Sunny Island

Olaf and the orphans on the boat
Olaf and the orphans on the boat

Book 13: The End (buy the book here)

Hi readers!

The Baudelaires whoosh through an outrageous storm on a boat with the only person who could make it any worse, Olaf. They sail away into the wide wide ocean…….

After falling down a burning hotel, on a boat, into the sea,* the Baudelaires arrive on a sunny island where they meet a small girl named Friday. There are many people on the island who are stowaways (meaning people that were in a storm and have washed up on the island, including Friday) and after a storm they gather objects that have washed up on the shore. They take them to the leader of the island, who is named Ishmael, and he decides whether the island needs them or not. But Ishmael is not who the islanders think he is…….

Sadly this is my last post on A Series of Unfortunate Events but I will still be writing about other books. I think this book ended rather well but if you read it you will be left with many questions unanswered. Unfortunately many people are poisoned in this book and Lemony doesn’t tell us what happened to them but we hope they found the cure and lived safely. The End is also The End of someone the Baudelaires failed to thank for saving Kit Snicket, but I guess this person did not deserve it………

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)

A Hotel Visit

Book 12: The Penultimate Peril (buy the book here)

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The Baudelaires are led by a strange woman to a hotel where they are made concierges (meaning someone who performs various tasks around a hotel). Here they meet some old friends……….

You'll find out in the book..... (it's got something to do with two evil villains the Baudelaires met in the mountains)
You’ll find out in the book….. (it’s got something to do with two evil villains the Baudelaires met in the mountains)

Violet, Klaus and Sunny are taken to the last safe meeting place for V.F.D. (the Hotel Denouement) where they become helpers at this peculiar location. After spinning round the hotel once they recognize many previous guardians including ‘Sir’ with a cloud of smoke instead of a head* and ‘Vice Principal Nero’, the most annoying person you could ever meet.               Warning: Never give the Baudelaires a heavy harpoon gun because they may shoot someone…… (read this book to discover the rest of the tragic story).

I enjoyed this book thoroughly for its cleverness and its mysterious spirit. I was especially impressed by Sunny’s smart thinking of, believe it or not, helping to start a fire with Olaf. But really she outwitted Olaf by sending a signal to all the volunteers of V.F.D., telling them the meeting at the hotel was canceled. Such a clever young girl……

Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Splash!

Book 11: ‘The Grim Grotto’ (buy the book here)

Sunny in the cave, carrying a jar of Peanut Butter
Sunny in the cave, carrying a jar of Peanut Butter

Hello everyone!

From the highest peak of the Mortmain Mountains to the bottom of the sea, the Baudelaires travel on their miserable journey into a dark cave underwater, crowded with deadly mushrooms……

After whooshing down a cold, fast running stream,* the Baudelaires run into a submarine with a very lively crew of two… and a cook. Captain Widdershins and his lovely stepdaughter Fiona are there names and the cook is a long lost friend of the Baudelaires, Phil. The orphans and Fiona set out into a gloomy cave in search of a vital object. But Sunny is poisoned by deadly mushrooms……..

This book is also one of my favourites. As the series goes on the books get better and better. I was particularly impressed by Klaus’ skills on interpreting maps and graphs. He discovered the Grim Grotto (which was where they headed to find this vital object) on the map. He found that it was in uncharted waters so it could be dangerous. But nothing will stop the Baudelaires and their friendly crew from swimming out to search it…..

I named this post ‘Splash!’ because of the chaos at the beginning of the story when the kids are speeding down the river, splashing water all over the place. I also called this post ‘Splash!’ because the whole book is mostly underwater and there wasn’t really another word I could think of.

Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Might want to bring a coat

Book 10: The Slippery Slope (buy the book here)

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Up and up in the freezing cold mountains the two elder Baudelaires go to find their captured sister Sunny, stolen away for the fortune by Count Olaf, the king of the Baudelaires’ nightmares…

Snow Scouts

After being parted from Sunny, Violet and Klaus make their way up the Mortmain Mountains in search of Olaf and his evil troupe. Half way up the mountain they run into a pack of snow scouts and discover a surprising survivor* of a terrible fire. They travel to the V.F.D. headquarters (a secret organization that could unscramble many mysteries of the Baudelaires’ lives) and are horrified to find the whole building in ashes…..

This book is the best book of the whole series. If there was only one book I would recommend out of all the books it would be this one. I have written just the first half of the story; it’s up to you to read the rest. My absolute favourite part of the whole book is when the survivor reveals him/herself (not giving you any clues) and the chapter ends.

I thought that Violet was very clever in this story when she found a genius way to climb up a frozen waterfall with just a few melted forks and ukulele strings. She also managed to stop a very fast caravan from whizzing down a mountain with only a small table and some sticky ingredients.

Simi Star rating: *****

A Trip to the Carnival

Book 9: The Carnivorous Carnival (buy the book here)

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This next miserable story is set at the Caligari Carnival where Madame Lulu uses her glass ball to tell Count Olaf the Baudelaires whereabouts!

