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Does anyone know of any good fantasy picture books that have a hint of darkness? The ones I'm finding tend to be older books published ten years ago. Some of them the longer ones that go up to 45 pages. For example, Over Here And There and The Giving Tree.

But I'm looking for a 32 to 36 pager if possible.
#1 - July 12, 2014, 06:48 PM
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WOLVES IN THE WALLS by Gaiman?
#2 - July 12, 2014, 07:01 PM
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Thanks, I'll check it out. Also found Dear Mili and Over Here Over There, though those are older.
#3 - July 12, 2014, 07:47 PM
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I believe there's a Children's poetry book and I think the title is something like "The Dark Empress and Other Poems" where the poems are scare
#4 - July 12, 2014, 08:00 PM

When I looked up the title, I ended up also finding: Dark Emperor And Other Poems.
#5 - July 12, 2014, 10:10 PM
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Night School by Isobelle Carmody (2010)
#6 - July 12, 2014, 10:24 PM
I've Got a Tail! - Amicus Ink 2020

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THE DARK by Snickett maybe?
#7 - July 13, 2014, 07:41 AM
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The hat books by Jon Klassen (I WANT MY HAT BACK and THIS IS NOT MY HAT).
#8 - July 13, 2014, 07:56 AM
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picture book: EWE AND AYE (now available as an ebook!)

Here is one I found, Fog Island. I might check that out too.

Also to add, found one set in Holland that's a fantasy. You don't find those every day. If you do, it's usually an older books. And not typically a picture book.
#9 - July 13, 2014, 12:16 PM
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Maybe some Halloween-themed picture books?

I don't know if that's necessarily "darkness" or just a fun spooky atmosphere though.
#10 - July 13, 2014, 03:37 PM

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What about The Man on the Moon by William Joyce and Moonpowder by John Rocco? :shootingstar

I can think of several fantasy picture books, but they are not necessarily dark.  There's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, also written and illustrated by William Joyce.  You might also check out Michael Garland's Miss Smith series.  We love reading those and they definitely have fantasy elements and a hint of darkness.

 
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Just A Minute and Just In Case, both by Yuyi Morales.
#12 - July 13, 2014, 06:15 PM
Fur Balls & Feathers & Fins, Oh My! Animals Are My Kind of People
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I just read a fascinating PB by Kate Samworth, Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, which I hadn't hear about before. It's fun and interesting and inventive, but it's also all aboit the extinction of bird species and the idea that humankind will continually be forced to replace the presence of nature and wildlife by increasingly artificial means. I think it's VERY dark.
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I love A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown.
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#14 - July 14, 2014, 07:52 AM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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I'd want to get that, just for how blade runner like that sounds. (Yes I'm an SF geek, I admit it.:P)
#15 - July 14, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Despite its title, DARK EMPEROR is really a lovely nature book done in rhyme with nonfiction sidebars.

Maybe what you are looking for would be something along the lines of:

The Legend of the Jersey Devil (Trinka Noble, Sleeping Bear Press)
Creepy Carrots (Aaron Reynolds, Simon and Schuster)
The Bones of Fred McFee (Eve Bunting, Harcourt)
Your Skeleton is Showing (Kurt Cyrus, Hyperion)
Scarum Fair (Jessica Swaim, Wordsong)
#16 - July 14, 2014, 10:56 AM
Legend of The Beaver's Tail '15
Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts,  '16
Moo La La! Cow Goes Shopping, '17
Piece by Piece, '17

Yea I'll check those out, thanks a bunch! Yea stuff like One Candle and Over Here Over There.

Also: That Eve Bunting is something else.
#17 - July 14, 2014, 11:47 AM
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THE BOOK THAT EATS PEOPLE still creeps my kids out, even though they are getting a bit old for PBs. Scary fun!
#18 - July 14, 2014, 03:10 PM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

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#19 - July 30, 2014, 08:34 AM

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