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The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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Publisher Comments:

Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review:

"The story is deliciously mock-Victorian and self-mockingly melodramatic. Helquist's deft pencil drawings and the author's many asides to the reader underscore the droll humor, which many children will relish. Another plum for the orphans' fans." Booklist

Review:

"This fourth book in the series about the Baudelaire orphans works fine as a stand-alone....This is for readers who appreciate this particular type of humor; it exaggerates the sour and makes anyone's real life seem sweet in comparison." School Library Journal

Review:

"The pseudonymous Snicket returns in fine fettle....It remains...irrelevant what gloom and doom actually descends upon these children while Snicket is the omniscient narrator in charge. His marvelous asides and play on words are what enliven these Victorian-style satires. It's unclear how many actual children there are out there who can follow Snicket's verbal swoops, but he's a joy to the literate adult." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

As Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire look out the grimy window of the train taking them to The Lucky Smells Lumber Mill to live, they can't help but wonder what lies ahead. Will misfortune lurk behind every log? Though these children are clever, resilient, and good-looking, everything that could possibly go wrong for them, unfortunately, usually does. In this fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say, the children will encounter a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a ghastly accident, and coupons.

From the tradition of classic tales for children, where terrible things always seem to befall orphans, comes this exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. This latest installment in Lemony Snicket's uproariously unhappy series may just be the worst yet.

About the Author

Lemony Snicket grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans for HarperCollins.

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isaiahmford, August 30, 2013 (view all comments by isaiahmford)
In this book, it tells about the Baudelaire orphans time working in the lumber mill. I think this book was the best book in the Series of Unfortunate Events series. Lemony Snicket is so clever, I think Count Olaf dressing up like a girl was his best idea, it was so funny! These books will always be my favorite series.
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Isaiah, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Isaiah)
This is my favorite book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books! I love this one because its so interesting. I love how he described the town. I also thought it was funny how the boss paid them with bubblegum! This series is my favorite book series.
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pall_junior, December 12, 2006 (view all comments by pall_junior)
One of the best books I have read so far. The layout and the unfortunate events were the best. Hypnotism was, I think, one of Lemony Snicket's best idea.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064407694
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Helquist, Brett
Author:
Helquist, Brett
Author:
Kupperman, Michael
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Series of Unfortunate Events Hardcover
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20000405
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.44x5.20x.82 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 208 pages HarperCollins - English 9780064407694 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The story is deliciously mock-Victorian and self-mockingly melodramatic. Helquist's deft pencil drawings and the author's many asides to the reader underscore the droll humor, which many children will relish. Another plum for the orphans' fans."
"Review" by , "This fourth book in the series about the Baudelaire orphans works fine as a stand-alone....This is for readers who appreciate this particular type of humor; it exaggerates the sour and makes anyone's real life seem sweet in comparison."
"Review" by , "The pseudonymous Snicket returns in fine fettle....It remains...irrelevant what gloom and doom actually descends upon these children while Snicket is the omniscient narrator in charge. His marvelous asides and play on words are what enliven these Victorian-style satires. It's unclear how many actual children there are out there who can follow Snicket's verbal swoops, but he's a joy to the literate adult."
"Synopsis" by , As Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire look out the grimy window of the train taking them to The Lucky Smells Lumber Mill to live, they can't help but wonder what lies ahead. Will misfortune lurk behind every log? Though these children are clever, resilient, and good-looking, everything that could possibly go wrong for them, unfortunately, usually does. In this fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say, the children will encounter a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a ghastly accident, and coupons.

From the tradition of classic tales for children, where terrible things always seem to befall orphans, comes this exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. This latest installment in Lemony Snicket's uproariously unhappy series may just be the worst yet.

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