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The Thing in the Dark

Uri Orlev
AGE: 8-10

Who hasn`t been afraid of the dark? There is a "Thing" living under the bed of the young narrator and it terrifies him. It shrinks in the daytime, but when his mother turns off the light at night, the Thing grows enormous. One frightening time, the boy begins to talk to the Thing, and it becomes his best friend, his protector, his scapegoat and his confessor. Then tragedy strikes and the boy`s father is killed in the war. The boy can`t talk to his father any more, but he can send the Thing to where his father is. When Shlomo, his father`s friend, becomes a permanent presence in the house, Thing travels to Daddy for the most important advice the boy gets: Daddy is happy that Shlomo can care for the family because Shlomo is a good man.

Illustrations: Milka Cizik

The Thing in the Dark
Title The Thing in the Dark
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch, Albanian, Korean, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1976
No. Pages 58 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hayat Ha-Hoshech
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Berlin, Elefanten, 1993; Ravensburg, Ravensburger, 1998; Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2007
Italian: Florence, Salani, 1995; 2002; 2008
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1996
Spanish: Madrid, SM, 1997; 2009; Mexico City, Castillo, 2013
Albanian: Tirana, Toena, 1998
Slovenian: Zalozba, Mladinska Knjiga, 1998
Korean: Seoul, Bir, 2000; new ed. forthcoming
Portuguese: San Paolo, SM, 2004

Turkish: Istanbul, Cizmeli kedi, forthcoming 


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