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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
Rating:***
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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“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 |
At age 13, Lemony Snicket graduates from V.F.D. and is sent on his first mission with his first chaperone. His personal plans are sent awry when instead of staying in the city, S. Theodora Markson whisks Snicket away to Stain'd-By-The-Sea, a mysterious derelict town with strange characters and a mystery that goes deeper than Snicket would have imagined.

Coming into another Lemony Snicket series, I knew that the book would require careful reading to pull apart clues and discover things before they were revealed. However, the readability of the book and the amount of fun it was left me finishing the book out of enjoyment rather than trying to solve the mystery myself. The intended audience--children between 10-13--would love Who Could That Be At This Hour? if they were interested in mysteries like Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, and if they enjoyed cheeky protagonists who like to read and disobey their chaperones. And, as is expected of a Snicket story, the characters are dealing with a bigger mystery than they first realized--and not just concerning the missing black statue Snicket and Markson have been asked to acquire.

Snicket's characters, as always, are vibrant and interesting. They include a comically useless chaperone and a librarian who seems to know more than he's letting on; a young aspiring journalist with more questions than answers; and a mysterious young girl with an agenda. Delightfully, Snicket is mouthy and sarcastic, but smart too and his mistakes are costly but understandable. Snicket's cocksure behavior is balanced by his slowly growing knowledge of how little he knows so that the reader isn't so frustrated that they close the book. And the characters throughout the book, even the ones briefly mentioned, all serve to heighten the noir atmosphere.

If you enjoy detective stories, mysteries, noir, or works by Lemony Snicket and Daniel Handler, you're sure to find something interesting here in Who Could That Be At This Hour? This series will serve as a suspenseful and engaging foray into the mystery genre for new readers, and a fun adventure for older readers who want a quick story for the train ride home. ( )
  Rituleen | Aug 28, 2016 |
Reviewer Deb Nance says this is Nothing but fun." I agree. I wanted something more than wit and puzzles. But then, I'm not the target audience. Also, please note this ends without resolution... maybe not on a cliffhanger, but with the mystery much unsolved. And I don't like mystery stories. The clues never have the same meaning for me as they do for the detective. For example, in this, Feint lies about the statue & the coffee, so what makes Snicket assume she's telling the truth about her father or about Hangfire?" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 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 |
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 |
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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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