You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.
With all due respect,
Author: Lemony Snicket | Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Tim Curry | Length: 4 hours, 20 minutes | Publish Date: April 24, 2001 | Genre: YA/Children’s Fantasy | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ | Recommend: Yes
“It was a curious feeling, that something could be so close and so distant at the same time.”
This is the farthest that I’ve ever gotten in this series, and I’m so proud of myself! Honestly, this series just keeps getting better and better, you know besides all the unfortunate events that keep happening to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. But of course, that’s how you know what book you’re reading: there are rarely any happy events that happen and even though it looks like things are going to get better, they always end up getting worse.
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” definitely comes into question in this book. Instead of being sent to a specific guardian like in the previous books, the Baudelaires are sent to a certain village, one that has signed up for a program where the entire village helps to raise orphans in need. So of course, they choose the village that they think will lead to some sort of clue as to what happened to the Quagmire Triplets, and the mysterious fire that killed their parents. At first, they feel like they came to a dead end, but that’s not always the case. We find out what one version of VFD means, but is it the one that we are looking for? Does Count Olaf end up finding them again this terrible and vile village? Spoiler alert: Doesn’t he always?
These books really just keep it interesting enough that I want to find out what the heck happens at the very ending. I want them to finally kick Count Olaf’s scrawny butt and not have to deal with terrible guardians that are crappy adults. I want that to happen so badly, but I feel like it’s not going to end that way. I just have to keep going to find out.