The Miserable Mill

The Miserable Mill

By Lemony Snicket; Brett Helquist (Illustrator); Snickett

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780064407694, 208pp.

Publication Date: December 2008

From the back cover: Dear Reader, I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket.

About the Author
LEMONY SNICKET is a broken man, wracked with misery and despair as a result of writing the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 39 languages. He is known to communicate through his dashing emissary, Daniel Handler, whose most recent novel, "Why We Broke Up", was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and received starred reviews from six major publications. Visit him at

SETH has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author and artist, whose works include "Palookaville, Clyde Fans", and "The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists".

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.