The genius of Jon Klassen is to be explored over more than a single book.
The books written and illustrated by him are a treat of a different kind.
The Dark is authored by Lemony Snicket, and brought alive
by Jon Klassen’s brilliant play of light and dark.
The story is about a boy named Laszlo, who is afraid of the dark.
Letting you know that he overcomes his fear is not the spoiler of the story at all.
What is intriguing, instead, is the nature of his encounter when the dark pays him a visit. Invites him. And Laszlo accepts, in spite of his fear of what might be ahead.
This complete book is a visual treat of compositions using shadow-play.
When you get your hands on a copy, dwell on every page to do justice.
The story unfolds as delightfully as its visual journey. It makes that abused yet ignored point of needing the pleasant and unpleasant, to appreciate life completely.
How without the dark we wouldn’t appreciate what bright means.
Same with so many other sentiments.
It’s also about the ability and intention of making unlikely friendships, in the face of fear. Maybe, with fear itself.
That can prepare for life like no education.
Because, each of us will agree, as we become adults, fear never leaves.
Only changes it’s shell.
It’s necessary to take that invitation fear sends you, and see yourself through it.
Here’s to a good night’s sleep, thereafter.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.