Notorious Notations: A Blank Journal

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Overview

Dear Reader,

Like most fugitives who have vowed to investigate the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, I have always found a book to be invaluable in my research. The book you hold in your hands can be thrown into the mouth of a charging rhinoceros, placed underneath the leg of a wobbly table, or used to write down any number of valuable observations, such as the following:

• My sister is driving me stark raving mad.
• That waiter appears to be an associate of a notorious villain.and/or
• My pen is running out of i

Almost every page in this book includes shocking illustrations and unsettling quotations from A Series of Unfortunate Events. In their company, even the most harmless notations will become notorious, a word which here means “commonly and sadly perceived to be of shadowy and somewhat sinister importance, such as my own work on the Baudelaire case, from which you should distance yourself immediately and permanently.”

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060872359
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Edition description: Blank Journal
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.55 (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."

Good To Know

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.
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Please give kids some credit!!!

    I bought this book for my sister who is very fond of wrinting, so I thought it would be good for her to have a place to put down her thoughts... The quotations by Lemony Snicket are the best thing about this journal... They are eveyting someone who loves the author's words could wish for. And there's nothing wrong with it... If kids are to read the notes in this jounal then we should give them credit that they will understand the humor, the wittiness of his words and the obvius relation whith his books 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' so the quotes are not out of context. But maybe some readings are not for the feeble minded...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!

    I bought this book for my 10-year old nephew for Christmas, I am glad I read the notations before giving it to him. Many of the notes at the bottom of the page are objectionable, such as 'Fire can solve any problem in the world' and 'sometimes a few people need to die in fires or get eaten by lions, if it's all for the greater good'. Or 'There's no reason to toss a baby off a mountain unless you absolutely have to'. 'There are worse things than theft'. 'There are people who say that criminal behavior is the destiny of children from a broken home'. Why would the authors of this journal propose such ideas to children? I realize many kids would read these quotes and shrug them off, but there are a few children out there who would think 'Oh, so some people need to die in fires. Ok' and go light a house on fire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book is very helpful in a regular day. it's like you are writing your own book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    cool

    All of lemony snickets books are awsome and cool and sorry to mention sad. But also it is cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Superb

    I thought this book was awesome...now i can write down info. that i discover reading the books...like Medusiod Mycelium, Beatrice, and V.F.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    Lemony Snicket Rocks

    Daniel Handler is AMAZING... Known to millions as Lemony Snicket. This journal could make a series of it's own because it's the new edition of the Blank Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    Perfect

    This book is just what I was looking for. I have been looking everywhere for a journal like this. I also love the notations from all the books. I highly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    AWESOME!

    I thought this journal was petty cool. It lets me keep notes of the keywords that Lemony says about Beatrice so it can lead me tward what could have happened to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    Come on, readers, where's your imagination?!?

    my son loves the Lemony Snicket series. i think this a brilliant and clever idea. use those incredible brains, you book lovers, and create on your own. be inspired and eventually you won't have to wait for more Lemony Snicket novels to be released... keep reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    What?

    I really thought this would be another book like his 'Lemony Snicket: Unauthorized Autobiography' but instead it is just a blank journal. Too bad. I would read something called 'Notorious Notations' in a second.

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