Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is bizarre, abstruse ("a word which here means 'cryptic'"), and truly entertaining. Would you expect anything less from the mystery man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Bad Beginning, The Ersatz Elevator, etc.)? Virtually every detail of the volume has Snicket's indelible mark, from the book jacket (reversible to help readers disguise this "extremely dangerous" and "objectionable" autobiography) to the copyright page text to the intentionally blurry and bewildering black-and-white photographs appearing throughout. An apparently false obituary for Lemony Snicket sets the stage for what turns into a series of mind-boggling bundles of coded information passed from hand to hand, gleaned from newspapers blowing through streets, pages from a journal addressed to "Dear Dairy," blueprints of ships, minutes from secret meetings, and a lot of edited and disputed commentary. The question is, do we finally discover the meaning of VFD? You know you're not going to get a straight answer. But any fan of Snicket will have a lot of fun trying. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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My kids loved the series and I'm sure A Series of Unfortunate Events is now apart of the children's literary canon.Published 6 days ago by Paloma Reads
I bought the Kindle edition only to find that this book won't open on either of my family's Kindle devices; it will only open on an Android tablet with the Kindle App. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Simon Park
"This book does not appear to be a forgery, which is not to say that the story is true - only that it is accurate. That this book comes from Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Swank Ivy
I read this after finishing the 13 books in Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and I did not expect this to answer all the questions I had after completing the series, but even... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Micah Wimmer
I bought this for my kindle fire.
The book itself is fantastic, I really enjoy reading it.
But the format the book comes in does not allow for any highlighting or note... Read more
It's hard to review The Unauthorized Autobiography in anything approaching a normal way - but that's somewhat appropriate, given just how untraditional of a book it is. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Josh Mauthe
It can be very very confusing, especially if you miss something, because Daniel doesn't just tell you the answers, you have to put them together, like a big, vague puzzle. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by praise the LORD