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After any harrowing struggle, it is nice to consider checking into a hotel for a rest. In fact, this might be just the break Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire could use after their wearying deep-sea adventure.
A hotel can be a good choice for any family vacation. With so many floors, such a variety of rooms, and a curious array of guests, spending time in the safety of the right hotel can be the perfect learning environment for children of any age. A keen researcher like Klaus, an adept inventor like Violet, and a sharp-toothed culinary master like Sunny are all sure to find engaging diversions during their stay.
Regardless of how they pass their time while at a hotel, the three siblings will be sure to take in all the interesting sights and sounds -- and write them down -- just in case this episode turns out to be the darkest yet in a series of unfortunate events.
About The Author
To the uninitiated, his name may sound more like dessert than good reading; but Lemony Snicket (known to communicate through emissary Daniel Handler, shown here) is a star author to readers who are hooked on his gloomy A Series of Unfortunate Events books. You never know what will happen to those poor Baudelaire orphans next -- only that whatever it is, it's going to be a head-shaking shame.
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The Penultimate Peril is the twelfth 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 find themselves in a taxi on the way to the Hotel Denouement.
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, acting in a freak show, being thrown off a mountain, almost dying from a lethal fungus 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 cooks.
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 finally reaching the Hotel Denouement, where they dress as concierges to carry out observations of hotel guests: telling apart noble volunteers from treacherous villains proves difficult. They encounter most of their noble friends, many of whose foolish acts disappointed them, and those under whose charge they suffered much during all their adventures since they became orphans. A confrontation with Count Olaf and a harpoon has a very unfortunate outcome, and Count Olaf and the siblings stand trial to determine their innocence or guilt.
The theme of responsible adults letting down the siblings with foolish actions at every tur
Series: Series of Unfortunate Events
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: October 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 13.2 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.38