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.
With all due respect,
Gr 5-8-This amusing fourth entry in Lemony Snicket's wildly popular series (HarperCollins, 2000) offers clever wordplay and intelligent self-referential humor, but suffers from a rather uneven narrator-the author himself. Lacking the melodramatic flair of the series' other sometime narrator Tim Curry, who reads Snicket's mock-Victorian, Edward Goreyesque adventures with demented glee, Snicket sounds more like a dour college student when relaying the unfortunate saga of the Baudelaire children. At times though, Snicket's gentle, understated approach actually enhances the story's more bizarre elements, and he excels at playing the bombastic adult authority figures. The Baudelaire siblings are on their way to the terrible town called Paltryville where they are forced to work in the extremely dangerous Lucky Smells Sawmill owned by a chain smoking tyrant. Many unpleasant events and accidents follow, and of course Count Olaf pops up (in disguise) hatching evil plans. As narrator, Snicket keeps the story moving in a brisk fashion-the tale is never dull. Although the Baudelaire children sound interchangeable, Snicket breaks into a hilarious Officer Friendly type voice when playing the adults. When portraying the narrator character, however, Snicket sounds like he cares about these children; he reads the tale with empathy and concern. Alas, the Lemony Snicket legend that the author has created in print is of a mysterious madman, a sad discredited recluse who dedicates himself to researching the Baudelaire children's history. As a narrator, Snicket sounds too sane, and this clashes with the fabricated narrator's weird mystique. The (uncredited) music by indie rocker Stephen Merritt adds a ghoulish sense of gloom. Libraries serving Snicket obsessed patrons will want this on their shelves, flaws and all.-Brian E. Wilson, Evanston Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This is one of the saddest books in the whole series I think. It's still godd but even sadder than all the others. Imagine having ot work in that terrible mill living on only a piece of chewing gum. Eww.
And don't get me started on Count Olaf! Why doesn't anybody ever notice that he's right there in front of them?
This is still an okay book though.
this book is so unbeleievably good! i read it from stat to finish in a really short space of time because it just drew my attention from the get go! lemony snickets books are phenomenal! and the movie is pretty good to! but not as good as the books as they cram alot until 3 hours--thats why you should read this book! these kida are so cool
This book in the series is about Violet, Klaus and Sunny going to live at a lumbermill, where they have to work to be able to live there, get fedand get paid, but you can't really call it that because they get chewing gum for lunch and get paid with coupons but they don't have any money to use the coupons with. Count Olaf, this time in disguise as a female recptionist, with the help of a hypnotist tries to steal the fortune from the Baudelaire children again, will he succeed. Not likely.
This is the fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
In this tale of woe the Baudelaire children are sent to Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, where they must once again escape the clutches of Count Olaf and his many assistants.
I like this installment in the series, with Violet and Sunny working so hard to save their brother and the image of Sunny in a sword battle armed only with her teeth. There is light among the hardship of their lives.
the baudelaire siblings violet klaus and sunny are shipped off again this time, not to a distant creepy relative, but for some reason to stay at lucky smells lumber mill. things evolve so that they end up working there, and discover a few things (some very strange) about the other workers present
this is the first of the Series of Unfortunate Events books that starts to go slightly down hill. although the charm of lemony snicket and his forever miserable characters and unfortunate situations are still present, it starts to lose some of the omph of the previous 3 books. a bit of a disappointment
In typical Snicket story telling, the Baudelaire trio find themselves in another misfortunate event in this book. The children go to their new house at Lucky Smells Lumbermill, a tall, cement, ugly, gray, smoke stained, no windowed nightmare! As Count Olaf once again tries to get his greasy, grimy hands on the Baudelaire fortune, the children are forced to work hard labor at the lumber mill, like stripping bark from trees, for example. Not a pleasant sight. Tragedy struck when Klaus gets his glasses broken and must go to the doctor. Surprise...he gets hypnotised! Will Violet find a way to free him from his trance? You bet she does, but the details are worth reading.
Another great book in the series of unfortunate events series. Count Olaf is back again in one of his ridiculous disguises but provides an ever-fun distration from the mediorche writing. I love the illustrations in these books, one of the main reasons why I buy them. Recommended.
This is the forth book in the series of unfortunate events. I really like it but it is not as good as the others though. But it is still needed because it is a part of a serious and so if you are planning to read the whole series you can miss this one out because although pretty eventless, people you meet in this book, you will meet again.
this si the fourth book in this awesome series, and in my opinion also the weakest. while still quite exciting, its is lacking in some thing whcih makes it less readable than the others. stil worth a read for fans though, this is still a good book in its own right, jsut not the best or anything, dont expect too much