"Shouldn't You Be in School?" (All the Wrong Questions) Hardcover – 8 Oct 2014
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"There's no stopping Snicket!"-- "Booklist"
"There's no stopping Snicket!" ""Booklist""
Praise for All the Wrong Questions: "A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator." ""Los Angeles Times"""
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues." ""The Boston Globe"""
"The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet." ""The Washington Post"""
"There's no stopping Snicket!" ""Booklist"""
* "Will thrill fans of the author's earlier works and have even reluctant readers turning pages with the fervor of seasoned bookworms. A must-have." ""School Library Journal ("starred review)""
* "Full of Snicket's trademark droll humor and maddeningly open-ended, this will have readers clamoring for volume two." ""Publishers Weekly ("starred review)""
* "[With] gothic wackiness, linguistic play and literary allusions....Fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events will be in heaven picking out tidbit references to the tridecalogy, but readers who've yet to delve into that well of sadness will have no problem enjoying this weird and witty yarn." ""Kirkus Reviews ("starred review)""
* "Full of Snicket's characteristic wit and word play . . . this book belongs in all collections." ""VOYA ("starred review)""
"This series carries the same sarcastic charm of the "Unfortunate Events" books and will have young readers chuckling out loud...Fans of Snicket's previous outings will devour the latest entry." ""School Library Journal"""
"Appealingly quirky descriptions and Snicket's compulsive definitions contribute humor, and savvy readers will enjoy puzzling out references to classic works of fiction." ""VOYA"""
"Linguistic play and literary allusions abound in this smart, slyly humorous noir thriller. Fans will be over the moon, a phrase that here means exceedingly pleased." ""Kirkus Reviews"""
'Charming, clever and enormously enjoyable.' (The Guardian)
'Wonderfully eccentric and addictive ... Just beautiful writing.' (The Observer)
'Better than ever.' (The Independent)
'A dazzlingly clever, funny and literary concoction.' (The Irish Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lemony Snicket and Daniel Handler both do not disappoint, as usual. So many things start to make sense in this book, and a lot of questions are answered, albeit not the right ones. I loved this book because it had a more darker feel to it. Snicket seemed more serious (yes, that is possible), the tonality of the story had a more somber, grave feel to it. The town seemed even more grim than usual, and even Snicket had reached a point where he thought if it was worth fighting for anymore. It was very interesting for me to see an earnest, sober side to Theodora, who up until then was an unimportant figure for me. She breezed in and out of scenes and I could not take her seriously, she simply managed to add humor to an otherwise humorless book. Until now that is.
It shows the gravity of the situation to have Theodora tell Snicket to let things be and go home. The evil of Hangfire is reaching new depths with each new installment to the series, that you can't figure out who's who anymore? Who's good? Who's joined the dark side? Ellington is on top of that list...I can't figure her out. I can't put my finger on it, but there's something off about her. I liked the scene with her and Snicket, and a glimpse into what could've been a possible romance budding.
But I also really like Moxie, and enjoy her interactions with Snicket, and his seemingly unintentional disregard to her feelings.Read more ›
This time around someone is setting fires, truant officers of the dodgy variety are kidnapping kids and taking them to a new school which isn't exactly what it seems. Someone's being framed for the murders...but why?
I love the wit and sarcasm of the book so much, but once again I'm never sure if what's going on is really correct, the plot changes so much and half the time I'm not sure whether or not Lemony is pulling my leg. This is the book we FINALLY found out the meaning of VFD.
I find these books so original because of the writing style, unless you read ASOUE you won't read anything like it anywhere else. It's a particular brand of humour and it's one that has me cracking up. This time round I'm rooting for Lemony because I know he can handle himself whereas with the kids from ASOUE I always felt sorry for them and just....so much pity really. I should also mention that Count Olaf gets a mention, and Josephine makes an appearance. I fangirled.
This is also the book, it has to be said, where we finally start to get some answers. Or do we? Muahahahaa. As suspected, some characters aren't who they seem, my loathing for a particular character shot up ten fold and I really rather wanted to throttle Lemony's boss.
All in all this book is driving us towards the finale, and I'm excited to finally have all the pieces of the puzzle and work out what's going on!
The first half of the book is completely boring; slow and a bit naff really. Although the latter half of the book becomes incredibly dark for a Snicket book. Violence, betrayal and desperation all play important themes, and yet the storyline has a sub-plot feel to it rather than playing an important part in the four book series.
I've often wondered if Lemony Snicket has many child readers, or whether it is a children's series aimed at adults? His poetic and sharp prose flow like a rollercoaster, mixing first, second and third person perspectives for no apparent reason.
Sadly this series hasn't lived up to what I had hoped it would.
A thrilling novel that I couldn’t put down. It was very dramatic, full of surprises and shocks and it kept me interested indeed; I highly recommend it and am very excited for the next one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great series of books. All of which tie into some of the references from his other books like a Series Of Unfortunate Events (which is also a damn good series) Lemony Snicket is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica Hopkins
LEMONY SNICKET IS BACK!
IF YOU LIKED 'AN UNFORTUNATE SERIES OF EVENTS, YOU'LL LOVE THIS
Amazing book gives detail into what has happened in Snicket's life before documenting the Baudelaire very forlorn dismayfull story good next chapter from when did you last see herPublished 9 months ago by eloise
As a ASOUE fan, I am really enjoying this series! The usual witty writing you'd expect from Mr. Snicket in beautifully-presented volumes.Published 9 months ago by Harley