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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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In the hands of any other narrator this would have been an awful book. Instead, this was only aimless and barely intriguing. I was waiting and waiting for the story to gel but it remained a formless blob.

I expected a witty and resourceful young Snicket but found him to be insipid. The device of "X which here is a word which means Y" got grating very early on.

Am I going to read the next book despite this disappointing introduction? Yes, because I am stupidly optimistic that way. And because I would like to meet Lemony Snicket's sister. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
This book is about a boy and his assistant going to a new town to solve a mystery. the mystery is a stolen statue that gets passed down through generations. the boy goes to the library to find information about the statue and the town. The boy meets a girl who likes to interview people. The girl and him become friends and they hear a scream from a house. They help the woman and she tells them her father is kidnapped.

I think this is a great story. I think it is a great story because the plot is good. The book also has good characters. The book is not long but not short so it is good length. The book has some pictures too. The book is a cliffhanger. All in all it is a good book.
  Ianh.B1 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket helps investigate the theft of a statue.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Oct 15, 2016 |
“There's an easy method for finding someone when you hear them scream. First get a clean sheet of paper and a sharp pencil. Then sketch out nine rows of fourteen squares each. Then throw the piece of paper away and find whoever is screaming so you can help them. It is no time to fiddle with paper.”
― Lemony Snicket, Who Could That Be at This Hour? ( )
  C.B.L. | Sep 12, 2016 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316123080, Hardcover)

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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