Lemony Snicket

by Susan Henderson on October 11, 2006


My son, Bach-Boy Henderson is a big fan of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, and when I told him he could interview Lemony Snicket, he was determined to get the author to reveal secrets from the thirteenth and final book from the series.

Here are 13 Questions from Bach-Boy, all answered (or evaded) by Lemony Snicket:

1. Which Baudelaire parent survived the fire, or was it both?

I cannot answer this question until the following phrase is added to it: “or was it neither?”

2. How does the sugar bowl store information?

The same way a sugar bowl stores sugar: one simply opens the top.

3. Who are the Baudelaires with now?

I wish I knew, but if I knew I’m not sure I would tell you.

4. Did Beatrice love you as much as you love her?

Love is difficult to measure. Beatrice once told me she loved me with all her heart, but she was shorter than me, so her heart may have been smaller.

5. Will there be a happy ending to the series?

It depends what you mean by “happy.”

6. What’s your favorite book to read?

“The Bears’ Famous Invasion Of Sicily” by Dino Buzzati.

7. Why have you dedicated your life to writing the stories of the Baudelaires’ lives?

If not me, whom?

8. Can you give a clue to where you’re hiding?

“Rotten shark.”

9. What would be the consequences if you’re found?

It depends on who found me, and how far their voice might carry.

10. Is writing the events of the Baudelaires’ lives helping anyone in any way?

It may help the Baudelaires.

11. Could you explain, in summary, what is contained in the Snicket file?

In summary, a great deal of dangerous information.

12. Where is the Baudelaire mansion located? [Country/Province/Town/Street/Number]

The Baudelaire mansion is no longer located anywhere, as it has burned down.

13. Are people now safe from Count Olaf’s treachery?

No one is safe from a person’s, even after his demise. Treachery hangs in the air forever, like a sloth, or the smell of tunafish salad.


Bach-Boy is an elementary student who loves logic puzzles, math olympiads, and playing piano. His favorite authors are Lemony Snicket, Terry Pratchett, Lloyd Alexander, and Terry Deary, author of the HORRIBLE HISTORIES series. He loves music by The Beatles, Ben Folds, Mozart, and Bach. In his spare time, he programs robots, makes stop-animation films, and works on the fortress in his back yard.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Meister October 11, 2006 at 9:51 am

Kudos to Bach-Boy and Lemony Snicket for this wonderful interview! (I’m so proud that I actually know the real life identity of one of these heroes.)


Robin Slick October 11, 2006 at 10:47 am

Oh, what a great interview, and Bach-Boy is one adorable replica of you, Sue.

I’m even tempted to read Lemony Snicket’s books. Sheesh. When my kids were that age, and like you I also read to them every night years after they could read themselves, I was stuck with the Goosebumps series. Bleh. Though it was kind of fun…we made an event of it and usually read by candlelight or flashlight with scary music in the background.


Lori Oliva October 11, 2006 at 11:49 am

Bach-Boy, what a thought provoking interview! Thanks for your questions on the Baudelaire family. Perhaps I’ll read LEMONY SNICKET again!

Good luck with the fortress.



Lori Oliva October 11, 2006 at 11:54 am

Okay, what I meant by read was…A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. I know Lemony Snicket is the author. That’s what I get for posting first thing in the a.m.

Good luck on the fortress.


Myfanwy Collins October 11, 2006 at 11:54 am

Awesome interview! I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Betsy October 11, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Fantastic interview, Bach-Boy!


Jim October 11, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Excellent, Bach-Boy!

I thought Mr. Snicket a tad evasive in some answers, yet there are several hints of his true meaning, methinks!

I so admire your interview approach– direct and aggressive, at the same time appropriately respectful. Well done, lad!


Julie Ann Shapiro October 11, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Great Interview. I saw one of the Lemony Snicket movies on my way to Paris last year. I loved it and kept replaying. I thought the author’s evasiveness was kind of playful, like much of the series.


Mary Akers October 11, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Great interview, Bach-Boy. Thanks for doing this! I like Lloyd Alexander, The Beatles, and logic puzzles, too. Sudoku puzzles are my current favorite, but I like cryptoquotes, too.


Lance Reynald October 11, 2006 at 2:53 pm

great interview!

and with that information I’d expect Bach-Boy to be hot on the trail of the next event.

give some of those metal twist puzzles a shot, they’re the ones I like. Takes but a moment of logic, then you’re on to other projects.



LaurenBaratz-Logsted October 11, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Terrific interview. Another Lloyd Alexander fan here, currently reading The Book of Three to my six-year-old.


Joe October 11, 2006 at 3:12 pm

What a great interview with Lemony Snicket! Bach-Boy very nearly unmasked the scoundrel – I sensed hesitation in some of his answers. Keep digging!


Sarah Roundell October 11, 2006 at 3:53 pm

Well done, Bach Boy! You had some great questions for Mr.Snicket and I imagine he enjoyed answering (or dancing about, rather) your tough questions. I too enjoy the Terry Deary series(we got the audiobooks on Rice Krispies last summer and I thought they were pretty good). Looking forward to(with a hint of sadness) reading the last of the Lemony Snicket books.


