Personally, I loved this book. It's a scary friggin' book. Is this really supposed to help children not be afraid of the dark, though? There's no way I would read this to my kids. They would spaz about the dark more than they already do."Hello," said the dark.Said the who? O_O The dark. Just before luring the boy into the basement. Now, to be fair, the dark is a nice...whatever you would classify the dark as...but he also remains omnimous, creepy, and well, dark the entire time."Come closer," said the dark.Maybe it's just me. I hate the dark. I also hate when all of my kids refuse to sleep so I will not be sharing this book with them anytime soon.The 4 stars are purely for my own enjoyment.