Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Reptile Room
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length: 190
Publication Date: September 30, 1999
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Edition, eBook, Audiobook.
Source: Xmas Gift
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Find it @: Amazon | Book Depository


Book Description:

After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.

After enduring several hardships in the hands of Count Olaf the Baudelaire Children are sent to live with the kind, happy, fun, gentle, and brilliant Dr. Montgomery. He and the Children bond rather quickly. Even though the death of their parents and the abuse they suffered at the hand of Count Olaf are still fairly fresh in the children’s minds the Baudelaire’s soon find themselves having a good time while helping Dr. Montgomery or Uncle Monty as he rather have the Baudelaire Children call him.

At first, the book starts off in a very gloomy way but as the story progresses the reader may quickly find him or herself enjoying what is a seemingly happy story after all. But it’s not long before Lemony Snicket makes do on his promise of an unhappy story and takes all the joy, happiness, and cheer and smoothly turns it into despair, anxiousness, sadness and hopelessness.



The main Characters in this novel are, of course, the Baudelaire Children (Violet, Sunny and Klaus), Dr. Montgomery, Mr. Poe and Count Olaf. Violet Baudelaire is fourteen years old and the eldest of the Baudelaire Children. She is a pretty, smart, clever and respectful girl. She is also able to keep her mind in moments when her siblings feel like there is no hope at all left. She also does whatever is necessary or whatever it may take for her younger brother and sister to be safe and sound. Sunny Baudelaire is the youngest of the children. Not unlike her brother and sister she proves herself to be a very smart child even though she is naught but a mere infant. She is rather small for her age and enjoys biting things with her four, very sharp, teeth. Also unlike other infants she would rather chew on hard foods like carrots and such and dislikes eating soft things like cake no matter how good they may taste. Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and only boy. Even though he is extremely smart like both his sisters he is also a bit hard headed and goes and says things sometimes when he really shouldn’t. At an age of twelve Klaus have read many more books than some people read in their entire life time. Dr. Montgomery Montgomery (yes, that’s his full name) is a very kind, happy, cheerful and slightly giddy distant relative whom adopts the Baudelaire children and welcomes them into his own home as if they were his own children. He treats them very nicely and even asks for their help in his works. Mr. Poe was a friend of the Baudelaire’s parents and –as their close friend– he is the one that takes care of their Will and the Fortune that the children will inherit when they are old enough. Even though he means well for the children, his own ignorance and short sightedness cause the Baudelaire children a great deal of frustration (or was that just me getting frustrated?) over the course of the story. He is described as having a very constant cold. Count Olaf is still a very horrible, sneaky, disgusting and repulsive man in this novel. And, dare I say it; he is more repulsive and cruel in this second novel than he was in the first. Also even though the police are after him, he works hard to try once again to teal the Baudelaire fortune.

I loved this book, sad parts and all and I am looking forward to reading the whole series. I would definitely recommend this book to people who aren’t necessarily interested in happy endings and people who want their children to learn how important it is to be respectful, especially to your elders, while at the same time learning about the hardships of life. However, I would never recommend these books for children that are much too young.

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