Book Trailer: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

What happens when you put a dark and twisty author like Lemony Snicket and a talented illustrator like Jon Klassen together?

This:

Me want.

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Mini Book Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 1-3) by Lemony Snicket

 

‘Dear Reader,

If you have not encountered the Baudelaire orphans and their unhappy tale before, I am not sure you should be reading a volume which contains not one but three tales of misery and woe. From the very first page, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, three charming and quick-witted youngsters, are pursued by bad luck and horrible experiences. Even the brief moments of happiness in their lives swiftly dissolve into misfortune.

The very book you are holding includes within it’s depressing pages a greedy and impolite villain, cold porridge for breakfast, a deadly serpent, a trip to Peru, hungry leeches and a doll named Pretty Penny.

I have pledged to bring these tragic tales to the public, but you are free to put this book down at once, and look for something more cheerful, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket.’

This is a fantastically unique series for younger readers. Snicket actually becomes like a character himself, as he narrates the unhappy tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny – possibly three of the most unstereotypical YA characters you will ever read – as though talking directly to the reader. Continue reading

Cover Corner: Brett Helquist

Cover Corner is a new area of the blog dedicated to the artists and designers behind those book covers we love. The ones that make us impulsively pick up and take a chance on a book we nothing about just because the cover promises something as fantastic inside as out. I’m always being seduced by book covers and I’ll admit I’m guilty of buying a book purely because I like the design of it.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Words cannot express how much I adore the book covers and internal illustrations that accompany these wonderful books!

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 13 part book series so I’m only going to post my 2 absolute favourite covers up and a sample of the internal illustrations for you guys to check out – but they all deserve a look so make sure you head over to the amazingly talented Brett Helquist’s website to see the rest!

This particular hardcover collection was published by HarperCollins Children’s Books from 1999 onwards.

It’s pretty rare to see slightly older children’s books with such high quality illustrations (or any illustrations at all) but these really stand out from the crowd. The illustrations fit the tone of the books perfectly. There is a strong 19th Century, Edward Gory vibe going on and the stories themselves are written with such a fantastic dark humour that makes these books a great read for adults and children alike. Continue reading