My first picture book, SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY, is reviewed in the New York Times this weekend, by none other than celebrity reviewer Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket of Series of Unfortunate Events fame.
My 10-year-old daughter’s reaction? “Mom! Lemony Snicket READ your book?!”
We’re big Snicket fans at the Messner house. My daughter is constantly reading on our car trips, and frequently calls up from the back seat, “Turn down the radio! You have to hear this part,” and then shares a page or two of classic Snicket snark.
So it wasn’t entirely surprising when Handler’s review of Sea Monster was…well…a little lemony.
But still…the New York Times? Pretty cool stuff.
The fact that Sea Monster’s First Day is my best-selling book and seems to be connecting with its intended audience makes a slightly sour review much easier to take. Who knows? Maybe Ernest the Sea Monster will send Mr. Snicket a thank you note.