Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Greenaway Shortlist - The Dark - Please let us know what you think in the comments

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does, and Laszlo embarks on a brave journey to meet the dark.

A terrific Film Noire atmosphere is evoked throughout with a clever choice of font and limited colour palette to create a retro adventure feel. Interesting use of perspective and angles to reflect Lazlo's anxiety and the use of abstract shapes actively guides your eye through the story. Wonderful use of light to give a sense of the passage of time and very creative use of dark space in the same way that one would more traditionally use white space.


  1. I absolutely love this book and feel it has a strong contention for winner! The reader is drawn into the fears of a youngster vividly with the personification of dark. I think most young students will identify with these irrational fears,seen through the eyes of this young boy. I love the ending of the story and the close! Very gratified. Big thumbs up! Just wondering what makes this illustrations soooo amazing?

  2. I really enjoyed reading this book and John Klassen actually illustrates another book that is nominated for the award. I like how the light is just showing the main objects it wants you to look at. I also like it how the dark is like a person , so the whole book isbasically personification!
    Izzy P

  3. Great ideas Izzy! I too like the idea that the illustrator creates the dark as a person. I wonder if Jon Klasson will win this year because he has two books on the short list?