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The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9)

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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  66,139 ratings  ·  1,040 reviews
Everybody loves a carnival Who can fail to delight in the colourful people, the unworldly spectacle, the fabulous freaks?

A carnival is a place for good family fun - as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling nint
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 17th 2002)
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Mykle
My daughter and I adored the entire series, but this episode is my favorite. It contains perhaps the funniest of Lemony Snicket's etymological digressions. It marks the point where the larger story begins to evolve, where the traumatized young Baudelaire orphans first turn the tables on their arch-nemesis, Count Olaf. And it's also a point where both the orphans and the story mature, evolving from a good-vs-evil fairy tale of morbid victimhood into a subtle study of moral complexity.

It's a pity
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Deborah Markus
Snicket engages in some serious moral wrangling in this volume, and forces the reader to do the same. At a crucial moment, the Baudelaire orphans meet a woman who wants to be a good, strong person -- but because her motto is "give people what they want," she can always be manipulated by villains, and always tells herself that she must be a good person, because isn't giving people what they want a good thing to do? The simple answer, "Not if they want bad things!" never seems to occur to her.

It o
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Mark Lawrence
The children arrive hidden in the trunk of Count Olaf's car. A new turn of events - they know where Olaf is and it's them who are in disguise.

The good-evil, noble-villain theme expands. The children are the spies. In addition they meet and join the circus 'freaks' who they see put to the test - decent people in a hard place offered difficult choices - will they act like noble people or villains? The circus freaks are a test case, an example, perhaps an illustration of how Olaf's hench-people &am
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Tara
Hard to believe that this guy can continue to think up new and even more unfortunate events for these three poor children, but he never disappoints!

Quotes:

"Eavesdropping...is a valuable thing to do, and it is often an enjoyable thing to do, but it is not a polite thing to do, and like most impolite things, you are bound to get into trouble if you get caught doing it..."

"Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your e
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Amy
The Carnivorous Carnival was okay but this series is starting to drag ridiculously for me, which is why it took me so long to finish this one!

Even though this book did use a different formula to the previous A Series of Unfortunate Events instalments I still thought that the storyline was a little over done.

Count Olaf is supposed to be a very clever man but he still can't seem to capture the Baudelaire children. He also doesn't realise that he is being tricked by the children even though they a
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Catherine
“And sometimes we discuss frightening and troublesome animals that might be nearby, and this topic always leads to much disagreement over which part of a frightening and troublesome beast is the most frightening and troublesome. Some say the teeth of the beast, because teeth are used for eating children, and often their parents, and gnawing on their bones. Some say the claws of the beast, because claws are used for ripping things to shreds. And some say the hair of the beast, because hair can ma ...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 3/5

The hostile hospital is in flames, and Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car. The three children have no idea where they’re headed, but it was absolutely imperative to hide in the trunk with Count Olaf’s various disguises in order to find the truth behind the terrible fire that killed their parents. And so they emerge from the trunk, see that they are at a place called the Caligari Carnival, and must then disgu
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Cate Neuhauser
I don't know why I thought it would be a good reason to reread this series, I mean the things that happen to the Baudelaire children are more than unfortunate, rather they are downright dreadful and nauseating. I had forgotten some of the horrible things that happened to the Baudelaires and it’s almost like I'm reading these books for the first time.
If you recall, the previous novel left Violet, Klaus, and Sunny squished in the back of Count Olaf's car in an attempt to escape the fire Count Ola
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Ana Mardoll
A Series of Unfortunate Events 9: The Carnivorous Carnival / 9780061757211

What is there to say about this series that I haven't said eight times before already? Once again, Lemony Snicket tells the beautiful, terrifying, and delightfully sardonic tale of the poor unfortunate Baudelaire orphans; once again, the incomparable Tim Curry lends his rich voice talents to the audiobook narration in a tale-telling that is a pure joy to listen to. And if you've liked the series so far for the last eight b
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Kat Thomas
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.

The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
An amazing book in an amazing series.

Vocabulary that children will learn by reading this book: carnivorous, bloodthirsty, imbalanced, unnerving, ambidextrous, unruly, displeasing, disenchanting, palatable, woeful, wretched, upholstery, unceasing, hinterlands, voracious, discernible, mulctuary, summarize, punctilio, comrades, eavesdropping, prevail, archduke, rabbi, disentangled, cower, cringe, talcum powder, utterly, unrecognizable, freakish, frantically, recreationally, hover, suspicious, tedio
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Julie S.
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Hannah
In my opinion this was on of the most exciting and dangerous books of the series I was so scared but excited at the same time because it was full of close calls and now choices I was competency entertained I recommend this book to everyone.
Dzemo Sh
This books keep getting better and better, the writing seems more mature and the characters are really growing, and I love the way that these books have developed over the course of the series.
Charlotte
The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth addition to Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book is told in the first person, with the narrator, Lemony Snicket, addressing the readers, although not directly becoming involved in the events of the book. In this book, the main characters are the three Baudelaires: Violet, Sunny, and Klaus. These three characters are constantly chased by an evil villain named Count Olaf. Olaf wishes to steal their fortune, but can never catch th ...more
Joey
If you're reading this review, you probably have read the previous eight books in the series and now you want to know if you should read the ninth book. Well, I will tell you... you should absolutely, without a doubt, no bones about it NOT read this book. It is the most dreadful, frightening, distressing and unnerving of all the books thus far. The Baudelaire siblings are put into the most unfortunate of situations and for your own piece of mind please stay away from this book.
Siobhan
Following on from where the last book left off the children are once again thrown into what has become a regular routine for them.