Carolyn Burns Bass October 11, 2006 at 5:23 pm

We may have to rename Bach-boy to Lit-boy. Well done, young journalist. Here is what I liked best from the interview:

Treachery hangs in the air forever, like a sloth, or the smell of tunafish salad.

True words on all accounts.


n.l. belardes October 11, 2006 at 5:58 pm

If I were Bach-Boy I would…

1. Not let Lemony Slickhead slither away until he appeared in at least one stop motion film.

2. Asked Slicky if he would accompany on a Bach piece, record it, and exclusively play it on LitPark.

3. Be the first kid to get in a fist-fight interview.

4. Build a robotic Robosapien Slickeny Lemonhead franken thing to terrorize the Henderson household and claim it was all caused from interview inspiration.

5. Become a talk show host and have all kinds of robot props in stop motion skits.


n.l. belardes October 11, 2006 at 6:03 pm

It’s funny how you and I incorporate our kids on our websites. My kids appear in photos, on covers of books, in podcasts…

I figure they will torture me later anyways. Why not shake what we can out of the little devils? I refer to my youngest on Paperback Writer as Dirty Spanglish (His punk band) or The War Days Director (cause he makes short films). I like the Bach-boy name. Very musically geeky cool.

Kids are our future. They rock. You know they love you when they help out in what you do…


mikel k October 11, 2006 at 9:18 pm

That was refreshing…I like the one two punch of it!! Cheers to Bach-Boy and cheers to Lemony Snicket.


Kaethe October 12, 2006 at 12:17 am

Snicket fans everywhere salute you, Bach-boy. I’m a big fan of Pratchett and Alexander (especially the cat tales of either). I’ll have to check out Terry Deary.


Patry October 12, 2006 at 3:48 am

Very cool interview, and I’m impressed with Bach-boy’s musical taste, too.


Susan Henderson October 12, 2006 at 12:11 pm

Ellen – Thank you. B-B and G-H want to know when they can play with your guys again.

Robin – Sorry about Goosebumps but what a fun ritual!

Lori, Myf, Betsy, Jim, Julie, Mary, Lance, Lauren, Joe – Thanks! I’ll pass along the compliments!

Sarah – They’re giving away Terry Deary in Rice Krispies??!

Carolyn – Wait till you hear him play piano! Right now he’s playing with combining Bach’s Toccata in Fugue in D Minor with Let it Be. It’s wild!

n.l. – My kids’ band is The Death Wizards. But right now the band is fighting about creative differences.

Mikel K – Thanks!

Kaethe – Terry Deary writes books on the most gruesome parts of history. It’s a little like Cartoon History of the Universe but only the sick bits – the beheadings, crusades, etc.

Patry – Thanks! Bach-Boy says I forgot to add Queen. That was my boys’ first concert.


Kimberly October 12, 2006 at 1:19 pm

Loved the interview, Bach-boy! Could it have been dubbed “A Series of Unfortunate Answers?” I think you should be allowed “A Series of Unfortunate Follow-ups”, but I fear they might end up the same way…

We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out… YAY!


Terry October 12, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Frabjous interview, Bach-Boy. Though what I really wanted to know was… “how do I get Tim Curry to read the audio version of my books?”

My guess is that I have to be sort of famous for having written books first. But we’ll get to that, won’t we?



Sarah Roundell October 12, 2006 at 7:14 pm

Susan says, “Sarah – They’re giving away Terry Deary in Rice Krispies??!”

Yeah, last summer when I was England we got two cds of Horrible Histories when we bought boxes of Rice Krispies. I made the whole family listen to them while we ate… Bad idea. LOL


Susan Henderson October 13, 2006 at 1:50 am

Kimberly – Hey! Nice to see you here! I just heard the name of the actress who may sign on to your movie. Let me know when I can announce it.

Terry – Thanks for all your help fixing links and things today, oh Webmaster! And I want Tim Curry to read my books, too.

Sarah – Can you even imagine that idea being allowed in America? It would never get through the politically correct hoops. Hope there wasn’t too much cereal dust on your CD’s.


Taeki and NahNah November 22, 2006 at 2:01 am

We have read your interview.We also have seen the inside of your tree fortress. We have read the books (somewhat). Who do you hope to interview next? Elvira Woodruff, J.K.Rowling,or Cornelia Funke would be interesting! You can come over for TACOS any time to discuss literature!


Susan Henderson November 29, 2006 at 3:37 am

Tacos sound good. We’ve been bad about visiting. Maybe January for a probably-not-Pennsylvania Super Bowl?

I like the Elvira Woodruff idea.


katrina fry March 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Are the Baudelaire orphans truely real?


deborah March 10, 2008 at 10:39 am

is lemony snickets dead? where is he hideing? where can i meet him? where can i find a ful-face picture of him? also, i looked for “the betrice letters” at my scool’s library, but unfortunately they don’t have it. so i’m still in search of it.


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