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Overview

This may look like just another book in Lemony Snicket's wretched series. Looks are deceiving.

Just as Lemony Snicket has spent years researching the distressing lives of the Baudelaire orphans, now you too can record your own unfortunate events. The blank pages of this fraudulent book are perfect for writing down any secretive and upsetting research of your own, including the names of suspicious teachers; secret codes you have devised; details of sinister conversations you have overheard; maps of places that are important to you, and other crucial and woeful information.

With cover art by Brett Helquist, a beautifully designed interior, a page of black–and–white stickers, and quotations from A Series of Unfortunate Events, this journal is the perfect way for fans of Lemony Snicket to begin documenting their own alarming lives.

Ages 9–11

The blank pages in this fraudulent journal are perfect for fans to write down any secretive and upsetting research they've done. A beautifully designed interior is complemented with a page of black-and-white stickers and quotations from the series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060586560
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2004
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Biography

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & Noble.com. "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

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Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Lemony Snicket's legions of devoted followers now have a tool for making notes at secret meetings, recording discreet observations, and creating clandestine plans -- this Series of Unfortunate Events journal. Designed for vital data that must be kept from prying eyes, Snicket's "blank book" is filled with plenty of writing space, thorny illustrations at the top of every page, and wickedly wonderful quotes and artwork from the books. If that isn't enough to make you gasp with joy, the journal also includes a page of art and word stickers for leaving Series of Unfortunate Events marks wherever you wish. A helpful supplement to the series -- which may hold important clues of its own, or maybe not -- The Blank Book is a must-have that fans could be lost without.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    The Blank Book

    I liked writing in the Blank Book about the terrible things in each Lemony Snicket Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    a pretty good book

    I thought it was a poor cover exspeasially for a notebook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    Disappiontment

    I LOVE Lemony Snickets books,but to me this book was a disappiontment.I want to read another series of unfortunate event books not write one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    A Great Place To Write Things Down!!!

    OMG!!! I love A Series of Unfortunate Events! When I saw this book I had to get and it has come in handy. Anyone who needs a journal and/or likes A Series of Unfortunate Events should buy this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    A Book That Is Blank

    I just simply made it into a journal of Klaus. This is a book that can be turned into anything !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    An Aide in My Work.

    This Blank Book is an aide in my V.F.D. work. S- Wherever you are, keep safe. Various Flying Dirigibles will find you. The world is quiet here. -K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Great

    Snicket did a wonderful job writing this series. I cant put them down when i open them. Buy them quick!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    Why I love these books and others call it sad...

    I think it is dumb how people say that Series of Unfortunate Events are sad and they had no warning.But CLEARLY it says 'If you do not like sad stories put this book down emeadiatley.'As for MY judgment of these dreary unfortunate books.I like them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    I Love All The BOOKS!!!

    I think every book Lemony Snicket has written is wonderful! and sad. They even have things you can buy like a Blank Book! and who knows what else! I thimk everybody should read The Series of Unfortunate Events

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Children's book?

    These are great fun for adults...our family seems to be competing to see who can finish them first! The youngest reader in our family is 23! Long live Lemony Snicket!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    1 g8 series

    i realli realli realli realli liked all of Lemony Snickets books, because after reading the 1st one thats wot realli got me into reading in da first place.... I recoment dis book to ppl who like and adventerus and well..... Different books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    totally cool!

    after reading the 1st book in the series i couldnt stop reading them. I read the whole series in less then a month, and i reread it all the time. If you like books that keep you on the edge of ur seat this is the series for you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    The book is a drag!

    I think that he could do better in a sense. I have read all of his books and to me the Blank Book is a waste of pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    A delight to read

    A mysterios collection of information on the Bauldaliere children that keeps you guessing what will happen next. It has some other mysteries that are still unsolved. The autobiography tells you some facts that even makes you wonder about other things in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Creative

    I think it is a great way for kids to right about there own unfortant problems, I am a kid and I have gone through 6 of them righting my own series, I just started a new series with them to the happiest kids in the world but I have also added my own twist and turns to the series of unfortant events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    Lemony Snicket, the mysterys never ends

    If you're someone who loves exciting books then the Series of Unfortunate Events are the books for you. After a couple of books you start to wonder things you didn't wonder in the first few books such as what does v.f.d. stand for and who might have survived the fire that burnt down the Baudelaire orphans' house. There are more things that keep you reading these books. That is what makes these books exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    An Unfortunate Surprise

    This book is a journal for unfortunate events in the life of the writer. In this book, you get to become Lemony Snicket. Writing your own series of unfortunate events. You write anything you loathed in your life. An angry teacher, a gruesome bully, or a bad day in the writers life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Yikes!

    I have no idea how to describe this one. But make sure you get it and pay attention!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    This is soooooooo awesome!

    I've been using this to uncover the mysteries of what parents talk about when they think the kiddos are in bed. Definitely get this. It is very useful for recording the strange and arcane (a word which means 'obstruse', which is a word that means 'obsolete', which is a word that means 'entirely useless to anyone besides me, or anyone who can read my arcane, mysterious, miserable and upsetting runic language. In other words, (a sentence which means 'to rephrase') only me. I gaurd this book with the life of the parakeet who belongs to my second cousin once removed. As she cannot speak (which, contrary to public opinion, is quiet common among birds), she is a very trusty confidante. This book, with it's sinister stickers, pernicious pages, and quickly quieting quotes, is most definitely worth your valuable money from your upsetting Visa card. The ways of credit cards are a long lost secret.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    WOW

    I LOVE THE BOOK!!! It roockkkss! I wood recommend it entriely.

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