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***Little Lit

"It Was a Dark and Silly Night. . . "

Comics by Lemony Snicket, William Joyce, Neil Gaiman and more!

edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly

Reviewed October 2, 2003.
RAW Junior Books with Joanna Cotler Books (HarperCollins), New York, 2003.  48 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 741.597 IT).

My 9-year-old son thought this book was excellent.  I found it fun and silly, but not terribly memorable.  This is in the nonfiction art section because it’s a collection of comics.  They are done by children’s authors and artists and comic artists.  They were all asked to start with the words “It was a dark and silly night.”  Not surprisingly, the results are quite silly.

This is a large-format book and the art is very beautiful and rich in color and variety and fun to browse through.  The stories vary considerably.  I like Lemony Snicket’s story that starts off the book.  A few are only one-page puzzles.  Kids who are comic book fans will especially enjoy it.

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