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Title:
Lemony Snicket : the unauthorized autobiography
Author:
Snicket, Lemony.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
212 pages ; 19 cm.
Summary:
The elusive author provides a glimpse into his mysterious and sometimes confusing life, using fanciful letters, diary entries, and other miscellaneous documents as well as photographs and illustrations.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NC 1270 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 3.0 59380.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 6 Quiz: 30727 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780060007195

9780060007201

9780613672092
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In anticipation of the forthcoming release of The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Tenth) don't miss this depressing opportunity to warn even more readers off Lemony Snicket.

Finally, here is the definitive - and only - book for anyone interested in learning more about the alarmingly elusive author.

Ages 10+


Author Notes

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, who was born on February 28, 1970. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of and appears as a character in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also written or contributed to other works using this pen name including Baby in the Manger, The Lump of Coal, The Composer Is Dead, and Where Did You See Her Last?.

Under his real name, Handler is the author of several books for adults including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Part of the fun of the droll Series of Unfortunate Events books is narrator Lemony Snicket's practice of making cryptic remarks about his knowledge of and involvement in the Baudelaire orphans' shadowy background story. These mysterious events are unlikely to be explained before the thirteenth book, the projected end of the series. In the meantime, readers fixated on this puzzle will be happy to pore over this "unauthorized autobiography," an eclectic scrapbook of documents such as letters, newspaper articles, and transcripts of meetings and conversations, illustrated with vintage, black-and-white snapshots. Despite bits of humor that extend from the clever title to the reversible book jacket, from the copyright statement to the index, the book comes across as a rather formless vehicle for clues and red herrings. Without the customary characters and plot to keep the momentum going, some readers will bog down before finishing the book. Only for devoted Snicket fans . . . but, of course, libraries are fullof devoted Snicket fans. Carolyn Phelan.


Publisher's Weekly Review

A certain maniacal glee went into the creation of this archly humorous volume. Beginning with the suggestion on the front flap of the dust jacket to disguise its dangerous contents (Make use of this book's reversible jacket immediately), readers will know they're in possession of something deliciously left of normal. The jacket reverses to display a hilarious parody of Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events covers, entitled The Pony Party! and featuring The Luckiest Kids in the World! by Loney M. Setnick. Meanwhile, the contents lead readers on a merry goose chase. The 13 (naturally) chapters burst with red herrings, non sequiturs, mysterious letters, diary entries and so on not to mention fading black-and-white photographs with captions such as Total strangers and W?H?O? The narrative makes for a most satisfying tease, larded with such Snicketisms as For various reasons, portions of this chapter have been changed or made up entirely, including this sentence. It would seem that Snicket's obituary from the highly unreliable Daily Punctilio (which is reproduced in the book) is premature, and that there will indeed be more installments about the Baudelaires, though nothing is certain in the end and readers are left nearly as in the dark about Snicket as they were at the start. Of course, this is all part of the fun, guaranteed to make the author's fans itch to get their hands on a copy of this devious romp masquerading as an autobiography. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8 Beneath a simple, seductive Tyvek cover resembling manila and plain brown paper, snippets of Snicket's life appear in 13 chapters of notes, letters, newspaper clippings, songs, photos, telegrams, screenplay excerpts, steamship tickets, and meeting minutes. Daniel Handler prefaces the material. It is not stated who compiled this information, although there is a speculative tale of how it reached the publisher. Snicket begins with a letter about the inaccurate report of his death published in The Daily Punctilio and comments on a folk song detailing his abduction at a young age by the V.F.D. It is noted that all members of this organization were snatched at an early age, chronicled with black-and-white photographs. Subsequent documents from and about characters in "A Series of Unfortunate Events," such as Poe, Olaf, Esme, and others, may or may not reveal their connection to V.F.D., which is used as an acronym for many different organizations, events, and things. Allusion is made to a solid connection between the Snickets and Baudelaires; clearly they are in imminent danger and in need of the many disguise suggestions provided. The book's high-gloss pages have the look of a scrapbook with many gray pages reminiscent of early photocopies. References are made to Kafka, Fitzgerald, and children's authors. There is a circuitously cross-referenced index. Snicket fans will clamor for this intriguing parody of an autobiography/mystery. -Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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