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Author: Lemony Snicket; Maira Kalman
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From Publishers Weekly: Based on an unlucky number of key words and authored by someone who takes pleasure in unfortunate events, this volume conjures a sense of foreboding. "Word Number 1: Bird" introduces the central character, and the accompanying illustration pictures a royal-blue bird perched on a linen tablecloth, in a yellow-and-pink dining room that might have been painted by Matisse. The bird's eye  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lemony Snicket; Maira Kalman
ISBN: 9780061664656 0061664650 9780061664663 0061664669
OCLC Number: 463306781
Target Audience: Interest age level : Ages All.; Elementary Grade
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Other Titles: Thirteen words
Responsibility: Lemony Snicket ; [illustrated by] Maira Kalman.

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From Publishers Weekly: Based on an unlucky number of key words and authored by someone who takes pleasure in unfortunate events, this volume conjures a sense of foreboding. "Word Number 1: Bird" introduces the central character, and the accompanying illustration pictures a royal-blue bird perched on a linen tablecloth, in a yellow-and-pink dining room that might have been painted by Matisse. The bird's eye droops sadly, whereupon readers turn to "Word Number 2: Despondent" and "Word Number 3: Cake," an item that might alleviate a bird's ennui, at least temporarily. Despite ominous beginnings, the proceedings turn upbeat with the arrival of a chic "Word Number 4: Dog," who concocts witty diversions for the gloomy bird. Kalman's eccentric gouaches elevate the wintry mood; the dog, with his sly grin, resembles Kalman's Max, particularly when he tries on hats at "Word Number 9: Haberdashery." Sprinkled with additional vocab words like "spiffy" and featuring surreal landscapes in ice-cream hues, this word-association game recalls Kalman's solo productions. The conclusion, however, belongs to Snicket, because "the bird, to tell you the truth, is still a little despondent."

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A great book for addition to a library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2011-04-20) Excellent Permalink

What a fun book--as fun to look at as it is fun to read. But what else should you expect from authors Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman?

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