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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (edition 2012)

by Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)

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Title:"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"
Authors:Lemony Snicket
Other authors:Seth (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:JFIC, mystery, read november 2012

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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket

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    The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Authoress)
    Authoress: Orphaned and semi-orphaned children are chosen to join a secret organization
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The book "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket is an example of an upper elementary, early middle school text because of it's length and content. The book includes several chapters that range from 15 to 25 pages with some pictures within. The text is not too small and the themes of the story are more mature than a beginning reader level. The word choice is higher level at times, but most words that a younger student, such as a third grader, may not know are explained afterwards such as imperiously on page 181; the words are used in one sentence, then explained by stating the word and then stating the meaning clearly and in reader friendly language. "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is the first in a series and is 258 pages long. The main themes are mysteries, action and detective work which are shown throughout the book based on the character's profession and the clues presented in the work. The character Lemony Snicket is placed as an apprentice to a detective that is not very good at their job, so Lemony must solve the mysteries in a town called Stain'd-by-the-Sea by himself. He finds clues to his assigned case through people and resources around the town as well as uncovering deeper mysteries along the way. The text is very detailed and easy to read, but some of the analogies and clues found within the book would be more difficult to a younger reader to see initially as they may not have the literary background to comprehend subtle mentions without a visual representation. ( )
  Sdaile2 | Feb 22, 2016 |
Who is Lemony Snicket? Where was he born? Who are his parents? How did he get to enter a secret organization? These and other wrong questions with no answers will be found in this new book from Lemony. In his new work, we have a sort of prequel of his previous work about the Baudelaire brothers. The same amusing style of telling a story, but now with a little touch of noir, as he is dragged into a mysterious plot involving the theft of a horrid statue in the forgotten city of Stain'd-by-the-Sea in his first assignment as a graduated agent. The book's art made by Seth, substituing the long term partnership between the author and Brett Helquist, is very precise since Seth's illustrations are very much in tune with the noirish feel of the book. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Arrgghh, just the wrong book to read! Maybe this was the wrong time to read it. I just could not get into Lemony Snicket's dogleg prose. It was amusing in the "Unfortunate Events" series but came off as annoying and showy this time around. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Very strong voice. Great for fans of Lemony Snicket. A very noir-style detective story, except the detective is a child, and the mentor charged with teaching him is an idiot. Not my favorite, but I'm sure it will find an enthusiastic audience. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.
  lkmuir | Nov 30, 2015 |
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There was a town, and there was a girl, and there was a theft. I was living in the town, and i was hired to investigate the theft, and I thought the girl had nothing to do with it. I was almost thirteen and I was wrong.
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In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

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Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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