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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).
Daniel Handler and Gregory Gallant are teaming up for a new children’s book series that kicks off this fall. That sentence may not mean a lot to you, unless you know that Handler is the real name of Lemony Snicket, the author of the mega-popular, best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events children’s book series, and Gallant is better known as Seth, the Canadian cartoonist who created Wimbledon Green, George Sprott and Palookaville.
Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first book in the “All the Wrong Questions” series, arrives in stores Oct. 23. Here’s a description of the book from its Barnes & Noble listing: “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 began asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not have been published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.”
Publisher Little Brown plans a first printing of a million copies and has set up a teaser site to promote the book.