Author Rosemary Rivera started writing when she was 7 years old, though
some teachers didn't believe her, so they made her "write something"
while they sat and watched. It was actually fun! She tried drawing too,
but that's when she got in trouble. This story is based on that
adventure. It didn't end the same way, though. She's still waiting for
her talk show appearance. In the meantime she writes all sorts of stuff:
articles, op-eds and even animated show ideas with her partner in
crime, Mario. Her favorite pastime; hanging out with her Superboy,
Tyler. Illustrator Mario Menjivar has been drawing since he was a little
dude in a seaside town in Honduras, where he was known as the Boy Who
Wouldn't Talk. Then he started talking and became the Boy With A
Thousand Questions. He wound up in New York where he studied to be an
artist, then got whisked away to Disney's world as an animator. He
worked on all kinds of fun hand-drawn films, including Lion King,
Hercules and Tarzan. He designs, illustrates, teaches at the School of
Visual Arts and plays with his own little dude in NY with his wife, who
lets him do all the drawing. For all their collaborations, this is
Rosemary and Mario's first picture book together.
A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!
"Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." —The New York Times Book Review
Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, "Proceed, but cautiously."