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The Beatrice Letters (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  7,033 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews

Top secret—only for readers deeply interested in the Baudelaire case. How I pity these readers.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published September 4th 2006)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
If I were to rate this book on the design alone I would definitely give it 5 stars, but for me the letters didn't do much for me. I would have rather read a book about what the Baudelaire's are up to. I'm happy to have this book though as it's BEAUTIFUL.
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing
The end is near. Followers of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” know that the thirteenth, and last, book of the series, titled “The End”, is out on the thirteenth day of the tenth month on the fifth day of the week. A confusing phrase which here means: Friday, October 13th, 2006.

Lovers of the series have devoured each book and Lemony Snicket, the series’ elusive author, has earned himself quite a following. A phrase which here means a LOT of happy readers who like to devour every word the author
Aug 10, 2009 Christian rated it it was amazing
My Dearest Darling,

I received all two hundred pages of your book explaining why you cannot marry me, and I gave the carrier pigeons as much seed as they could eat, and I brushed their feathers with my trembling fingers, and bathed their beaks in my tears. I had to read the book three and a half times before I could write to you.

...I will love you if you don’t marry me. I will love you if you marry someone else, and I will love you if you have a child, and I will love you if you have two children
Jun 08, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Can we just talk about all the feelings I have after reading this book? Seriously. My favorite part of the ASOUE series was Lemony Snicket's relationship with Beatrice. Actually, while I was reading the series, I wished there was a book that put more emphasis on their story, and this book does exactly that. It's incredibly heartbreaking reading Snicket's letters to Beatrice. I don't even want to get into his letter proclaiming his love for her, because I was in chills and near tears the whole ...more
Richard Denney
Dec 03, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it
It was nice sort of revisiting the world of ASOUE but now I have many more questions. I think a new series with Beatrice would be an awesome addition to this world. :-)

With all due respect,

Richard Denney
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If you've been following Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, then you've undoubtedly read of Beatrice Baudelaire. Who she is, exactly, is a mystery. And although this book is entitled THE BEATRICE LETTERS, don't think that you'll finally learn who Beatrice is. You won't. In fact, there's not a whole lot you'll learn about anything or anyone having to do with the series.

Don't get me wrong. THE BEATRICE LETTERS is fun. It's gorgeously packaged. It c
Julie S.
Jan 05, 2012 Julie S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012, funny
Spoilers for this book and The End I would recommend reading this book after reading all of the other ones first.

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Oct 08, 2011 Becca added it
In conjunction with A Series of Unfortunate Events, this is a book which reminds us that kids aren't as dumb as we often blame them to be. Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) is one of the few authors who has created a no-nonsense children's series with plenty of delightful nonsense. The Baudelaires are what children protagonists should act like: reasonable, noble, intelligent. This book hints at a story that is much bigger than any of us realize in our daily reading, writing, and secret ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
I still have no answers. What the BLEEP was the point of that??
There's more than one Beatrice?? She's a Baudelaire?? I'm so confused! And the Beatrice letters... they spell out Beatrice Sank but.. who the BLEEP was she in the first place? Or I guess who were they, technically.
Did anybody else understand this more than I did? Message me with some answers pleeease because I'm just confused. :(
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Picked up a copy of this at the antique store a block away over the weekend -- they had it on their $2 cheapo table and I got it for FREEEEEEE. Connections ftw :) Still need to read the original series. Then again, maybe I'll just watch the Netflix series ;)
Apr 17, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
"I never want to be apart from you again, Beatrice, except in the restroom, at work, and when one of us is at a movie that the other does not want to see."

This mysterious collection of letters (both post and alphabet) doesn't do much to clarify Beatrice, but it's classic Snicket. Includes the most epic love letter ever on a double fold-out page; I read parts of it as a reading at a friend's wedding.

"I will love you until the bird hates a nest and the worm hates an apple, and until the apple ha
Feb 02, 2011 Iris rated it liked it
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Mar 31, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: vfd

"In spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody."
- Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays

As a fan of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, I like to seek out other related works by Lemony Snicket in order to get the whole picture.
First off, this book is inteded for a younger audience as there is an interactive element to it. An element that you may not get to take part in if you've borrowed your copy from the libra
Bridgette Redman
Feb 08, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it
I suppose that when an author has sold millions of books in a very short amount of time, it becomes possible for him to convince a publisher to produce a most unconventional book. It’s certainly what Daniel Handler, pardon me—Lemony Snicket, has done with the Beatrice Letters.

Perhaps “book” isn’t the correct word. It’s far closer to a puzzle or a bookshelf game than a mere book of black and white pages.

Released on Sept. 6, 2006, the Beatrice Letters are said to contain clues to the Oct. 13th r
May 14, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing

If you have read all thirteen of The Series of Unfortunate Events and Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography, then I would highly recommend you read The Beatrice Letters, which is also by Lemony Snicket. All these books are full of adventure and are dearly loved by people all around the world. The Beatrice Letters is a series of letters that was a conversation between Lemony Snicket and Beatrice Baudelaire. The Beatrice Letters reveals a lot of information that is usually asked by the reade
Megan Pegasus
Sep 28, 2012 Megan Pegasus rated it really liked it
If you like "interactive" books that make you think and you have read A Series of Unfortunate Events, then I would say definitely check this out.

