Synopsis: If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.
For the Writer: Emerging from the crop of middle age fiction, this work tops the list as one of the most fun, most imaginative, most atmospherically scenic (think of the movie of the same title; the gothic descriptive passages are the same) with the most distinct characters. The author interjects funny definitions of words he uses in telling the story and satirizes himself (Lemony Snicket) as the teller as well as the world at large. Take the The Anxious Clown Restaurant for example: a restaurant where “everybody has a good time, whether they like it or not,” and “like most restaurants filled with neon lights and balloons, the Anxious Restaurant served terrible food.” Lemony Snicket is the Coupland satirist for middle grade readers. That aside, the book is well worth its read to outfit your swiss army knife with a few more quirky tools.