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I thought that this book was great because it was unlike many of the other books of this series. This has loads of mysteries like the couplet mystery (you'll find out if you read) and also like in the other books you can almost take part in the mystery. However AGAIN you do not find out what V.F.D means!! Which is probably what lemony snicket was aiming for but it is a bit annoying. Overall I think that this is a great book that you should definitely read but obviously start from the beginning of the series! Hope that helped.
I really enjoyed this book and I was blown away by the imagination put into it My favourite character would be Sunny since I found her what-not entertaining I would say that young readers with a vivid imagination should read this, keeping in mind that this is an adventure story not a true one If I ever wrote a book, all my ideas would come from this very book. The other books in the series have been reviewed by me.
My 8 year old and I are enjoying this series. They are dark but in an amusing way. It's hard to say why they are appealing but they are. The three children are resourceful and with ingenuity figure out how to escape the evil Count Olaf on their own. A few of the grown ups are well meaning and kind but they are mostly ineffectual, inefficient and useless. I guess what we like is the fact that the kids are clever and solve their problems with little help from grown ups. They may try some tactic that doesn't work so they try something else. Each child has their own speciality and different situations call for different tactics. They work well as a team, sharing the hardships and responsibilities.
The author does some interesting things like using big words and stopping to give the definition. Sometimes the definition is slightly skewed toward fitting the story and even that makes it amusing.
Having exhausted all the relatives the Beaudelaire orphans have, and being quite out of original ideas if what to do with them, Mr. Poe decides that it would be best for Sunny, Klaus and Violet if he lets a village raise the children. For the Baudelaire orphans, its "out of the frying pan, into the fire." While in the village, the Baudelaires discover more clues about VFD (perhaps discovering its meaning?), and are close on the trail of the Quagmire triplets (twins?).
After 7 books, it seems Snicket is getting a bit formulaic: the orphans get a fresh start, there is new hope (albeit in uncomfortable situations), Count Olaf shows up, and the orphans narrowly escape. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book. As Snicket fans would expect, the book is full of his clever writing, witty remarks about adults (and their seemingly bizarre behaviour), and literary allusions. This, more than the story itself, kept me engaged. However, I hope some new plot device can be found to keep readers involved in the series - it IS morbid fun.
These stories are so great, love how he teaches kids new vocabulary, and new concepts, or phrases, and does it in a really entertaining way. Glad to see the Quagmire triplets back, and excited to see where things go this time.