[Re: Lemony Snicket]

Loehr, Mallory MLoehr at randomhouse.com
Sat Apr 29 16:58:33 EDT 2000

I read the first 2 and was very excited at first to have found a new good
thing. But the narrative style got irritating rather quickly (as Sarah
says...repetitive). I think if I'd read it as a kid I could have ignored it
more successfully. I've just been rereading Noel Streatfield (the SHOE
books) and in reflection think that the Lemony Snickett series is a lot like
a Streatfield set up but then  sent a long a darker funnier road (as Sarah
says...Roald Dahl, or perhaps Edward Gorey). But they are especially lovely

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> From: 	Sarah Imholt
> Reply To: 	dwj at suberic.net
> Sent: 	Saturday, April 29, 2000 7:47 PM
> To: 	dwj at suberic.net
> Subject: 	Re: [Re: Lemony Snicket]
> "Marcia McGinley & Greg Ingram" <McGinley at OnAustralia.com.au> wrote:
> I was browsing through the Amazon.com.list of recommendations for "older
> children" to read while waiting for the new harry potter to see if DWJ was
> mentioned (she wasn't) and came across a series by Lemony Snicket called
> "A
> Series of Unfortunate Events" - there seem to be about four titles in the
> series.  Has anyone read them? Are they any good?
> My mom got me the first two for Christmas--they are neat books, though
> nowhere
> near DWJ caliber.  The series centers around the unfortunate adventures of
> three siblings; on the back it says that if you are looking for a happy
> story
> with a cheerful ending to get another book.  The author writes in a very
> distinctive style, which gets a little repetitive at times, but they are
> amusing stories.  The fourth one just came out and I am unsure how many
> there
> will be altogether.  I wrote to the author and got back a silly, cutsie
> form
> letter that Snickett was doing research on a submarine in the North
> Atlantic
> or something and unable to answer himself.  I felt a little miffed because
> I
> was writing as a teacher and wanted some serious info regarding the books!
> His style reminds me of a cross between E. Nesbit and Roald Dahl, but they
> are
> very unique.  The books themselves are also quite attractive, being a nice
> hardcover with great illustrations and they just feel good in the hand.  I
> have all four and plan on using them in the classroom--kids like them a
> lot.
> Sarah
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