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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ISBN-13: 9780064410120
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 24,535
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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.


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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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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Carnivorous Carnival 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 450 reviews.
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!
martensgirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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 :-)
catz on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really like how they meet new friends in this book and how their friends help them.
riverwillow on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In which the Baudelaires become carnival freaks and discover how Count Olaf has managed to track them down. The siblings continue on their quest to find out if one of their parents survived the fire. This book ends with the siblings in a terrible situation.
KeRo0306 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
ababe92 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I did not really enjoy this one. It was weird and was not that interesting. I do not recommend children to read this book.
bibliophyte on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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!
davidabrams on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Even after reading nine volumes of Lemony Snicket¿s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I¿m still trying to figure out which part of me enjoys the books the most: the nine-year-old inner child who had an unnatural predeliction for morbidity (for example, one of my favorite Sunday School lessons was the Crucifixion, particularly when they got to the part with the crown of thorns and the agony of the nails), or the thirty-nine-year-old outer child who still prefers the glum and gloomy (clouds dark with rain, Bergman films, picking my cuticles ¿til they bleed¿that sort of thing). The kid in me loves the fact that nothing good ever happens to Snicket¿s trio of plucky orphans: Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, left parentless thanks to a house fire prior to the opening of Book One. The kids attract bad luck like black shirts attract dandruff and I, for one, appreciate the militantly anti-Pollyanna stance. Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) has created a world conspicuously void of sunshine, lollipops and puppy dogs and even if the occasional lollipop does turn up, it¿s likely to have a coating of lint-fuzz from the pocket of the winter coat you last wore in April (precisely the day when you stuffed the half-sucked sucker into the pocket, thinking you¿d save it for later that night). If I¿d had the Snicket books thirty years ago, they would have been my gospel of gloom. I probably would have replaced that bedroom poster of Joan of Arc burning at the stake with one of the Baudelaire orphans in the clutches of evil Count Olaf. (Don¿t let me kid you, my childhood wasn¿t all gothic horror¿I also had a poster of Barry Manilow¿but that¿s another story for a different day.) There¿s been a rather longish wait for The Carnivorous Carnival to appear (not, however, as long as the one for J.K. Rowling¿s next Harry Potter book, which is due to hit bookstores, I think, in 2008). It¿s been thirteen months since the publication of The Hostile Hospital and fervent fans like yours truly who were eager for its doleful delights had only two choices: re-read the series or administer a series of paper cuts on the webbing between the fingers using the sharp edge of a page from Franz Kafka (assuming we¿d already read the Kafka as well). And what was Mr. Snicket/Handler doing in all that time we sat around bleeding between our fingers? Besides writing Carnival, I regret to inform you he was also penning the screenplay for the big-screen version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, due in theaters next year at this time. I further regret to announce that Barry Sonnenfeld (the gentleman responsible for Men in Black II) and Jim Carrey (the gentleman responsible for How the Grinch Stole Christmas) will be responsible for this movie as well. Fans of the books may now begin administering paper cuts laterally across their wrists. I could be wrong (and I hope I am), but big-screen Lemony is a disaster waiting to happen because the pleasures of the books aren¿t necessarily found in the plots, most of which fall into a predictable formula, or the characters, most of whom are no deeper than your average paper cut. No, what really distinguishes and elevates A Series of Unfortunate Events is the impish manner in which Mr. Handler juggles language and narrative. He plays with words the way some cats play with bugs crawling across the floor¿batting them back and forth with happy cruelty before bringing them to an end with a squash (in the cat¿s case, a heavy paw; in Handler¿s hands, a period). Puns, literary allusions, elaborate verbal pranks¿you can practically hear Handler giggling as he pecks away at the keyboard. Undoubtedly, the cinematic Snicket will fail to capture that wonderful wordsmithery. As an adult, I like the fact that I can take a break from reading doorstop-heavy novels full of characters in troubled marriages, financial ruin and poor health, by sitting down with a swift, light book like The Carnivorous Carnival which begins with the Baudelaires trapped in the trun
amerynth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Really enjoyed the first third of this series, but the books have really become formulaic at this point, even with a long time between picking them up. At this point, I'm not really finding them enjoyable and am continuing only because I'd like to see how they end. Right now I feel like I could have skipped from book three to book 13 without missing a whole lot.