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In the Dark

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As we move toward the Winter Solstice, the darkness grows longer. Here are some books that celebrate darkness to fantastic illustrative effect.
The Dark

The Dark

by Lemony Snicket
illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
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A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

Two bestselling talents shed new light on an age-old fear

Lazlo is afraid of the dark. It hides in closets and sometimes sits behind the shower curtain, but mostly it lives in the basement. One night, when Lazlo’s nightlight burns out, the dark comes to visit him in his room. “Lazlo,” the Dark says. “I want to show you something.” And so Lazlo descends the basement stairs to face his fears and discover a few comforting facts about the mysterious presence with …

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In the Tree House

In the Tree House

by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Dusan Petricic
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

An evocative story about two brothers who are growing up (one faster than the other), an unusual summer night and a special tree house that proves childhood is not just a time but also a place.

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This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition:Hardcover

The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner!
From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his …

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Black and Bittern Was Night

Black and Bittern Was Night

by Robert Heidbreder
illustrated by John Martz
edition:Hardcover

It's a band of animated skeletons versus daring children in this rhyming Halloween picture book tale, told in delightful nonsense language. Here the children are “tyke-tots” and the adults “tall-bigs,” while the skeletons are called “SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS.” As the story begins, the SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS descend on a small, quiet town on Halloween night.

“They ring-ruckled round, enclupping the town, with quake-quiver-up and scree-scrackle down.”

The SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS have a plan to keep the ch …

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The Dark (Annikin Miniature Edition)

The Dark (Annikin Miniature Edition)

edition:Book

Jule Ann pounds on the bottom of a cookie jar, and a small dark lump bounces out. The Dark quickly gobbles up every shadow in sight, growing bigger with each one. Munsch’s plucky heroine resolves the perplexing problem with brilliant, spirited logic.

About the Annikin Series: Annikins are mini books made especially for children—small enough to fit into tiny hands and pockets. Each book measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and contains full color pages.

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Singing Away the Dark

Singing Away the Dark

edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
tagged : country life

On a dark winter's morning a little girl has to trudge a mile to catch the school bus. Will she be able to sing her way through the shadows? Lilting rhyming text by Caroline Woodward and stunning paintings by Julie Morstad herald an era when singing away the dark was part of a six-year-old's rural school-going routine.

"This quietly stunning tale empowers all young children -- whether they get to school by snowshoe or SUV -- to overcome fear with imagination" (Q & Q Starred Review)

"Night can be a …

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Singing The Dark

Singing The Dark

by Gail Sproule
illustrated by Sheena Lott
edition:Paperback

A nightly routine becomes a gentle ritual in this special bedtime story.

When evening comes, a little girl asks her mother, Will you sing the dark tonight?"

With that request, mother and daughter begin a unique ritual. Nightgown is pulled on, teeth are brushed, face is washed and hair tangles are carefully smoothed. Then, hand in hand, mother and daughter go out into the garden to welcome the night. While crickets call out and dew falls, Mother sings a song to the coming dark. And as her daughter …

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Night Sky Wheel Ride

Night Sky Wheel Ride

by Sheree Fitch
illustrated by Yayo
edition:Hardcover

Sister and Brother, mothers and fathers and all of the others in the whole wide whirling world! We are fizzy with the dizzy, reeling, fuzzy with the Ferris wheel feeling! Sheree Fitch's brilliant poetry and Yayo's vivid artwork light up the night sky in this wonderful picture book for kids young and old.

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