Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead. Due to the world-wide web of conspiracy which surrounds him, Mr. Snicket often communicates with the general public through his representative, Daniel Handler. Mr. Handler has had a relatively uneventful life, and is the author of three books for adults, The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, none of which are anywhere near as dreadful as Mr. Snicket's.
Gr 5-8-This is a thoroughly delightful reading of this title in Lemony Snicket's popular series (HarperCollins, 2001). Using the well-known, "it takes a village to raise a child," as the impetus for the story, Snicket weaves a macabre and humorous tale about the Beaudelaire orphans who are adopted by the Volunteers Fighting Disease (V.F.D). residents. Those who are familiar with this series, whether in print or audio format, will continue to revel in the storyline with its cruel twists of fate, tongue-in-cheek humor, and outstanding narration by Tim Curry. Those new to the series will be caught up in the outstanding narration that helps listeners visualize these dreadful and pathetic characters in their dark, Dickensonian settings. His vocal impersonations are gems. The voice of the curmudgeonly banker, Mr. Poe, brings the history of these orphans alive with his nasal, elongated sounds. The sputtering of his intense coughing fits creates the dry, dusty, and dismal life in which Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves. Edgar, the handyman who is in charge of the reluctant heroes, has a flat, American sound that elicits his straightforward and honest approach in opposition to surrounding voices.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard of Clairbaux School, Riverdale Park, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.