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The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

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by Lemony Snicket
 

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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal

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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Editorial Reviews

After the all-too-aptly-titled Bad Beginning, the Baudelaire twins go to live with Dr. "Monty" Montgomery, a friendly herpetologist. His house is filled with slithery things including a perfectly harmless "Incredibly Deadly Viper," but real danger arrives in the form of a mysterious man named Stephano, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the ogre Count Olaf.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061146312
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
21,043
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room
Or, Murder!

Chapter One

The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in the world. It is called Lousy Lane. Lousy Lane runs through fields that are a sickly gray color, in which a handful of scraggly trees produce apples so sour that one only has to look at them to feel ill. Lousy Lane traverses the Grim River, a body of water that is nine-tenths mud and that contains extremely unnerving fish, and it encircles a horseradish factory, so the entire area smells bitter and strong.

I am sorry to tell you that this story begins with the Baudelaire orphans traveling along this most displeasing road, and that from this moment on, the story only gets worse. Of all the people in the world who have miserable lives-and, as I'm sure you know, there are quite a few-the Baudelaire youngsters take the cake, a phrase which here means that more horrible things have happened to them than just about anybody. Their misfortune began with an enormous fire that destroyed their home and killed both their loving parents, which is enough sadness to last anyone a lifetime, but in the case of these three children it was only the bad beginning. After the fire, the siblings were sent to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf, a terrible and greedy man.

The Baudelaire parents had left behind an enormous fortune, which would go to the children when Violet came of age, and Count Olaf was so obsessed with getting his filthy hands on the money that he hatched a devious plan that gives me nightmares to this day. He was caught just intime, but he escaped and vowed to get ahold of the Baudelaire fortune sometime in the future. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny still had nightmares about Count Olaf's shiny, shiny eyes, and about his one scraggly eyebrow, and most of all about the tattoo of an eye he had on his ankle. It seemed like that eye was watching the Baudelaire orphans wherever they went.

So I must tell you that if you have opened this book in the hope of finding out that the children lived happily ever after, you might as well shut it and read something else. Because Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, sitting in a small, cramped car and staring out the windows at Lousy Lane, were heading toward even more misery and woe. The Grim River and the horseradish factory were only the first of a sequence of tragic and unpleasant episodes that bring a frown to my face and a tear to my eye whenever I think about them.

The driver of the car was Mr. Poe, a family friend who worked at a bank and always had a cough. He was in charge of overseeing the orphans' affairs, so it was he who decided that the children would be placed in the care of a distant relative in the country after all the unpleasantness with Count Olaf.

"I'm sorry if you're uncomfortable," Mr. Poe said, coughing into a white handkerchief, "but this new car of mine doesn't fit too many people. We couldn't even fit any of your suitcases. In a week or so I'll drive back here and bring them to you."

"Thank you," said Violet, who at fourteen was the oldest of the Baudelaire children. Anyone who knew Violet well could see that her mind was not really on what Mr. Poe was saying, because her long hair was tied up in a ribbon to keep it out of her eyes. Violet was an inventor, and when she was thinking up inventions she liked to tie her hair up this way. It helped her think clearly about the various gears, wires, and ropes involved in most of her creations."After living so long in the city," Mr. Poe continued, "I think you will find the countryside to be a pleasant change. Oh, here is the turn. We're almost there."

"Good," Klaus said quietly. Klaus, like many people on car rides, was very bored, and he was sad not to have a book with him. Klaus loved to read, and at approximately twelve years of age had read more books than many people read in their whole lives. Sometimes he read well into the night, and in the morning could be found fast asleep, with a book in his hand and his glasses still on.

"I think you'll like Dr. Montgomery, too," Mr. Poe said. "He has traveled a great deal, so he has plenty of stories to tell. I've heard his house is filled with things he's brought from all the places he's been."

"Bax!" Sunny shrieked. Sunny, the youngest of the Baudelaire orphans, often talked like this, as infants tend to do. In fact, besides biting things with her four very sharp teeth, speaking in fragments was how Sunny spent most of her time. It was often difficult to tell what she meant to say. At this moment she probably meant something along the lines of "I'm nervous about meeting a new relative." All three children were.

"How exactly is Dr. Montgomery related to us?" Klaus asked.

"Dr. Montgomery is-let me see-your late father's cousin's wife's brother. I think that's right. He's a scientist of some sort, and receives a great deal of money from the government."

As a banker, Mr. Poe was always interested in money.

"What should we call him?" Klaus asked.

"You should call him Dr. Montgomery," Mr. Poe replied, "unless he tells you to call him Montgomery. Both his first and last names are Montgomery, so it doesn't really make much difference."

"His name is Montgomery Montgomery?" Klaus said, smiling.

