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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  56,626 ratings  ·  878 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...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 17th 2002)
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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...more
It's hard to review The Carnivorous Carnival as an individual book, because its story is a direct continuation of The Hostile Hospital and the immediate lead-in to The Slipper Slope. It even features the series first true cliffhanger ending (oh so frustrating, especially since I've been pacing myself at one of these bad boys a day. I really didn't want to sleep not knowing how the Baudelaires escape in the next book.)

These books often highlight one trapping of adulthood, and The Carnivorous Carn...more
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!


" 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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dec 16, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
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...more
Julie S.
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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
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...more
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...more
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.

Nov 25, 2008 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
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...more
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Chris Blocker
Isn't it nice when you stick with something for some time and it pays off? The ninth book in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Carnivorous Carnival, is by far the first really good book in the series. Like the other Unfortunate books, the formula in this one is largely the same, but it all gels so much better. Add in some really hilarious new characters and great scenes and you've got a solid children's book.

Carnivorous Carnival excels for three reasons. First, the story is paced...more
I've decided that this series is too repetitive, and the tone of the books too annoying -- pedantic and condescending -- so I'm not going to finish reading it. Just reading the first book was fine, but more than that was a trial.

(You can see this same review on the other books in this series I have shelved. Sorry. I don't like shelving just part of a series, and my review might help someone... I have more detailed reviews of the first three books here, here and here.)
This book is about 3 kids named Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, and their afterlife from their house fire which killed both their parents. They then get shipped off to live with their distant cousin, Count Olaf, which is the Baudelaire's closest relative. They somehow manage to escape his evil ways and live with several different relatives in each book. Count Olaf always comes back to steal the Baudelaire fortune: but in disguise. I recommend this book/series to people who like a bit of myst...more
Julie Decker
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are stowing away in Count Olaf's trunk, only to find he is visiting a fortune-teller for information about where to find them. The Baudelaires conspire to find out more about "Madame Lulu" and why she knows so much about them, disguising themselves as freaks for the freak show at the circus and wearing some pretty ridiculous disguises. After witnessing one of Madame Lulu's performances--in which she reveals that one of their parents is supposedly alive in the...more
Duncan Mandel

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 ninth instalment in Lemony Snicket′s serial, the siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby. With

"Embroidered on the front of the gown in glittery thread were the words I LOVE FREAKS, except instead of the word "love" there was an enormous heart, a symbol sometimes used by people who have trouble figuring out the difference between words and shapes."

This was my favorite Snicket quotation in The Carnivorous Carnival, but there were plenty more witty, funny, and creative tidbits, as I have come to expect. As always, the story of the Baudelaire children encourages us to be like the children t...more
Curtis Edmonds
Everything that you will read in this review is the truth. "Truth" here means "not full of lies", and "containing valuable bits of verifiable information that will help you as you go along in life".

First, the truth is that children everywhere are in terrible danger, and if they are not, they are in terrible danger of being in terrible danger. This is the truth. The abiding lesson of these times is you just never know. You just never know if your elementary school will collapse in an earthquake;...more
Khantey Lim
This is the first book that the Baudlaires have made a big thing that seems unbelievable. All the last books, the Baudlaires always want to get rid of Count Olaf and don't really want to see him. They try to get away from Count Olaf all the time. But in this book, the three orphans go onto the same van as Count Olaf's. And they even disguise themselves to be one of the freaks as well. So things get exciting. Because before whenever Count Olaf disguised in to some one. He fooled everyone except t...more
Michelle E. Kobus ♡ HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ♥
Originally read in 2011.
Reread December 4 to 6, 2013

People will do such morally bankrupt things in order to fit in with the crowd, to be considered "in", by doing whatever the crowd wants them to do, as long as the crowd makes them feel accepted. This is true of real life, just as it is of the book. Everyone wants and deserves acceptence, but not at the cost that you do bad things and lose every quality that made you you. Is acceptence really worth the cost to a person's conscience?
Stuart Langridge

On the run as suspected murderers, the unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves trapped in the Caligari Carnival, where they are forced to masquerade as freaks. They encounter such oddities as a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crowd and Chabo the Wolf Baby.

On the run as suspected murderers, the unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves trapped in the Caligari Carnival, where they are forced to masquerade as freaks. They encounter such oddities as a confusin

May 06, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the ninth book in the very popular series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

We have been enjoying listening to the stories on audio CD and I really enjoy listening to Tim Curry narrate the story. He does an amazing job, so much better than I ever could! We were enthralled by the story and our girls were disappointed when I would insist on only listening to one disc each night.

The tale is dark and creepy and our girls loved the twists and turns as the story progressed. A...more
Ruth Ho
Yes I think my opinion of this series is changing. I can't deny it. As a matter of fact. The writing is good. And there are a lot of funny moments and facts that keep me going in this book. I think this book has accomplished a goal that not many books will hit. It is the ability to interact with its reader through its words. I find myself shaking my head, talking to the book or laughing once in a while, when I was reading this. But the dreadfulness of this story still stands and will probably ne...more
In school we've been discussing essentialist literature lately (Sartre, Camus, etcetera) and I feel like many of the essentialist views can be applied on the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

Philosophical musings aside, The Carnivorous Carnival is quite fun and suspenseful, as this time the orphans use Olaf's own tactics against him. The plot thickens, and more and more hints about the identity of Snicket and VFD are introduced.
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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:

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