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All the familiar, well-loved elements of a Lemony Snicket adventure are here again, and the action picks up where it left off at the end of Book the Ninth, The Carniverous Carnival. Violet and Klaus, the oldest of the three Baudelaire orphans, are plummeting down a mountainside in an out-of-control caravan, certain to be smashed to smithereens at any second. Travelling up the mountain in a car is their youngest sibling, Sunny, who has been kidnapped by Count Olaf, his girlfriend Esme Squalor, and their scurrilous sidekicks. Olaf, as ever, is evil and mean and never lets up in his desire to snatch the children's inherited fortune. He really is a villain with a one-track mind.
Violet and Sunny set about saving themselves, then their sister, and then navigating through the Mortmain Mountains to stop their nemesis from committing more really bad deeds. The plotline is as tortured, hilarious and annoying as ever--with tangents explored at every turn--but it's so good nobody will really mind. There are tantalising clues that hint at a Baudelaire parent being alive after all, more possibilities about the secret organisation VFD and help from an unexpected ally.
The author is more careful than ever, now that he is down to writing only one bumper book a year, to give fantastic value for money. The gag quotient per page is stunningly high, and consistently good. The Grim Grotto cannot arrive a moment too soon. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay
Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events:
“Wicked Good Fun.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Vivid. Designed to alight on the best-seller lists.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over.” – Publishers Weekly--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A classic - bought it to complete my collection from when I was a kidPublished 1 month ago by Christian
After being parted from Sunny, Violet and Klaus make their way up the Mortmain Mountains in search of Olaf and his evil troupe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simizat, junior literary critic
5* review but amazon won't let you post it unless you write war and peace!!....5 stars says all!Published 8 months ago by Dr. J. TOBIAS