Laszlo is a young boy who's afraid of the dark. The dark spends all day in the basement until night comes and it can come out. Like all Snicket books, this doesn't go where you think it's going to but also like many, it turns out better then you imagined. His text and Jon Klassen's artwork works perfectly together to build this uneasy atmosphere that makes this book.
I wish this story existed when I was young, as I believe I wouldn't still be uneasy about pure dark. Laszlo takes the step to face his fear. Yes, he was sorta forced to(show spoiler)
but he's not alone...a he finds out that's okay.