"Yes, and I'm sure he's very sensitive about that, so don't ridicule him," Mr. Poe said, coughing again into his handkerchief. "'Ridicule' means 'tease.'"

Klaus sighed. "I know what 'ridicule' means," he said. He did not add that of course he also knew not to make fun of someone's name. Occasionally, people thought that because the orphans were unforunate, they were also dim-witted.

Copyright C 1999 Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room
Or, Murder!
. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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

Hometown:
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.
Education:
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Website:
http://www.lemonysnicket.com

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Reptile Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 575 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS SERIES IS THE BEST BOOK EVER IF I COULD RATE IT 1,000,000,000 STARS I WOULD. THIS ONE IS MY 2ND FAVORITE IN THE SERIES EVEN THOUGH I AM ON BOOK 9? NUMBER 8 IS MY FAVORITE!!!! THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME I WOULD RECOMENED THIS TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I STARTED THIS SERIES AT LIKE THE END OF 1ST GRADE OR BEGINING OF 2ND AND AM NOW IN 4TH GRADE I HAVE BEEN READING THEM SINCE AND CAN NOT STOP!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!! IT IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!! IT IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!!! I AM A HUGE FAN OF LEMONY SNICKET!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket is a great author. He is creative in ways I can only imagine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Its very addicting to read. You have been warned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If only there were fifty stars,then i would rate that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all his books there all fantastic. I love the way he writes and then explains it but to be honest i already understand whats going on anyways. One thing i do find quite annoying is when he keeps repeating how sad the orphans are , and to be honest i know count olaf is bad but they really should be gratful they have a house. Anyways i love these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good i could not put it down once i started reading it it is just such a wonderful book and i read it in about a day it is so good and it is an east read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This it the best book ever rate it better next time!!!!!! I mean come on
Hannah Dailey More than 1 year ago
Really good book! But it has 2 bad words in it so if you are an immature 10 year old or younger then it might be too explict. But if you are a mature 10 year old and older read it!!!!!!!!!! They r not really bad words though so...read it
Maggie Allen More than 1 year ago
This+book+was+amazing.+It+had+so+much+adventure+and+scary+parts+in+it.+I+would+recommend+this+book+to+anyone+who+likes+creepy+and+good+books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever this is best series ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great addition to a great series!!! A lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing!! :):):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it was a little sad
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book sad but good it is mostly for ages 8 and up it is mosly for people how likes to read because if you read one you want to read all of them i am 11 i llllllllooooovvvvveeee this book thank you lemony sniket :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friends told me about this series and now im addicted to it. Definetly 5 star series keep up the good work Lemoney Snicket!!! : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I begin my review I would just like everyone to know that this artical is from the opinion of a child. I am eleven years old I read the Unfortunate Events Series almost everyday. I'm writing a review on the Reptile Room because it was on of my top two favorites. (The other is the Bad Beggining.) I give this book a five star rating because I think it's an outstanding book. When I first bought the first book of these series into school after I finished reading it I let a friend borrow it. Then I bought in the Reptile Room when it was first realesed I let another friend borrow it and it began a trend. Now everyone wants to get their hands on these great books. I liked the Reptile Room becasue I thought having doctor Lucafont being the hook-handed man was a very good twist. I also like that even though the story started out very pleasent for Violet, Klaus and Sunny Count Olaf still appeared in their lives again. I give all the books in his Lemony Snicket's series a five star review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
TAMARA: All Vera did was shrug. "I dunno. I would think seeing your dad would be pretty important." I stayed quiet. Vera is my BEST friend. But even l don't tell her everything. Yes, she knows my parents are divorced. But she doesn't knoe that, sercretly, it kinda bites at me. I haven't seen my dad for... 14 years and it wasn't the fact that I didn't know him that bothered me but that l didn't HAVE a father figure. <p> I really didn't pay attention to the movie. I sat thinking, wondering.<p> KAYLYNN: Dad hung up, smiling a little to himself. I didn't ask any questions. He would tell me if he wanted to. I took off the old boots and washed my hands. Mom was very particular about touching ANYTHING after doing something with the animals. <P> Jenny Drakeson isn't my actual mother. My dad and her were married when l was five. But l hardly think about it because she is the only mother I have known. My real mother and my dad divorced when l was really little. I do want to know who she is. But right now, l am ashamed to say, l couldn't be bothered by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book anyone who likes mysteries like me DEFINATALEY SHOULD READ IT!! I would give it 10000000 Stars
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
So onto the next guardian, Montgomery Montgomery. This one is one of my favorites in the series thus far. Fun reads. And sunny is adorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series is amazing! You should really read it. You'll be sorry if you don't because once you start reading you can't stop! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS SO GOOD ONCE I START READING I CANT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days!