04 June, 2014

Book Review: The Slippery Slope

From Goodreads: Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided. Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The 10th book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without.

Thoughts: Book the 10th! Book 9 left us on a bit of a cliff hanger with the Baudelaire's separated by Count Olaf's dastardly deeds.
A few things happen in this book. Sunny is acknowledged as no longer being a baby. New friends are made, old villains retire and some questions are answered. As these things go, more questions are asked! It is obvious however, that we are starting to draw near the end. The books are no longer just about Count Olaf's quest for the Baudelaire fortune, but are about finding the truth - not only about the death of the Baudelaire parents, but the truth about their lives as well.
The kids I am pleased to say are just as eager for each new book as the old finishes as they have been the whole series. That alone tells me how good the series is. If you are able to keep the attention of children for over a year as the story evolves you are obviously doing something right. We only have three books to go - hopefully we knock it off before the end of the school year!