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13 Words

By (author) Lemony Snicket , Illustrated by Maira Kalman

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From bestselling author Lemony Snicket and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman comes an uproarious, whimsical word book like no other. Together, Snicket and Kalman present a strikingly beautiful journey woven from a practical introduction to thirteen wonderful words, featuring such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache, and Haberdashery. Snicket, the notoriously clever and elusive New York Times bestselling author, pushes the boundaries of storytelling in the most fanciful of ways. Maira Kalman, renowned for her art and design, carries this madcap adventure to wondrous heights with her vision of a world populated with hats, song, and cake. This rollicking, surprising book is a true celebration of words.

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  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 223.52 x 276.86 x 10.16mm | 385.55g
  • 15 Oct 2010
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 0061664650
  • 9780061664656
  • 71,035

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Author Information

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead. Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator of numerous books for adults and children. She is a contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Times. Born in Tel Aviv, she lives in New York City.

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"a winsome story of friendship--proceeds thus, with a Snicketian 13 words in all. Snicket and Kalman are perfectly matched here, both revelers in life's delicious details and things best left unexplained. This charming chef-d'oeuvre sings like a mezzo-soprano. " -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A book that pushes boundaries and demands such active participation on the part of both readers and listeners to connect language and images (and Kalman's quirky artwork is a perfect fit, littered with fun details) is to be commended." -- ALA Booklist

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Back cover copy

13 Words: 1. Bird2. Despondent3. Cake4. Dog5. Busy6. Convertible7. Goat8. Hat9. Haberdashery10. Scarlet11. Baby12. Panache13. Mezzo-Soprano

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