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The Vile Village


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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. Michael Kupperman has done many illustrations for such publications as Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He frequently writes scripts for DC Comics. This is his first book.


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.

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