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Everybody loves a carnival! Who can fail to delight in the colourful people, the unworldly spectacle, the fabulous freaks?

A carnival is a place for good family fun - as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling ninth instalment in Lemony Snicket′s serial, the siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby. With millions of readers worldwide, and the Baudelaire′s fate turning from unpleasant to unseemly, it is clear that Lemony Snicket has taken nearly all the fun out of children′s books.

Ages 10+

Topics: Illustrated, Adventurous, Dark, Absurdist , Orphans, Siblings, Gothic, Circus, Disguises, and 21st Century

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061757211
List price: $8.99
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I enjoyed this one more than 8, seemed to be more to it, and certainly more twists in the plot. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, although given all of the warnings from Mr Snicket, I'm a little worried that none of my questions will be answered satisfactorily, a word which here means, "the meaning of VFD and the secrets in the Snicket file will be revealed, and the books will end with the series wrapped up in a neat little package." I'm hooked, though, so it's off to the library to pick up #10.more
Snicket had some issues creating believable characters (even by the series' standard) in this book. Not wholly horrible, though.more
I'm a little torn about rhis book. Whilst I was fascinated about the overall plot and how the series will finish, I found this volume quite weak. As a stand-alone book the srory is quite poor and the text is not as witty as in previous books. Apart from one very rude joke :-)more
I have enjoyed all of the Snicket books, but this one is my favorite thus far. The plot really starts to pick up, questions begin to be answered, and, while all of them are good, this one is less repetitive than certain others (*cough* ...The Miserable Mill... *cough* *cough*). I love the cliff-hanger ending (ha), letting you dive right into the next book with less of a preamble from the author. Don't get me wrong, I love Lemony's cynical and often snarky ramblings, but not necessarily at the beginning of every volume. This was a nice change of pace. Something else I really like is Sunny's character development in this book. She starts developing her own interests and taking a more active, less passive part in the story. I must admit, I was starting to lose interest in this series, but it has certainly been revived by this episode. I can't wait to read #10!more
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I enjoyed this one more than 8, seemed to be more to it, and certainly more twists in the plot. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, although given all of the warnings from Mr Snicket, I'm a little worried that none of my questions will be answered satisfactorily, a word which here means, "the meaning of VFD and the secrets in the Snicket file will be revealed, and the books will end with the series wrapped up in a neat little package." I'm hooked, though, so it's off to the library to pick up #10.more
Snicket had some issues creating believable characters (even by the series' standard) in this book. Not wholly horrible, though.more
I'm a little torn about rhis book. Whilst I was fascinated about the overall plot and how the series will finish, I found this volume quite weak. As a stand-alone book the srory is quite poor and the text is not as witty as in previous books. Apart from one very rude joke :-)more
I have enjoyed all of the Snicket books, but this one is my favorite thus far. The plot really starts to pick up, questions begin to be answered, and, while all of them are good, this one is less repetitive than certain others (*cough* ...The Miserable Mill... *cough* *cough*). I love the cliff-hanger ending (ha), letting you dive right into the next book with less of a preamble from the author. Don't get me wrong, I love Lemony's cynical and often snarky ramblings, but not necessarily at the beginning of every volume. This was a nice change of pace. Something else I really like is Sunny's character development in this book. She starts developing her own interests and taking a more active, less passive part in the story. I must admit, I was starting to lose interest in this series, but it has certainly been revived by this episode. I can't wait to read #10!more
Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, manages to keep the same joke/gag fresh throughout the series.more
In this book the three orphans find themselves at a carnival. As much as I do enjoy these books this one made me a little uneasy because thinking about people being eaten by lions isn't really my cup of tea.more
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