The Beatrice Letters is a companion piece to A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was published in 2006 by HarperCollins. This book is by no means a necessary or mandatory read; it is merely a supplemental one.
Warning: WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. Do NOT read if you do not want to know who Beatrice is before the last book.
Genre: Children’s, Mystery
Letters from Lemony Snicket to Beatrice, and from Beatrice to Lemony.
“I will love you as a dagger loves a certain person’s back, and as a certain person loves to wear daggerproof tunics, and as a daggerproof tunic loves to go to a certain dry cleaning facility, and how a certain employee of a dry cleaning facility loves to stay up late with a pair of binoculars, watching a dagger factory for hours in the hopes of catching a burglar, and as a burglar loves sneaking up behind people with binoculars, suddenly realizing that she has left her dagger at home.”
~Snicket, from LS to BB #5
Recommended Age Range: 10+
What I Liked:
So, this is it. We finally know who Beatrice is. Or do we?
The Beatrice Letters is a series of communication from LS to BB, and from BB to LS. The LS’s are the same; the BB’s are only the same in name. The LS to BB letters take place before the BB to LS letters, before the events of ASOUE. The BB to LS letters take place ten years after the last book in the series.
We learn right away that the BB in the BB to LS letters is Beatrice Baudelaire, and she is desperately looking for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Who is this Beatrice Baudelaire? How is she related to the other three Baudelaires? Well…that’s something you’ll have to find out in The End.
We learn at the very end of The Beatrice Letters that the BB in the LS to BB letters is also Beatrice Baudelaire—the Baudelaire’s mother! Yes, that’s right…the mysterious Beatrice referred to throughout the entire series is the Baudelaire’s mother (we find this out for sure in The End; here, we can really only presume she is a relative).
That’s really all that’s in this book. There are also some letters that, when unscrambled, spell out both “A Snicket Brae” (referring to the content of the letters in the book) and “Beatrice Sank.” We’ll find out more about the latter in The End.
Also, remember all that time back in The Hostile Hospital when I told you that Snicket had revealed who Beatrice was? When Klaus and Sunny are searching for Violet in the patient list, one of the names is Carrie E. Abelabudite, which, when unscrambled, is Beatrice Baudelaire.
What I Didn’t Like:
People/Places/Things to Keep in Mind:
–not really anything important for the last book, but see if you can tell who the people are that Snicket refers to by their first initial.
The Beatrice Letters finally resolves the intriguing mystery of the identity of the woman Lemony Snicket loves. It also introduces a new mystery: who is the second Beatrice Baudelaire? It’s worth reading just for the letters alone, but it by no means needs to be read before The End. In fact, it might actually be better to read it after.
Coming Up Next: The End