is no reason for anyone – especially young children – to be afraid of the dark.
Snicket personifies the dark, but not in the way that one would expect; instead of a sinister, terrifying being, the dark is welcoming, kind, and wise. It is the dark that comes to visit Lazlo, and the dark who teaches Lazlo a valuable lesson: without the dark, everything would be light, and you would never know if you needed a new lightbulb. This lesson, as the dark explains, does not just apply to darkness; it refers overcoming anything, and is a lesson that even I occasionally need to be reminded about. You can guarantee that if my future children are afraid of the dark, this will be the book to help them overcome that fear.