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A wonderful, nostalgic story for those of us who read them as children. Recommended for the young teens wanting to read something to help with vocabulary, story structure and more mature, considerate writing. Earlier stories are excellent for those just learning to read as well. Wonderful escapist writing, there is honestly no other series that I have come across that is quite like it.
What a horrid series of events for the children. I mean, I know that is the point of this 13 book series but it seems so terribly unfair that they should gain two friends only to lose them immediately. And, there seems to be a bigger mystery about the whole thing. I am sure there will be more clues in book 6.
This is one of my favorites of the series. The hapless Baudelaire orphans are sent to a most unusual boarding school, run by Vice Principal Nero, who true to his name, is a horrible fiddler. As usual, the surroundings (a crab infested shack in lieu of a dorm) are miserable, and so are the people they meet, including the obnoxious Carmelita Spats (the prettiest girl in school) and Coach Genghis, who is Count Olaf in disguise and a truly noxious gym teacher.
One bright spot: The orphans meet the Quagmires, another brother and sister who lost their parents similiarly, and show signs of being allies in future books. With their help, they manage to thwart Count Olaf's scheming, at least until the next book.
Now the Baudelaire orphans welcomed their new friends, Duncan and Isadora! The plot in the book is still boes similar to the preious books, but the adaptation of the new characters cherished the series. I liked the Baudelaires have someone t rely on. Still unfortunate for the orphans, but I liked how it goes in this book.