Lois Lowry, who casts her noble and enviable shadow wide across the landscape of children’s literature, from fantasy to realism, here turns her quick, sly gaze to parody, a word which in this case means “a short novel mocking the conventions of old-fashioned children’s books stuffed with orphans, nannies and long-lost heirs.”
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I just read you aloud to my fourth grade class and it was great fun. While a religiously diverse group of children, a number are Jewish and very excited as it is the first night of Hanukah. They did want to correct the teller of your story, Mr Snicket, now and then (and me as I had a hard time pronouncing “Antiochus”correctly) until they saw what was what. Given the significance of the ax in another familiar story, that picture packed a wallop. I think most of all they enjoyed playing your part and screaming as loud as they could every time you did!
after playing a dirge on his accordian announced at his latest reading that the subtext of all of his books consists of as yet undeconstructed yearnings on the part of all.
“I’m wondering if other YA authors will follow in Rowling’s footsteps. Will Daniel Handler declare Klaus Baudelaire a BDSM enthusiast?” writes Edward Champion in Are You Sitting Down? More Importantly, Are You Prepared to Yawn?