Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

I'm currently reading The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket with my nephew and just finished The Slippery Slope.  Although according to the author this is a sad and miserable tale of three orphans, I can't help but laugh at the author's twisted skewed view on life.  How can you dislike a book that starts out: "A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled,” describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.  The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help.  Sure enough, that poet is now dead.”  This YA book is wonderful for middle school age children, and has wonderful tangents that parents are sure to appreciate and laugh about while reading what is otherwise the sad and miserable account of the lives of three orphaned children according to the author.

For those unfamiliar with this series it starts with a fire in the beginning that burns down the family home and the series follows the adventures of, oh unfortunate events endured by, three newly orphaned children as they try to find a new guardian to care for them.  They quickly realize that this is going to be more difficult than they ever imagined because the fire that destroyed their house and killed their parents was not an accident as they originally assumed, but a crime committed by a shady villain intent on gaining custody of them, thereby also gaining the large fortune that awaits them when they come of age.  Each book is filled with adventures and tragedy as they are sent to live with a new distant relative and are once again tracked down by the dastardly villain which always results in much heartache and destruction.   Parents will love the way this author makes what would otherwise be a depressing subject matter into something that is silly at times, they will also appreciate how the author manages to sneak in new words and euphemisms explaining them throughout the course of the story.  Kids of course will love the adventures, the close calls and daring escapes, as these three children rely on each other and manage to rescue themselves time and time again.

The Slippery Slope is book #10 in The Series of Unfortunate Events, if you are interested in starting this series be sure to start out with book #1 appropriately titled TheBad Beginning.

~ Melissa

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