I loved how as you read the series, you get more and more clues as to who this mysterious Beatrice woman is who Lemony Snicket dedicates all of his books to. Of course, when I saw The Beatrice Letters sitting on a shelf in Borders, I had to buy it.

Inside, it's not like a normal book. It has two different file holders, one for letters and one for lette
Theresa Flores
Jan 11, 2013 Theresa Flores rated it it was amazing
Finally completed my collection!

A great add to my collection. Still didn't contain real answers to the many questions that was left in my mind when the series ended, nonetheless it was a great read. Like Lemony Snicket's The Unauthorized Autobiography, The Beatrice Letters may leave you scouring for clues, wanting to get into solving the huge mystery enveloping the Baudelaire children.

I love how the book had a Lemony Snicket feel to it. I love how it wasn't an ordinary book. When you open it, t
Jul 05, 2010 Meghan rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book is invaluable to anyone who has read the entire Series of Unfortunate Events.


It is important to note that the Beatrice Lemony Snicket is writing to is the Baudelaires' mother, whereas the Beatrice who is writing to him is Kit Snicket's child.

There is also a poster contained in this collection on letters, which I believe is meant to imply that the Baudelaires have died.

Ah well. 'Twas The End after all.
Dec 25, 2014 Madi rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own
Want to know how I feel about this book? I want to go outside, throw it in the street, then go run it over with my dad's work truck. That's how I feel. You know the cliffhanger at the end of "The End"? Well, this just makes it a thousand times worse. It really made the whole series a waste of time.
I'd give it no stars if I could.
Apr 17, 2009 Noah rated it really liked it
I loved this book for the simple reason that it never revealed the whole truth at any give time, which left you to ponder yourself, the answers to the many unanswered questions raised throughout the story.

I also loved the pop-out letters which could spell many different words referred to in the book, which helped to further the themes of mystery and the search for the truth.
Claire Schiavone
Aug 19, 2009 Claire Schiavone rated it liked it

Top secret only for readers deeply interested in the Baudelaire case. How I pity these readers.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket
interestin so far
Mar 18, 2010 Drebbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006
I read "The Beatrice Letters" twice - I read it before "The End" the last book in Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Series of Events and I read it again after reading "The End". I enjoyed the word play in the book the first time I read it, especially in the letter where Snicket tell Beatrice how long he will love her. Snicket also has great fun with the word "letter" as in letters of the alphabet and letters you write, often mixing the two until the reader is thoroughly confused. There are tons of ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: me
This wasn't quite as interesting a read as the Unauthorized Autobiography was. It was a lot of the most vague hints possible and not much substance. It was interesting to realize the twist regarding the Beatrice(s) mentioned in the letters, and it was kind of a fun supplemental volume, but it didn't do a whole lot by way of answering questions or fleshing out the mysteries more. Still, I kind of feel like there might be a little more under the surface, like reading about all these codes and ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: lemony-snicket
This is a book of letters.
Six it Beatrice to Lemony Snicket, six the other way around, and the thirteenth was from Lemony to the editor.
I didn't think this book had much of a plot to it but it gave a huge clue to the Baudelaire case!
This is a quick read with humorous sentences. While reading make sure you remember characters from the series because Lemony and Beatrice refer to them with only the first letter of their name. (Olaf is O. for instance)
There is also a huge map/poster with the book an
Jan 10, 2010 Ginger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This is the second of the "supplementary materials" that have been published alongside the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and is meant to be read towards the very end of the series. It's a collection of letters between the character of the author and his forever lost love. This storyline started as a kind of funny set piece to enhance the mood of the story, but then the character of "Lemony Snicket the author" became much more important to the overall series. The highlight is a 6 page love ...more
Maddi Gogoll
Dec 20, 2013 Maddi Gogoll rated it it was amazing
It amuses me how so many people seem to believed that when they read this book, they would get all the answers to the questions they ask. Because truthfully, is that what we want? The whole point of the Lemony Snicket Series is to create not just three beloved characters, but to create and an entire fictional world where one can immerse ones self in. This world is full of unanswered questions and that's half the fun of it, going through page after page trying to find details and answers to ...more
Nov 22, 2012 D.M. rated it liked it
This is a collection of letters from Lemony Snicket to the first (that we know of) Beatrice Baudelaire as he pursues her affection, and from the second (that we know of) Beatrice Baudelaire as she pursues Snicket and attempts to reunite with her adopted siblings/parents.
The pages are made as full-colour reproductions of correspondence, with occasional inserts, as well as punch-out letters to work out an anagram on an included poster.
The letters are entertaining, and give just a little bit more s
Jan 28, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it

I hadn't read any Lemony Snicket before, and I was really impressed by this book. The art design is super-cool, thick covers containing a mini-file folder with a book and a poster inside. (You can later punch out letters from the book pages and tuck those in the file folder as well.) The book itself is kinda like those griffin and sabine books from the nineties, except the writing is actually good. For example: "I will love you as the iceberg loves the ship, and the passengers love the lifeboat,
May 20, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it
This book is SO cool. I have only read a couple of the Unfortunate Events books, but I read this with my daughter, a huge fan of them, and even though I didn't understand a lot of things because I don't know the stories, I still appreciated how cool this book is. Clever, fun, mysterious, funny, and touching all at once. There is a passage in a love letter here that I found genuinely lovely and moving. In fact, it was at least a year ago that we read this, and that passage is still the first ...more
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” 2613 likes
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