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Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
The Grim Grotto

Series of Unfortunate Events
Review the other books in A Series of Unfortunate Events!

Visit RIF's webpage dedicated to Lemony Snicket!

 

Lemony Snicket - part 2 - Author

This is RIF's Interview the Second with A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket. Readers of Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography will have a leg up on this Q&A.

Interview

RIF: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I didn't realize this was a sad occasion.

Our first question: Although your origin is shaded in mystery, your readers do know that you were born at Valorous Farms Dairy and that you also became friends with the cheesemakers who lived on the premises. RIF has programs all across the US and quite a few cheesemaker friends in Wisconsin. Were you born any where near Wisconsin? What can you tell us about your childhood on the farm and the first book you recall getting?

Lemony Snicket: All one needs to make cheese is a milk-producing animal and a damp room - circumstances which are hardly limited to the state of Wisconsin.  The dairy in which I spent a portion of my childhood was located near a muddy field, if that helps you picture things.  One thing I was careful not to drop in the mud was my prized copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, one of the first books I could read by myself.

RIF: RIF ‘s mission helps children start their first libraries at home. Do you have a library in your home? What do you think of us encouraging our RIF volunteers to hang a sign in their libraries that reads “The World Is at your Fingertips at the Library! Please Be Quiet Here.” What would a sign like that be made of, maybe emerald wood?

LS: The libraries of the world contain enough crucial and interesting secrets without adding any to their signage.  As I live much of my life away from home, I consider any library I encounter to be "mine" in the sense that I am usually welcomed as long as my hands are clean.

RIF: Our RIF volunteers give away free books for ownership to children at something we call Very Fun Distributions. All RIF children not only get to choose a free book to keep but also participate in Various Fantastic Duties or motivational activities. What kind of activities do you think would motivate a child to read?

LS: It seems to me that people abandon reading when there are too many activities rather than too few.  If sitting in a comfortable, quiet place with books in easy reach counts as an activity, then I am one of the most active people I know.

RIF: When I told my friend “Ned H. Rirger” that I would be speaking with you, he had this question for you: Do you purposefully include information like anagrams, and by anagrams, I mean a word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as Al Funcoot, Count Olaf, into your books to throw your readers off the right track?

LS: I would only throw a reader off a track if a train were barreling down it.

RIF: Speaking of Count Olaf, would you say that he is a man who does not need our help, a bad man in good trouble, not vice versa? Does he wish that things had turned out differently? If he wrote an autobiography, would he call it The Most Handsome Man in the World? Would be a good idea to have Count Olaf to a dramatic reading from his favorite book at one of our Distributions? Any chance of a Lemony Snicket reading?

LS: I would prefer not to speak of Count Olaf at all, even if he, like all of us, wishes things had turned out differently.  Normally I would be happy to appear at one of your organization's functions, but if you haven't the sense to know  whether or not inviting a villain to participate is "a good idea," I think I'd best stay home and hide under the bed.

RIF: With all due respect, thank you so much for the interview.

LS: You are more or less welcome.

Lemony Snicket photo by Meredith Heuer

 

Learn more about each of these authors and illustrators:
 

 
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Allen Say

 
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Arthur Dorros

 
  Illustrator

Ashley Bryan

 
  Author

Barbara Park

 
  Illustrator

Beverly Cleary

 
  illustrator

Bryan Collier

 
  Author

Candace Fleming

 
 

Carmen Rubin

 
  illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg

 
  Author

Cornelia Funke

 
  Author

Dav Pilkey

 
  illustrator

David Kirk

 
  Author

Eoin Colfer

 
  Illustrator

Eric Carle

 
 

Fred Bowen

 
  Author

Gail Carson Levine

 
  Illustrator

Graeme Base

 
  illustrator

Henry Cole

 
  Author

Jack Prelutsky

 
  illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

 
  Author

Jerry Spinelli

 
  Author

Joseph Bruchac

 
  Author

Karen Cushman

 
  Author

Kate DiCamillo

 
  Author

Kathleen Karr

 
 

Laurie Halse Anderson

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket - part 2

 
  illustrator

Lulu Delacre

 
  illustrator

Mark Teague

 
  Author

Mary Pope Osborne

 
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Megan McDonald

 
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Mem Fox

 
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Michelle Y. Green

 
  illustrator

Mo Willems

 
  Author

Nikki Grimes

 
  illustrator

Nina Laden

 
  Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan

 
  Illustrator

Pat Cummings

 
 

R.A. Montgomery

 
  Author

R.L. Stine

 
  Author

R.L. Stine - Part II

 
  illustrator

Rosemary Wells

 
  Author

Sharon Creech

 
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Stan Lee

 
  Illustrator

Tony DiTerlizzi

 
  Author

Wendelin Van Draanen

 
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William Sleator

 
 


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