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February 28, 2003 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-28

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object was too heavy for one of them
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stories with happy endings, you
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Seven-year-old Lily Morrison of
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warning. "I love these books," she
said. "They are funny and serious at
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Classmate and friend Hannah
Korelitz, 7, of Huntington Woods,
agrees. "I like how the author makes
the words sound so good in the
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Aaron Hovey, 9, a fourth-grader
from West Bloomfield, just finished
The Hostile Hospital, the eighth book
in the series. "I love these books," he
says. "I like Violet best because she is
really intelligent."
West Bloomfield resident Eli
Brand, 8, has read all nine books so
far. "I read them before I go to bed,"
he says. "I really like Count Olaf. In
one story he dressed up as a pirate
with a wooden leg and Sunny [of the
four very sharp teeth] bit his leg and
it broke." Brand is eagerly awaiting
the final four books in the series.
As the Jewish News was unable to

catch up with elusive Mr. Snicket in
person, his representative, Daniel
Handler, also the author of two books
for adults, The Basic Eight and Watch
Your Mouth, has kindly stepped up to
the plate to answer some questions:
JN: Why are two of your three main
characters named for the major play-
ers in the von Bulow murder trial?
DH: The von Bulow case is a piece
of quasi-mythology, something like a
lie and something like a truth, involv-
ing fate, deceit, death and enormous
amounts of money. It seems like a
natural antecedent.

JN: What do you think of Harry
DH:: I've only read the first Harry
Potter book, and found Mr. Potter to
be brave and articulate in the face of
adversity, traits I am trying to culti-
vate in myself.

JN: What is your response to those
who would ban your books?
DH: Dear, dear, you seem very upset.
Why don't you go home, draw your-
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good cognac and read a book you
enjoy. In fact, why don't we all do

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not so steeped in misery?
DH: The Baudelaire orphans have
quite a few moments of happiness —
these moments do, however, tend to
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