- Paperback: 352 pages
- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Publisher: Egmont (3 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405266155
- ISBN-13: 978-1405266154
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.6 x 18.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a runaway caravan hurtling down a precipitous mountain slope? Fourteen-year-old Violet, the oldest orphan of the three Baudelaires, decides to try to slow the velocity of the caravan with a drag-chute invention involving a viscous combination of blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, maraschino liqueur, peanut butter and so on.
If plummeting to their deaths wasn't scary enough, Violet and her brother Klaus have been separated from Sunny, their baby sister, who is in a car headed in the opposite direction up the mountain with the "facinorous" Count Olaf, his "villainous and stylish" girlfriend Esmé Squalor, and their creepy sidekicks.
Do Violet and Klaus find Sunny on the mountain? How will they survive the treacherous, snow-covered peaks with not much more than a ukulele and a bread knife, especially in the face of the "organised, ill-tempered" snow gnats? Will they finally unearth the mystery of the VFD? Will they find out if one of their parents is alive after all? The suspense!
As ever, the Baudelaires' unfolding tale of woe is sprinkled with Lemony Snicket's ridiculous, hilarious observations such as "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." The 10th book in The Series of Unfortunate Events takes readers through the Mortmain Mountains to the churning waters of the Stricken Stream with all the coexistent horror and silliness a Snicket fan could hope for. (Recommended for ages 9 and above.) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. See all Product Description
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After countless tantalizing hints and suggestions, we finally get some real clues. Without giving anything important away, I can reveal that information is uncovered concerning whether or not both Baudelaire Parents really died in book one's fatal fire (hinted at in the last book); we draw much closer to finding out what the initials V.F.D. mean; we are reacquainted with at least two characters from the early books; and a hitherto missing person makes an astonishing appearance subsequently shedding considerable light on the tragic events blighting the Baudelaire sibling's lives. Furthermore, although you won't be able to read about it (for reasons of privacy), Violet has an unexpected romantic entanglement in a very cold place!
The last book left readers with a cliff-hanger: Sunny had been abducted by Count Olaf and his entourage and was being driven uphill, whilst Violet and Klaus were rolling downhill in an out-of-control carnival caravan. If that sounds bad ... then be warned ... things get much worse! If you enjoy cheerful books about mischievous elves, talking mice, magical spells and soft, fluffy teddy bears, then don't order this book - however, if you like alphabetical pledges, snow gnats, trained eagles, mysterious hidden letters, and find vicarious pleasure in the misfortunes of others (an expression which here means you like laughing at luckless orphans), then this is the book for you.
Finally, the obligatory dedication to Beatrice is the funniest yet!
I am lucky enough to have read the ASOUE books right from the start and I ordered The Slippery Slope from amazon.com, so that is how I am writing this review. I urge all Lemony Snicket readers to not think 'I'll get The Slippery Slope later' because you need to read this now! It also reveals what VFD stands for.
A great book. Once you have read it, try the quiz on lemonysnicket.com (click on books)
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Product was a present so not read, but received undamaged.Published 9 months ago by Peter Jeffrey Dowding
I am spechless of this book how great it is really recomended very dramatic when u get up half way this book really encourags me to read more i am now reading up to 3chapters a day... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter Lonsdale
The Slippery Slope is the tenth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
A classic - bought it to complete my collection from when I was a kidPublished 18 months 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 20 months ago by Simizat, junior literary critic
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