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The day Lemony Snicket fans have been waiting for has arrived with the release today of Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first book in a planned four-part prequel to the wildly popular A Series of Unfortunate Events. As we noted in March, renowned cartoonist Seth is providing the covers and interior illustrations for the series, All the Wrong Questions, an autobiography of sorts that goes back to Snicket’s childhood in a “fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted.”
If you visit the Lemony Snicket website — ignore the request to “Please leave” — you’ll see not only a Seth-drawn background but also an excerpt from Who Could That Be at This Hour? that includes several of his spot illustrations (some of which are included here).
Little, Brown has revealed Seth’s cover for Who Can That Be at This Hour?, the eagerly awaited first book in a new series by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler), whose 13-volume A Series of Unfortunate Events sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.
Seth is also providing the spot illustrations for the four-volume new series All the Wrong Questions, an autobiography of sorts that goes back to Snicket’s childhood in a “fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted.”
As is customary for Lemony Snicket books, the cover unveiling comes with a warning: “I suggest extreme caution … The distribution of this cover image should be on a need-to-know basis, limited to librarians, booksellers, readers, e-readers, educators, journalists, muck-rakers, bloggers, tweeters, men, women, and children.”
Who Can That Be at This Hour? arrives Oct. 21.