Book Review · Children

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket


A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book #2

Genre: Children
Number of Pages: 196
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Rating: 4-star-review out of 5
Themes: Family, Persistence, Loss

downloadIn the second installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events, we follow Violet, Klaus, and Sunny on another adventure.

After getting away from that horrific distant relative, Count Olaf, the trio fall into a very pleasant routine with yet another relative – Uncle Monty. They really enjoy Uncle Monty’s happiness, care, and love for his reptiles in ‘The Reptile Room’. However, when Monty’s assistant disappears, Stephano appears ready to lend a helping hand on their Peru trip. The children can’t help but become suspicious of how familiar Stephano is…


These poor kids can’t get a break!

I love how the children continue to use their wits and resourcefulness throughout this read to solve the identity of Stephano and how will their convince Mr. Poe of his true identity. I actually found myself wondering what Violet had up her sleeve at times, and she surprised me with good common sense that even I missed!

Lemony Snicket continues his odd, dark humor style in this second book. In my previous review of The Bad BeginningI spoke about how much I found Snicket’s little warnings throughout the read of the children’s unhappy ending enjoyable and funny. Here, he continues this style of writing. The difference is that in this book he distinctly gives a piece of the plot away, and I don’t know how I feel about that. I can understand that perhaps he wanted to give children a heads up on an occurrence and not be too shocked by it, but for me? It took away some of the mystery and intensity of the book.

A couple of other thoughts occurred to me while reading:

  • Do these children go to school?
    • Sunny is just a baby, but Klaus is twelve and Violet is fourteen…
  • How is Mr. Poe so oblivious to things right under his nose?
    • This is probably meant to add to the humor for young readers, but it made me want to shake him. 🙂

Overall, the second installment was fun and quick, and I can’t wait to continue the series!

Yes, I would. To those who enjoyed the first installment and for those (upper elementary and older) who enjoy a bit of dark humor.

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