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Pogo
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posted 07 December 2002 09:54 PM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anyone else had to read Lemony Snicket books with their kids? My daughters love them and apparently they are best sellers. However, they suck big time. Reading time is just painful.

Guess I am just venting, but I was hoping for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.


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Michelle
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posted 07 December 2002 09:55 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, they blow. I read one of them. Kids love 'em and parents hate 'em. Luckily my son isn't old enough for them yet. I plan to raise him on Judy Blume, Beverley Cleary, and The Great Brain!
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Flowers By Irene
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posted 07 December 2002 10:09 PM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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If I were you, I would immediately turn your computer off rather than view any of the dreadful images, read any of the wretched information, play any of the unnerving games or examine the unpleasant books presented within this website

Lemony Snicket

Like a car wreck eh?


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jeff house
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posted 07 December 2002 10:10 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have read all nine aloud, and find them generally quite fun.

My son likes them a lot, because the idea of three siblings whose life is one unending misery
appeals to him.

Most of the other stuff he reads is filled with happy endings and wise adults, while this series has stupid adults and disaster everywhere.

In one of the books, they are sent away to school.
The motto written over the gateway the campus is: "Remember You Will Die".


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Pogo
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posted 08 December 2002 01:43 AM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There is that point. They are a break from the usual morality play of good triumphing over evil, although I was hoping Alice in Wonderland would serve this purpose (Martin Gardner version of course). I guess they are kind of like Barney in that they make no attempt whatsoever to entertain the adults that are stuck along for the ride, which makes it even more appealing for the kids.
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Flowers By Irene
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posted 08 December 2002 02:01 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's been buggin me for a bit now, and then I remembered - Gorey. I had the Gashlycrumb Tinies on a poster when I was ten.
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