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About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.



Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Ina Nov PC edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060586583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060586584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
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If there's anyone on your gift list unlucky enough to own the entire series of unfortunate events, you may wish to inflict further adversity upon them by purchasing this additional volume for their collection. Not so much a book as a mystery contained between hard covers, this most attractively presented publication contains two folders, one with a large two-sided poster filled with clues, and a notebook containing correspondence exchanged between a guy named Lemony Snicket and what seems to be two people named Beatrice Baudelaire, one of whom claims to be a fourth Baudelaire sibling. The letters begin before The Bad Beginning and end sometime after The End.

It soon becomes evident that the notebook contains many clues, and from the cover we learn that these clues are "suspiciously linked to Book the Thirteenth". The most obvious puzzle is the anagram using the punch out letters, but there's no way in heck that anybody's going to ruin the notebook by actually doing that. There are several solutions to the anagram, two of which contain names, the simplest one seeming to tie in with the poster illustration, and the other one connected through the correspondence. Even the cover has an illustrated surprise which could also be a clue.

Conspiracy buffs will have a field day with this one, which is a lot trickier that it looks. For instance the occupation "baticeer" (someone who trains bats) won't be found in the dictionary, and the poem "My Silence Knot" is also a puzzle. It's highly unlikely that I'll be any closer to revealing any secrets by the time "The End" comes out next month, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see. In the interim, this one gets full marks for originality and presentation.

Amanda Richards, September 17, 2006
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I think I can safely say that the Series of Unfortunate Events is the only series I've read where the author's mysterious story might be even more intriguing than the actual storyline. This book is cleverly set up, complete with punch-out letters that spell out something important! There is also a very suspicious-looking two-sided poster. This book takes a few reads and a bit of piecing together, which makes it a lot of fun. There are still some things I need to figure out. You may want to take some notes while reading these letters...

The humor is more subdued in this companion to the series, but Lemony Snicket's reply to Beatrice's 200-page book made me laugh. The whole presentation is both funny and kind of sad...like the books themselves. In other words, this book is worth the buy.
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Anagrams and anagrams. This series loves anagrams.

This book raises more questions than it answers, but it only heightens the anticipation of the thirteenth book, "The End". We see a different side of Lemony Snicket, both in his letters to Beatrice and Beatrice's letters to him. We also see different *sides* of Beatrice. I haven't been following the clues as closely as many readers have - because there are so, so many - but there was one particularly interesting revelation here. At least a *possible* revelation. Without spoiling anything, I feel safe in saying that not everyone involved may be quite as "adult" as they seem. Then again, perhaps not. Frankly, it's fascinating.

Others have commented on the physical design of the book, so I'll not bore you with that repitition.

This is a quick read - unless you want to try and put all of the pieces together. If that's what you're in the mood for, and I highly reccommend it, get a pot of coffee (if your Mom or Dad will allow), a pen, and a commonplace notebook. It's an all-nighter. If you're adept at anagrams, it may be considerably quicker, and the coffee might not be necessary.

I've read adult mysteries that were easier to follow; read enormous, overlong, and tremendously complex fantasy series that are nearly impossible to follow (Robert Jordan's comes to mind). That a book aimed at young adults (9-12) is so involved, and involves so many adults (like myself) is truly a testimony Daniel Handler.

I really have to wonder exactly what is going on in Handler's mind, especially considering the other books he's written - two not specifically for younger readers. It must be an interesting, no, *fascinating* place. He seems a bit like Willy Wonka, if Wonka were an author. To me at least...you don't need to agree.
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The end is near. Followers of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" know that the thirteenth, and last, book of the series, titled "The End", is out on the thirteenth day of the tenth month on the fifth day of the week. A confusing phrase which here means: Friday, October 13th, 2006.

Lovers of the series have devoured each book and Lemony Snicket, the series' elusive author, has earned himself quite a following. A phrase which here means a LOT of happy readers who like to devour every word the author writes in hopes of solving a complicated mystery.

Why they would amuse themselves with the trivialities and misfortune that befalls the Baudelaire Orphans is beyond me. Horrible things happen to these lucky children: Their house burns down, they lose their parents, they get taken in by a nefarious criminal, Count Olaf, who tries to take their massive fortune.

And that's just the beginning of their woes. But Lemony Snicket, chronicler of the lives of the Baudelaire Orphans, has also earned himself an air of mystery. Here which means a confusing situation that may or may not be solved with the help of bloodhounds on a cloudy day.

Little is known about the elusive author and littler still of his great love: Beatrice. Each of the twelve books has been dedicated to her in some way. "The Penultimate Peril," Book the Twelfth in "A Series of Unfortunate Events," is dedicated to her thusly:

For Beatrice-

No one could extinguish my love,

or your house.

Thus we come to: "The Beatrice Letters." Here we have a File Box of information. A phrase, which here means a book that opens to two file folders, holding a double-sided poster with clues and the letters themselves, carefully bound in tape.
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