**spoiler alert** This is the 5th installment of the Series of the Unfortunate events for the ongoing adventures of the three Baudelaire Orphans namel...more**spoiler alert** This is the 5th installment of the Series of the Unfortunate events for the ongoing adventures of the three Baudelaire Orphans namely Violet (the oldest and the inventor of the trio), Klaus (the genius) and Sunny (the youngest and the biter - yes she bites literally!) and since the death of their parents in an unexplained fire that consume their whole house, they are attending a boarding school. Mr Poe, their financial caretaker until Violet finally come to an age to the Baudelaire's fortune, have arranged them to attend Prufrock Preparatory School to further their studies.
The thought of being able to attend Prufrock Preparatory School would normally be ecstatic for the kids but upon their arrival, their miseries seems to be endless. They have an annoying Vice Principal Nero who are pretty irked off kids and insisted on every student to obey ridiculous rules that result with more ridiculous consequences if anybody would break it. Mandotary attendance to his 6 hour nightly recital was another thorn in their lives as he wasn't that good either. Instead of living in a comfortable living quarters, they are assigned to an uncomfortable shack with crabs and mosses, where Nero would call the Orphan Shack.
But in the midst of attending such an austere facility, they have a spark of hope when they meet Duncan & Isadora Quagmire, another set of orphans in the school, they new kind friends.
Of course that part of relieve isn't that comfortable enough, when they have to attend classes that teaches them nonsense syllabus and Count Olaf is in the corner, in the disguise of being a gym teacher called Genghis, and this time acted in such a way that would really take them off guard.
I love reading this installment since the author has finally cut out with chase of reintroducing the readers to the background of the Baudelaire Orphans, which of course gives new readers no good reason to skip the earlier installment o the series.(less)
**spoiler alert** Omg! I can't say I can't believe that happened to the Baudelaire Orphans but like I say before, this isn't just "another" children b...more**spoiler alert** Omg! I can't say I can't believe that happened to the Baudelaire Orphans but like I say before, this isn't just "another" children book. This is a SURREAL REALITY kinda of children book, where there hadn't had a happy ending. YET!
For followers of this series, you all know where the kids are from, but for new, I suggest reading from the first book to know what exactly been going on. The Unfortunate Events Series brings you the story of the Baudelaire Orphans, Violet (the oldest and the inventor), Klaus (second borned and the genius bookworm) and Violet (youngest and the biter). Their parent died from horrible fire that burnt their house down to the ground and since then they have been moving from home to another starting from Count Olaf (who'se determined to get the Baudelaire Orphan's fortune) to their Uncle Monty's Reptile House and their Phobic Aunt Josephine.
Things hadn't improved since we last seen the Baudelaire Orphans. Mr Poe, their fortunes caretaker until Violet comes to an age, took them to their next guardian who's the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, where they are made to work in the mill and they shared the place to sleep with the rest of the workers. Close to their cabin, to their horror a building that resembled the mark of Count Olaf!
In this Lucky Smells Lumbermills the only option of food for them is Gum and occasionally bits and pieces of food from Charles, their guardian's partner, one of the good people they know there, next to Phil, the extreme optimist who tried to look things in their bright side.
Their foreman, named Foreman Flacutono, who just won't give them a break, and also one of the pawns to make the Baudelaire Orphans' life as miserable as the place itself. With the simple prank by him, Klaus was sent to the building that bears the mark of the feared Count Olaf (who seems to be missing) and came out all wrong. He was hypnotized! While he was under it, he did things unimaginable!
But of course adults just never listen in this story. Sad isn't it.(less)
**spoiler alert** A kick off from the last book "A Bad Beginning", the three tragically orphaned Baudelaires' kids, Violet, Klaus & Sunny found th...more**spoiler alert** A kick off from the last book "A Bad Beginning", the three tragically orphaned Baudelaires' kids, Violet, Klaus & Sunny found themselves driven away by Mr Poe, their executor; with his tiny cramping car towards another new home. Away from Count Olaf, and unfortunately unable to live with Judge Strauss due to legal twisting mumbo-jumbo law.
The destination is another unknown relative named Uncle Monty, a herpetologist, who owns a house with a build in special room reserved for his studies of snakes which is called the Reptile Room which main attraction would be the Incredibly Deadly Viper.
Yet their happiness didn't last long. After a while of staying with Uncle Monty, and getting ready to pack for a holiday in Peru with their Uncle, then came a mischievous looking character named Stephano, who happens to be an old aquantaince. And by this, we all know who Stephano really was.
And their weary series of unfortunate events began once more.(less)
**spoiler alert** I found myself feeling sorry for these 3 Baudelaire orphans and pretty much caught up with their adventures.
This is the 3rd install...more**spoiler alert** I found myself feeling sorry for these 3 Baudelaire orphans and pretty much caught up with their adventures.
This is the 3rd installment of the Unfortunate Event Series, following the unfortunate lives of the 3 Baudelaire orphans, namely Violet (an Inventor), Klaus (the Bookworm) & Sunny (the baby who would bite anything, and I mean anything!) after living with their departed Uncle Monty, killed by Count Olaf, but he escaped in the process of about to put him behind bars.
Mr Poe (in my opinion, a useless main caretaker), a family friend who took care for the orphans fortune until Violet came to an age, brought them to live with another family member, name Mrs. Josephine Anwhistle, who lived in a house, in the edge of a hill (literally) above Lake Lachrymose, that is infested with Lachrymose Leeches, who would eat a human if they smellt food on them.
Living with Aunt Josephine, who was a total grammar freak and scared of every single thing, that they have to live in a cold house, eating cold food (she's afraid of fire incidents) and the irony of being afraid of Lake Lachrymose, she actually lived on top of it. Yet counting their blessings the Baudelaire orphans, they felt lucky to be in a home with somebody that scared they actually feel secure. Until they came to a market one day and meet the Captain Sham, with a patch on one eye and a peg as one leg. but we all knew who exactly Captain Sham was, of course Aunt Josephine wasn't very keen to believe the children.
One day, Aunt Josephine died, death cause, jumping through the window, leaving the three of them to Captain Sham (Count Olaf in disguised), and they knew Mr Poe wasn't very keen to actually believe Captain Sham was Count Olaf in disguise (He simply believed they kids are hallucinating and seeing him everywhere).
The orphans tries to figure out a way to escape from the clutches of Count Olaf again when they discovered their aunt was still alive and was in hiding, somewhere. So they tried to get to her and tried to convince her to come back out to the world.
If you are looking for a happily ever after kind of ending for your kids, I suggest you look away from this series. But if you want to give a little modern era children facing somewhat real, you should let them read this one and of course, it's not just for children. As before, we have free vocabulary lessons in this book as well. Enjoy.(less)