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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  61,669 ratings  ·  946 reviews
Dear Reader,

The word "carnivorous," which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating," and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Egmont Books Ltd (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Julie S.
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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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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
Javier Vera
Despicable and nefarious are the Perfect words to describe Olaf and his troupe in this installment this time they pushed the orphans to the limit, this particular chapter of the Baudelaires story confronts the readers with the fact that the World, Sadly, isn't black and White and Everyone has its own shades of grey within
this book was one of the greatest of the series the reason i think so is because the whole theme is different in this book i really enjoyed it
Jillian ☆
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
Todo se vuelve cada vez más complicado para los huérfanos Baudelaire.
Fue un libro bastante desesperante y que estuvieran constantemente tan cerca del conde Olaf me ponía muy nerviosa.
(¿habrán resuelto de una vez por todas qué quiere decir V.F.D o será otra pura casualidad?)
¡Ese final! Espero con ansias saber qué pasa después, y el hecho de saber que es un poco más largo el que sigue me emociona bastante.
Ya queda cada vez menos para el final, ay, ay.
Grace M
Really like this one
Jordan Lund
The Carnivorous Carnival is such a unique book and I enjoyed it a lot. This book tells about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. These three siblings have been through so much together and all of it has been awful for them. This time around, the Baudelaires travel to a carnival and pretend to be freaks to participate in the House of Freaks. Madame Lulu is a fortune teller and is the reason why Count Olaf is always tracking them down. They use her archival library to find out information about t ...more
In this latest episode, it is the children that are pursuing Count Olaf, and they need to disguise themselves to avoid detection. When the children arrive at the Carnival, they find that it contains a freak show, and they decide that their best option is to pass themselves off as freaks. Violet and Klaus dress up as a person with two heads and Sunny takes on the guise of Chabo the Wolf Baby. They become the companions of a hunchbacked man, a contortionist and Kevin who has the peculiar misfortun ...more
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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.

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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)
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