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Series of Unfortunate Events #02: The Reptile Room

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Publisher Comments:

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Ages 10+

Review:

"The author uses formal, Latinate language and intrusive commentary to hilarious effect, even for readers unfamiliar with the literary conventions he parodies. The peril in which he places the Baudelaires may be frightening (Count Olaf actually follows through on his threats of violence on several occasions), but the author paints the satire with such broad strokes that most readers will view it from a safe distance. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over: readers eager for more misfortune can turn to The Reptile Room, for an even more suspenseful tale. Exquisitely detailed drawings of Gothic gargoyles and mischievous eyes echo the contents of this elegantly designed hardcover." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Related by a (per)snickety narrator, the books' unbelievable plot turns and one-dimensional characters parody bygone dime novels, but stylistic flourishes keep the stories entertaining." Horn Book

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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Cathy, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by Cathy)
I found this book to be a very entertaining and exciting read for all ages. Each book contains information about the previouse book and the following book in a way that keeps the readers attention from the first word until the last. The author uses a unique writing style that makes you want to read more and more! I also saw this book to be somewhat origional which is difficult to find today. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064407670
Illustrated by:
Snicket, Lemony
Author:
Helquist, Brett
Author:
Kupperman, Michael
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Author:
Brett
Author:
Helquist,
Author:
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Orphans
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:
02
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.36x5.24x.79 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 208 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780064407670 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The author uses formal, Latinate language and intrusive commentary to hilarious effect, even for readers unfamiliar with the literary conventions he parodies. The peril in which he places the Baudelaires may be frightening (Count Olaf actually follows through on his threats of violence on several occasions), but the author paints the satire with such broad strokes that most readers will view it from a safe distance. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over: readers eager for more misfortune can turn to The Reptile Room, for an even more suspenseful tale. Exquisitely detailed drawings of Gothic gargoyles and mischievous eyes echo the contents of this elegantly designed hardcover."
"Review" by , "Related by a (per)snickety narrator, the books' unbelievable plot turns and one-dimensional characters parody bygone dime novels, but stylistic flourishes keep the stories entertaining."
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