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The Carnivorous Carnival: Book the Ninth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

The Carnivorous Carnival: Book the Ninth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator)

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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



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 installment 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.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
For fans of that slippery author Lemony Snicket, Book the Ninth is here, and it's completely (but wonderfully) dreadful.

When the Baudelaire Orphans finally make it out of Count Olaf's car trunk (from Book the Eighth), they wind up at the horribly perilous Caligari Carnival. Trying to avoid capture but desperate to find out more information about a possible surviving parent, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny pose as circus freaks, only to be humiliated in front of visitors and pushed to the brink of consumption by lions. Fortunately, though, the three discover a few surprises about fortune-telling Madame Lulu, who offers a faint clue about V.F.D. and even the Snicket family itself.

Snicket fans will be in Ninth Heaven. Again, it's a sad state of affairs for the Baudelaires, but there are some fascinating morsels of hope, plus a few small surprises that might help link it all together. With riveting suspense, wicked intentions, and gullible freaks, The Carnivorous Carnival is definitely an installment that can't be missed. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
In the ninth title in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Carnivorous Carnival, the Baudelaire siblings are falsely accused of murder. On the run from Count Olaf (the real killer), the three disguise themselves in Madame Lulu's House of Freaks; Violet and Klaus masquerade as the two-headed Beverly/Elliot; Sunny poses as Chabo the Wolf Baby. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pirates of Penzance) has the perfect, mysterious voice for this reading of Lemony Snicket's book (HarperCollins, 2002). The plot, as in the other eight titles in the series, centers around the three orphaned Baudelaire children and their avoidance of Count Olaf, who is presumably trying to obtain their deceased parents' fortune. The children find their woeful refuge in a carnival, becoming more involved than any of them had planned. Madame Lulu's House of Freaks welcomes the children as a two-headed freak (Violet and Klaus) and Chabo, the Wolf Baby (Sunny). Will the orphans finally find out the secret meaning of the initials VFD? Will they discover something about their parents and the fire that made them orphans? The Carniverous Carnival takes listeners one step closer to solving the series' mysteries. Tim Curry's sinister renditions of Snicket's plottings will delight, but this title will be more thoroughly enjoyed by those who have experienced the other eight episodes. Don't hesitate to purchase this if Lemony Snicket is popular in any form with your patrons.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.09(d)
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Series of Unfortunate Events #9

By Lemony Snicket

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright ©2002 Lemony Snicket
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0064410129

Chapter One

When my workday is over, and I have closed my notebook, hidden my pen, and sawed holes in my rented canoe so that it cannot be found, I often like to spend the evening in conversation with my few surviving friends. Sometimes we discuss literature. Sometimes we discuss the people who are trying to destroy us, and if there is any hope of escaping from them. And sometimes we discuss frightening and troublesome animals that might be nearby, and this topic always leads to much disagreement over which part of a frightening and troublesome beast is the most frightening and troublesome. Some say the teeth of the beast, because teeth are used for eating children, and often their parents, and gnawing their bones. Some say the claws of the beast, because claws are used for ripping things to shreds. And some say the hair of the beast, because hair can make allergic people sneeze.

But I always insist that the most frightening part of any beast is its belly, for the simple reason that if you are seeing the belly of the beast it means you have already seen the teeth of the beast and the claws of the beast and even the hair of the beast, and now you are trapped and there is probably no hope for you. For this reason, the phrase "in the belly of the beast" has become anexpression which means "inside some terrible place with little chance of escaping safely," and it is not an expression one should look forward to using.

I'm sorry to tell you that this book will use the expression "the belly of the beast" three times before it is over, not counting all of the times I have already used "the belly of the beast" in order to warn you of all the times "the belly of the beast" will appear. Three times over the course of this story, characters will be inside some terrible place with little chance of escaping safely, and for that reason I would put this book down and escape safely yourself, because this woeful story is so very dark and wretched and damp that the experience of reading it will make you feel as if you are in the belly of the beast, and that time doesn't count either.

The Baudelaire orphans were in the belly of the beast - that is, in the dark and cramped trunk of a long, black automobile. Unless you are a small, portable object, you probably prefer to sit in a seat when you are traveling by automobile, so you can lean back against the upholstery, look out the window at the scenery going by, and feel safe and secure with a seat belt fastened low and tight across your lap. But the Baudelaires could not lean back, and their bodies were aching from squishing up against one another for several hours. They had no window to look out of, only a few bullet holes in the trunk made from some violent encounter I have not found the courage to research. And they felt anything but safe and secure as they thought about the other passengers in the car, and tried to imagine where they were going.

The driver of the automobile was a man named Count Olaf, a wicked person with one eyebrow instead of two and a greedy desire for money instead of respect for other people. The Baudelaires had first met Count Olaf after receiving the news that their parents had been killed in a terrible fire, and had soon discovered he was only interested in the enormous fortune their mother and father had left behind. With unceasing determination - a phrase which here means "no matter where the three children went" - Count Olaf had pursued them, trying one dastardly technique after another to get his hands on their fortune. So far he had been unsuccessful, although he'd had plenty of help from his girlfriend, Esmi Squalor - an equally wicked, if more fashionable, person who was now sitting beside him in the front seat of the automobile - and an assortment of assistants, including a bald man with an enormous nose, two women who liked to wear white powder all over their faces, and a nasty man who had hooks instead of hands. All of these people were sitting in the back of the automobile, where the children could sometimes hear them speaking over the roar of the engine and the sounds of the road.

