The Bookslut just helped me pick out part of my stepdaughter’s birthday gift: a new Lemony Snicket book. Ms. Crispin also links to an interview with the author, Daniel Handler. And here’s an old Fresh Air interview.
Obligatory parental testimonial: Mr. Maud and I gave A four of the books at Christmas last year. She read them in two days. Since then, she’s gone through the series a couple of times. (She’s turning ten at the end of October.)