Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman.
Gr 4-7-Lemony Snicket's last book (HarperCollins, 2006) in this incredibly popular series leaves listeners with some answers and more questions. The tale begins where the last volume left off, with the three Baudelaire orphans trapped at sea in a boat with Count Olaf. The castaways survive a storm and end up on an island where other castaways from other storms have established a quiet life lead by a suspicious facilitator, Ishmael, who eventually forces the orphans to leave the camp. The children find the answers to many secrets, including the fact that their own parents once lived on this island. With the appearance of Kit Snicket and an encounter with Count Olaf, a new orphan joins the story. Will Count Olaf get his just rewards? Will the orphans find peace in this treacherous world? Tim Curry is a marvelous narrator, giving each orphan, villain, and innocent bystander his or her own voice. He also sings a song at the end of the recording about being shipwrecked, which is a wonderful, dark ending to The End. A must for Lemony Snicket fans.-Lisa W. Baker, Chocowinity Middle School, NC Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Those who can't wait for The End to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events (book 13) due out on October 13 (that's Friday the 13th, naturally) with a 2.5 million-copy first printing can bide their time with The Beatrice Letters, which uncovers, in part, the mystery behind the lady to whom Lemony Snicket dedicates every book. A beautifully designed paper-over-board package contains the correspondence between the title mystery lady and the author, punchout letters that add to the intrigue, a full-color poster by series artist Brett Helquist all safely stowed in a handy accordion file. Miss it if you dare, as Snicket might say. And to be sure Unfortunate fans truly have everything. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.