One would think, with such a wretched crew as traveling companions, that the Baudelaire siblings would have found some other way to travel rather than sneaking into the trunk, but the three children had been fleeing from circumstances even more frightening and dangerous than Olaf and his assistants and there had been no time to be choosy. But as their journey wore on, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny grew more and more worried about their situation. The sunlight coming in through the bullet holes faded to evening, and the road beneath them turned bumpy and rough, and the Baudelaire orphans tried to imagine where it was they were going and what would happen when they got there. "Are we there yet?" The voice of the hook-handed man broke a long silence. "I told you not to ask me that anymore," replied Olaf with a snarl. "We'll get there when we get there, and that is that."

"Could we possibly make a short stop?" asked one of the white-faced women. "I noticed a sign for a rest station in a few miles."

"We don't have time to stop anywhere," Olaf said sharply. "If you needed to use the bathroom, you should have gone before we left."

"But the hospital was on fire," the woman whined.

"Yes, let's stop," said the bald man. "We haven't had anything to eat since lunch, and my stomach is grumbling."

"We can't stop," Esmi said. "There are no restaurants out here in the hinterlands that are in."


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Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Kupperman has done many illustrations for such publications as Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He frequently writes scripts for DC Comics. This is his first book.

Brief Biography

Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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Brianna Fairman More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!! I have been reading this series and I absolutely love it!!!! I was in tthe middle of reading another book when I started it, and I completly forgot that I was reading it untill I fineshed this book. This book is a fantastic addition to "A Series Of Unfortunet Events"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is amazing. You MUST continue!
kim bandachowicz More than 1 year ago
Im a kid so i should know.Now,you should really read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! It has such great detail. Lemony Snicket ( the author) makes you feel like your really there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites out of the thirteen :D you cant put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series for a while. im on this book and it is really good reccomend for mystery lovers. Thank you and read this series
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is absolutely the best book i have ever read Its awesome and wonderful.Full of suspense ,thrills and action that will make you want to read it again You have got to read this thrilling book youll be talking about it all the time (READ IT)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book the carnivorus carnival by lemony sniket is amazing because there are suprises and scares ans suspence. I cant wait to read the next book in the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST series ever! Best book in the series, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend theese books to anyone who can get a hold of this series at a store, their local library, or just borrow one from a friend! THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK KIND OF LIKE HOW DISNEY WORLD IS A MUST SEE PLACE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN! I hope that many people will see this comment, read this this book( but read the other ones first) , and feel the same way as I do about theese phonominal books from this fantastical series. I am determined to get the entire human race reading theese books! It is my understanding that this comment is very long. Sorry about that you guys. Now that I think about it if you read this entire comment, then you must be used to reading really boring things. If you this book and series it will cure your boredom! With much respect, Anonymous ( ;
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they are trapped in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car as it travels to the Hinterlands down the Rarely Ridden Road to consult Madame Lulu at the Caligari Carnival. Once there, and unable to contact their banker, ever-tussive Mr Poe by phone, they need to adopt a disguise so that they are not recognised by Olaf and his cronies. As a two-headed man and a wolf-baby, they become part of the Freak Show. Having narrowly escaped a burning hospital and already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown down a lift shaft, being thrown in jail, and the murder of their Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine at the hands of the evil Count Olaf and his nefarious assistants, the siblings are ever-vigilant of his reappearance. Luckily these well-mannered and uncomplaining children are also very resourceful: Violet invents, Klaus researches and Sunny bites. Snicket’s tone throughout is apologetic, sincere and matter-of-fact as he relates the unfortunate events in the children’s lives; his imaginative and even surreptitiously educational style will hold much appeal for younger readers, as will the persistent silliness of adults. Snicket’s word and phrase definitions are often hilarious. As always, the alliterative titles are delightful and Brett Helquist provides some wonderfully evocative illustrations. This instalment sees the Baudelaires poked fun at by the Carnival audience, learning that one of their parents may have survived that fatal fire, discovering a fraud, narrowly escaping the a mob’s violent urges and, against their better judgement, joining forces with Count Olaf. Snicket does a clever thing with “déjà vu” in chapter five, but the utter stupidity of the adults around the Baudelaires is a constant theme that is starting to wear a little thin. Will Violet and Klaus be able to find the headquarters of the VFD in the Mortmain Mountains? Will they be able to catch up with Count Olaf, his cronies and their baby sister Sunny? Will they discover the contents of the missing Snicket file? Readers will have to read the next instalment, The Slippery Slope, to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best books in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best author ever!love his books!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books rock so you have to read them. Lemmony snicket puts danger at every turn adds a good vocabulary and and a mystery on every page. You should totally read these books! They are awesome. I am only 9 years old. The snicket file a evil villain and some italian sause.Snicket is an absalutly amazing authur. You should buy these books on your nook or in stores Buy them fast or there will be no more left in stores
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you do or dont like reading I still say that you should read this book. It was fantastic in every way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i totally cant wait for it to come out, cuz ive read all the other ones(1-8) and they have been so interesting. i have seriously been sitting around since like december waiting for june to come, when this book will come out. but when it does, im sure it will be better then all the rest!
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I have read these books and I have to thank Lemony Snicket for writing such awesome books that my class and I read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love hugo colette qnd kevin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was probly one of the best books I have ever read!
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My friend in school,she started ne on this amazing series that makes me laugh,cry ,smile,and make me feel better about my misrable life .Plus their lifes aren't that terrible and most of the time i compare what's happened in my life.Thanks to Lemony Snicket my life has been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid chic got pwned! Thats what ya get fool!