The miserable chronicles of the unlucky Baudelaire orphans are fun, quick reads if you bring a tongue-in-cheek sense of black humor to them. Kids seem to instinctively get the joke, but I've seen adults enraged by the books because they take them far too seriously. To them I say, "Relax. No actual children were harmed in the writing of these books."
In this installment, the Baudelaires learn a hard lesson: that adults can not only be clueless, but spineless as well.
Some people have said that "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is stupid and boring. These people clearly missed the point of the series.
Admittedly the story line itself doesn't sound all that great: three kids who have a very sad life, and it keeps getting worse.
But the real thrill in the book is how the author weaves this complicated, and tangled mystery throughout, leaving just enough clues to keep you interested. The minute you solve one mystery, three more open up! It is absolutely brilliant! The ones who call this series "boring" clearly missed the complex subtleties in the story.
The main reason I love this series is the author's way with words. Part of the clues he weaves throughout the books involve word usage. He also occasionally breaks the 'rules' of how a book is written. (For example, in one chapter you have to hold the book up to a mirror to see what it says!) There is a surprise that is wholly unique in each and every book.
And though it may seem strange, I found the series encouraging. The reality is, all of our lives are a bit unfortunate (some more than others) and the books' real moral is how people can overcome all obstacles, even the permanent ones, by maintaining their own self-worth.
This is a very sophisticated satirical series.
these are great books, I highly recommend this book for the young reader.
The Wide Window is a great book in the series, filled with mystery, paranoia, and horror. This book is crucial to the plot of the series and also one of the best in it.
We loved this whole series. Great for the primary-middle school set.