After a lull with the previous few books, Lemony Snicket is back to his finest with this tenth installment! It is exciting to see the Baudelaire girls maturing and experience firsts. Helquist's illustrations do a fine job of showing our three favorite orphans taller and stronger as they face frightening frenemies and fiascoes. I'm one of the many adults who enjoy this Series of Unfortunate Events and, even with a busy schedule, I squeezed in an hour here and there as much as I possibly could -- because I was captivated by the intrigue occurring on the Slippery Slope. I highly recommend the entire Series and especially this hilarious Book the Tenth. Lemony can always make me smile, and there's nobody like him on the contemporary literary scene; nobody pushing the bounds of literary nonsense within contemporary society. Thanks + huzzah!
My kid loves these books. As a parent I have tried to instill the love of reading into my son and it has gotten easier overtime and we are reaping the benefits of the improved reading. Sometimes it was difficult to match the content level with his advanced reading level in addition to his interest in the content itself, however these books have seemed to be a perfect storm of sorts. He is 9 but reading at a 12th grade level and it wasn't until this series that we really saw a passion for reading show, he always liked it and did it daily but never sought it out as feverishly as he did with this series, he is sharing the story with us in addition to laughing and enjoying himself. I highly recommend them and we now own them all.
We bought the Audio CD. We listened to 1 thru 8 but missed #9 for some reason. As we got started on this one which is #10 we realize we've missed a bit but decide to listen anyway. In this one we get more of an inside view of the evil Count Olaf and his band of misfits because the youngest Beaudolaire has been kidnapped by Olaf. He makes the baby cook and clean for the group and they all make fun of her because she can't do anything very well, not even speak in a way they can understand. Spoiler alert: we discover there are some people even more evil than Olaf. More arson has been done. As usual the children are the ones who figure out how to solve the problems and resolve more of the mystery. Grown ups, even the nice ones are always fooled and cannot detect evil when it's right in...
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