The Carnivorous Carnival

The Carnivorous Carnival

Book - 2002
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On the run as suspected murderers, the unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves trapped in the Caligari Carnival, where they must masquerade as freaks in order to hide from the evil Count Olaf.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 286 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9780064410120
Branch Call Number: j Snic
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett


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Jun 30, 2021

In the ninth book of the legendary book series that is known as “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, a family who are homeless named the Baudelaires arrive at the meeting of interesting people. Throughout this entire experience, the young detectives encounter many enemies, most notably Count Olaf. Challenge after challenge and obstacle over obstacle, the detectives overcome everything thrown at them for every direction.

This book is the epitome of a rollercoaster ride of emotions for the readers as every word written built suspense for the reader. This book demonstrates the various challenges that young children go through at times when it comes to balancing all facets of life whether it be school or something as extreme as being a detective in a way. My main critique of the book is that the ending was predictable, meaning that it spoiled the end of the book. Regardless, this thrilling book is one that I would recommend to anyone who wants a fantastic book to read from beginning to end.

Age Rating: 8+

Sep 04, 2019

This was another great book in the series! I like how now the books are changed up a bit unlike the first 4 books! This book was exciting and full of suspense. To be honest those, this is probably the most depressing book of the series so far, but I still liked it a lot. I found what the hook-handed man said about the freaks to be both ironic and funny! All in all a great book!

Jun 05, 2019

Questions can be important, but answers are not always available. Just like the Baudelaires, who receive no real answers in this book, I myself have no answer as to why you continue to read this distressing story. Some answers we'll never know, though.

This book is full of misery and despair, beginning with a ride in a dark trunk and ending with a harrowing ride down a mountain. In these pages, Olaf uses lions and another fire to wreak mayhem at Caligari Carnival. With fewer answers and more questions, the Baudelaire orphans continue to try and solve the mysteries of their lives, all while enduring woeful situations and unfortunate events that seem to never end.

If you must pick up this book, then you will see more of said unfortunate events, but alas for you! You will need to pick up the next book to see what happens next. Why not just pick up a comedy instead?

pink_panther_736 Feb 04, 2019

This book is probably the best one yet, in the series! I had to take off one star, though, because Madame Lulu was you-know-what by the you-know-who's. COUGH-eaten-COUGH-COUGH-by-the-lions-COUGH-COUGH-COUGH. (that was Mr. Poe. Somehow he got a hold of my computer.) *sigh* This book is a little darker and heavier than the last few, I have to admit. They're all kind of like that, though. Overall, love the books, they're great, love you, Lemony. Keep up the good work, L.

Aug 07, 2018

This series is detrimental to all hope. Just saying as a warning. I can't even say I've been betrayed, because Snicket continues to tell me to put this series down if I want to be cheered up.

Jun 13, 2018

Pretty intense. Big cliffhanger at the end. Sad ending as usual. Great story. Probably my favourite so far.

Mar 24, 2018

This is a great series! This book is amazing, too. I like how suspenseful it is. There was also betrayal and some death. The death is ok for kids because it doesn't go into detail. There was plot twists that kept you on the edge of your seat until the last word. This book is amazing and I like this one more than Book 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7. I haven't read 8 yet and I have it on hold. This one is very good and I would read it many more times! :)

PimaLib_Kids Mar 11, 2016

It has suspense, a lot of emotion, mystery, and you love the characters even the villains!! ~Ella, age 10 1/2.

Aug 10, 2015

Excellent book!

hania4987 Aug 20, 2014

"Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival

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Nov 30, 2020

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pink_panther_736 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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TDSRC2013_IR Jul 18, 2013

In the book, a sinister villain named Count Olaf tries to steal the Baudelaire fortune. So to figure out his schedmes, the Baudelaires follow him to a carnival and disguise themselves as freaks.


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Sep 04, 2019

“It’s not polite to comment on other people’s appearances,” (Hook Handed Man). “Now ladies and gentlemen gaze with horror on Hugo, the hunchback!” “Instead of a regular back, he has a big hump that makes him look very freakish!” {Page 83}


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