Here they seem to inch closer towards the answers that they are searching for, yet it is still not completely clear with the reader having a number of questions due to information in this book. The mystery continues on, ending on a cliff hanger which leads on nicely to the next book.
Emma
"There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself."

With one more unfortunate event behind them, the Baudelaire's are determined to find answers. Could their parents possibly be alive? How does Count Olaf keep finding them wherever they go?

Taking a page out of Count Olaf's book, the Baudelaire's decide to disguise themselves and join the carnival (a mockery if I've ever seen one). One these books is
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Darren Hagan
This was another really great (unfortunate) adventure. I kind of enjoy carnival/circus settings anyway, don't know why :)

The Carnivorous Carnival also had some new little twists to the plot. There is the whole VFD thing which is getting explained a little bit more in each book, and how Lemony Snicket actually plays into the storyline - I'm intrigued to find that out.

A couple of other little changes that I liked are the fact that this time around, the orphans are hiding in plain sight (they are
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Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
And now we're getting closer to the mystery. In every book, there seems to be a new character which just pisses you off, I don't know how the author does it and it manages to have the same effect every time. They're just so frustrating to read, because nothing ever goes right. However, I did love this book, and appreciated a lot of the irony used in it. In all, I enjoyed it just as much as the majority of the others, but there was nothing extra or special which made me absolutely love it, or mad ...more
Katie
That one was somewhat pointless? I hope the next is better.
Macy Spieth
This book was a little boring, which made this book easy to rate. The book is about three children who are trying to escape their evil reletive who is trying to steal all their money. In this book the three children descise themselves as freaks at the carnival and meet a nice fortune teller who was working with the childrens evil reletive. The children and fortune teller work together to escape the evil relitive. I thought that this book was boring and made for younger readers who would probably ...more
Jbb Lim
Well, well, well... I wasn't expecting such an ending. The whole time I thought it was a good turn of event that Count Olaf doesn't know nuts about the existence of the Baudelaires' at all. The author got me all bluffed up!

This whole book promotes greater suspense than any other books in the series. There were a glimpse of character building with the carnival's freaks and I have kinda grown attached towards them until the end. I have my reasons but then again it was explained clearly why they r
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Billy
The three Baudelaires looked at one another carefully but it was as if there were no Baudelaires there at all, just two strangers, one with two heads and the other with a head that was covered in fur, all alone in the hinterlands.

The Carnivorous Carnival begins in a very different way from the last eight books - with the Baudelaire orphans hiding in the trunk of Count Olaf's car, without Olaf or his comrades being aware of them.

While this meant that the last book ended on a very juicy cliffhan
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Alex
Part of the Great ASOUE Re-Read of 2015.

I enjoyed CC a lot more as a kid, I think, and also the last time I re-read the series--this was the first one I rated at five stars. Really, past Alex? Really?

There's some good development here, particularly with the villains. This is the first time we've seen Olaf and his troupe up close since Book 1, and it's interesting to watch Olaf and Esme interact, along with the rest of the henchmen. It's a much-needed development, as they've been fairly stock an
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Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe
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Nicholas Karpuk
These books are much easier to deal with on the Kindle. Something about paying for the fancy over-priced hardcovers for something that can be read faster than a Harry Potter book didn't feel satisfying when I don't actually have kids to read them to. When reading outside my demographic, these things helps.

Book 9 is where Snicket seems to almost entirely abandon a lot of the comfortable formula that propels the earlier books, and it serves the theme pretty damn well. The idea that giving people w
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Ciara
Mar 05, 2015 Ciara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: carnies & circus employees, cat whisperers, the sullenly ambidexterous
the baudelaires were forced to stow away in the trunk of count olaf's car at the end of the last book, & they wind up at a carnival set up in the badlands, in the shadow of some very imposing & mysterious mountains. they steal supplies from olaf's disguise kit to costume themselves as circus freaks--violet & klaus become conjoined twins & sunny becomes chabo the wolf baby. with no other options, they use their disguises to apply for work at the carnival, where they are forced to ...more
Yis2017
A Book Review of Carnivorous Carnival
by Julia, Grade 7, Yangon International School

Life as an orphan can be a terrible existence! Perhaps, no orphans would have a more challenging existence than the Baudelaire children in Lemony Snicket’s Carnivorous Carnival series. An author of several children’s books, Snicket continues to develop the plight of the orphans in the ninth book of the series, Carnivorous Carnival. The three talented and distraught orphaned children truly desire to find their pa
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
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