If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the reappearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
My Rating: 3/5
There was more of a storyline in this book than the previous one. Some aspects of the series are starting to get a little repetitive, like the adult always explaining what a word meant so that the children could understand.
I liked the sense of humour in the book, like when the narrator was explaining to never ever fiddle around in any way with electric devices, there is one whole page filled with the word ever.
Mr Poe annoyed me throughout the book, because he was so clueless and never listened to the children. The children are smarter than the average child and he knows that, so why would he not think to hear them out?
Some things in the book were drawn out, like when the adults were discussing which car they should travel in, the conversation took up about a quarter of the book.
I mainly started to read this series because they were short and I wanted to get ahead on my reading challenge, but I am actually enjoying reading this series and I am interested to see how this story can keep going for thirteen books.