Book Review · Children · Young Adult

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3

Genre: Children/Young Adult
Number of Pages: 232
Rating: 4-star-review out of 5
Themes: Family, Orphans, Persistence, Loss

downloadThe unfortunate events continue on for the Baudelaire orphans in the third installment of this quirky series.

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have high hopes in starting over with yet another relative, Aunt Josephine. As with their luck, this aunt is a bit strange. She is quite fearful of the most mundane things. This includes telephones, doorknobs, and even realtors! However, what she is most afraid of is the nearby lake and its man-eating leeches! But, at least they have a roof over their heads and are away from the evil Count Olaf…or are they…?


The Wide Window follows the same setup as the other two books – the children get a new guardian, Count Olaf appears, and they have to find some way to escape from him by using their special talents. Also, Lemony Snicket’s style of writing continues on – defining words as the story goes along, warnings about how the unfortunate the Baudelaire children, etc.

The only real difference here is the setting (near a lake) and one main character (Aunt Josephine). What made this read enjoyable is Aunt Josephine’s love of grammar! She corrects everyone and anyone. It was quite humorous that even in peril, she just couldn’t help in correcting the one’s grammar. I also found her irrational fears of almost everything (the stove, cars, doorknobs, etc.) humorous as well.

I enjoyed this one better than the second book, The Reptile Roombut I wouldn’t rank it as high as the first one, The Bad Beginning due to its repetition.

As a warning (as usual): There is talk about suicide, leaving a suicide note, and someone being murdered.

As with all the books, so far, I feel upper elementary and middle school aged children would be able to handle the topics and not become very frightened. Someone younger might have a tough time understanding the content of the book.

Yes, I would. To those who enjoyed the first two in the series and for those (upper elementary and older) who enjoy some dark humor.

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