After a stuffy trip in the back of Olaf’s fancy car, the orphans disguise as freaks* for the carnival to discover Olaf’s nasty scheme. In their freakish caravan they meet Kevin, Colette and Hugo and every day they are forced to perform in a Freak Show. The Baudelaires must try to get into the fortune telling tent owned by Madame Lulu and find out how she knew where the Baudelaires went on their miserable travels….

I loved this one but personally the next book is my absolute favourite! I’ll tell you about that one in my next post. Anyway, this one I enjoyed because it includes lions!! Olaf buys two of them for Lulu so that every day the audience would watch one of the freaks get eaten by them! That’s all perfectly funny for the audience but not for the freaks and especially not for Violet, Klaus and Sunny who are determined to solve the case! Read the book to find out the rest!!

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)

Doctor, Doctor

Book 8: The The Hostile Hospital (buy the book here)

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Being accused of murder is hard for the Baudelaires. They’re in the newspaper and the word and rumour of many villages. At Heimlich Hospital they must stay hidden……

The Baudelaire orphans escape to a hospital where they are set to work in a library full of papers and files. At night they sneak in to find a file that Hal (the man they work with in the library) had mentioned he’d spotted them in. But unfortunately (that’s not an unfamiliar word in the Baudelaire dictionary) they were discovered by Olaf and only Klaus and Sunny could manage to fit through the tiny chute which was their only way of escaping the library…….

This book was quite tense and a bit scary but I still love it. As the books go on they get better and more interesting so as I always say, I really recommend these books but it is quite depressing so please don’t read if you are 8 years old or younger!

I’m going to start giving out what I’m going to call ‘Simi Stars’. These ‘Simi Stars’ are going to be my rating and recommendation for the book. They’ll probably look like this, * and will usually be at the end of the blog post. I might also put one of these stars in the middle of the summary to show that this part in the book I found good or interesting. These type of ‘Simi Stars’ I will call ‘Summary Stars’.

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)

Orphans on the Loose!

Book 7: The Vile Village (buy the book here)

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The next drop off for Violet, Klaus and Sunny is the village of V.F.D. but even though a whole village are placed under the care of the orphans, don’t be fooled…….

The Baudelaires are taken to V.F.D. The Village of Fowl Devotees with even more crazy and strict rules. The Baudelaires were sent to do all the village chores with the V.F.D. handyman, Hector. But you might think Count Olaf appeared in an absurd disguise before you could say ‘Peppery Pots’ when in fact there was news that the village had captured him! Though when the Baudelaires arrive at the town hall they realize it’s just another person with one long eyebrow and a tattoo of an eye on his left ankle!! No one listens to the Baudelaires (as usual) proving the stranger innocent, so he is sentenced to be burned at the stake the next day and is put in jail. Suddenly, just before his punishment, he is found dead in his jail cell and that is when Olaf comes along as the detective of the crime scene. He accuses the Baudelaires of the murder with a hair ribbon, a small piece of lens from a pair of glasses and some fake tooth marks. The Baudelaires are put in jail but can they escape the cell before they are burned at the stake?

In this book Lemony Snicket’s brother, Jacques Snicket, appears looking a lot like Olaf. He says that his tattoo is part of his job and the Baudelaires are given another mystery to hold on top of the fire that killed their parents, Olaf’s sneaky plans and V.F.D. Jacques Snicket was going to tell the Baudelaires something about their parents but he was taken away before he could say it. When the Baudelaires were thinking about the tattoo being part of Jacques job they thought he could be apart of Olaf’s theatre group but not one of Olaf’s comrades had the tattoo. Why did they both have the same tattoo of the same eye on the same ankle?

I called this post ‘Orphans on the Loose!’ because now everyone believes the Baudelaire orphans are murderers even though it was Olaf’s doing. In the next book, the Baudelaires are very careful with who they meet because they’re afraid they’re going to be caught and put in jail for a crime they did not commit. But the Baudelaires are not just ordinary children. These children are very intelligent and I’m sure they can get out of this unfortunate event somehow……

The thing I liked about this book was its cleverness. I did not tell you about anyone’s ambitions in this series except Olaf who wants the Baudelaire fortune!

Violet dreams to be an inventor and if you knew her well you would see that when she ties her hair up in a ribbon she is thinking of an invention to get her and her siblings out of a troublesome situation.

Klaus is the researcher and he loves books. The Baudelaire parents had a huge library in their mansion and he’d love to sit and full his head with all the interesting facts he had discovered.

Sunny would love to bite things with her four sharp teeth. I’m telling you, they’re very strong. Remember when I told you that she climbed back up the elevator shaft with only those four teeth! She’s also very intelligent for just a baby.

A couplet
A couplet

Duncan has always loved to be a news reporter and finally Isadora is inspired by poetry. She usually likes to write in rhyming couplets, couplets meaning two lines of a poem, which is where this story is clever. Isadora attached small pieces of paper to a V.F.D. crow with a clue in a couplet of where the Quagmires were and then the crows would fly away and drop the clues for the Baudelaires to find. The Quagmires knew the Baudelaires would discover the message hidden in each couplet dropped and eventually would find their hiding place. 7 down, 6 to go for A Series of Unfortunate Events……