Title: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publication Date: February 20th 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“The children knew, as I’m sure you know, that there is usually no reason to be afraid of the dark, but even if you are not particularly afraid of something, you might not want to get near it”
If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read. Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda. I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
This installment wasn’t my favorite but there was still lots to enjoy about it.
The Baudelaire children are back again and as unlucky as usual. This time the Baudelaire’s are staying with a couple that is obsessed with anything “in,” meaning trendy. This leads to some great satire and some really fun situations. The woman they are staying with is very cold, and shows the children no affection. Her husband, on the other hand, is compassionate towards the children but a complete coward. The Bauderlaire’s are still looking for the triplets and watching out for when Count Olaf is going to appear next.
I have been loving this series and although this wasn’t my favorite, it was still an enjoyable read. I loved the story line about wanting only things that were trendy, including foster children. It is what really made this book to me. The idea of getting foster children but they were trending in that town among the rich is priceless and a little too on the nose. One of my favorite things so far that has be satirized in these books.
The kids were endearing as ever and it was nice to see that we are starting to break formula a bit from the same pattern as the first five books. I love that there is a mystery to what in the world V.F.D is and it’s most certainly motivating me to read more in the series. It’s driving me mad that I can’t figure it out! Oh, and who the hack is Beatrice!!!! I must know these answers!
You see most of the same regulars show up in this one, yep that means Olaf is back. I like that he is not as front and center as before though. They are starting to focus on different elements, as well as adding more villainous characters to the list. The reason I only gave this one three stars is because I found myself a little bored a few times and having to push through. I think if the book had been just a little shorter, it would have been a better read. I don’t have a lot of complaints about it though, it’s possible that I just got a bit bored because I read six of these in a row and I needed a break. Either way, I’d still recommend this book if you enjoyed the other in the series.