A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room [NOOK Book]

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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.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room

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Overview

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.

Ages 10+

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061757143
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 20,625
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.


Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. 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.

Biography

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & Noble.com. "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

Good To Know

Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. 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.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Reptile room

    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!!!!!!!!

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Very good book

    I love this series. Its very addicting to read. You have been warned.

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Grea

    Lemony Snicket is a great author. He is creative in ways I can only imagine.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Five stars

    If only there were fifty stars,then i would rate that.

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Great book

    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

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Anthony Was here

    I really like it!!!!!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    To:its alright

    This it the best book ever rate it better next time!!!!!! I mean come on

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I love his storys

    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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    awesome

    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.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Amazing

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Amazing series

    My friends told me about this series and now im addicted to it. Definetly 5 star series keep up the good work Lemoney Snicket!!! : )

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    The Unfortunate Events Scores Fortunate Rates!

    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.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Yay

    So far this has been the best 1 yet!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Love

    I love the series. See the first story is about these three children. Their parnets died in a fire and a man named Mr.Poe took them in under his wing and raised them till he found a relative. The relative is Count Olaff and he demands that Violet marry him so that he can get the Baudelaire fortune. And if Violet doesnt marry him he will drop their litte sister, Sunny off of a tower. So Violet's brother, Klaus reads a book and tells Violet a plan to sign the paper with her left hand insteed of her right hand so that they arent leagally married. I thank my best friend Bethany for getting me into these series.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Awsome book

    Best series ever

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Awsome

    I read this book in two days!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    I love it

    This is the best book ever i love them so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    :'(

    I didnt like when Sunny and the viper got seperated!!! Sorry for spoilling! :'(

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Dear Problem

    How does the last book end?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Love it

    Best book ever this is best series ever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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