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A Series Of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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Sept. 9 2004 Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 11)

Dear Reader,

Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to read this book, in which the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater.

In fact, the horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and you wouldn't want me even to mention the worst of it, which includes mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.

As a dedicated author who has pledged to keep recording the depressing story of the Baudelaires, I must continue to delve deep into the cavernous depths of the orphans' lives. You, on the other hand, may delve into some happier book in order to keep your eyes and your spirits from being dampened.

With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

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It's tough when the things that stand between you and your desired sugar bowl are a host of deadly mushrooms and an uncomfortable diving suit. The unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves in deep (once again) in this eleventh book in Lemony Snicket's odd-and-full-of-woe-but-quite-funny Series of Unfortunate Events. In The Grim Grotto, the siblings find themselves headed down Stricken Stream on a broken toboggan when they are spotted by the submarine Queequeg, carrying Captain Widdershins, his somewhat volatile stepdaughter Fiona, and optimistic Phil from Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The adventures that follow as the crew tries to get to the aforementioned sugar bowl before Count Olaf are so horrible that the narrator inserts factual information about the water cycle so that readers will get bored and stop reading the book. It doesn't work. As per usual, readers will want to soak up every awful detail and follow the Baudelaires all the way back to the place we first metthem--Briny Beach. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Grade 4-7–This episode of Lemony Snicket's continuing saga of the Baudelaire orphans (HarperCollins, 2004), finds them on a sled in the Stricken Stream. They are spotted by blustery Captain Widdershins of the submarine Queequegand taken aboard. Violet, Claus, and Sunny, dressed in diving suits with Herman Melville's picture on the front, meet the captain's bookish step-daughter, Fiona and the overly-optimistic cook, Phil (from the Lucky Smells Lumberyard). The crew sets out to find a lucky sugar bowl. They arrive at the fearsome Gorgonian Grotto, Sunny is attacked by a poisonous mushroom, leaving her gasping for breath. And, to make matters worse, the crew runs into the clutches of the villainous Count Olaf, the slick and chic Esme Squalor, and the bratty Carmelita Spats. Will the Baudelaires find an antidote to save Sunny? Will they escape from Count Olaf, Esme Squalor, and Carmelita Spats' horrid singing? Will they find the sugar bowl? Narrator Tim Curry takes on the persona of each character, bringing them to life with his unique narration. The Grim Grotto is a necessary addition to all library collections so Lemony Snicket fans can hear more about the continuing tribulations of the Baudelaires.–Larry Cooperman, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery Deepens Oct. 2 2004
The Baudelaire orphans are back in another miserable story about their unhappy and desolate lives. The Grim Grotto continues to the story which has become progressively deeper and more complex since the series took on more of a movie serial format around book five or so of the series. Readers of the last 4 or 5 of the novels will enjoy this one, which delves deeper into the various mysteries surrounding the three Baudelaire children. It is unfortunate that the publishing schedule for these books leaves such a long time between instalments, as many questions are again left unanswered (what is VFD? What is the significance of the sugar bowl? who is Beatrice?)
In this book, the Baudelaire's encounter an old friend and meet some new members of VFD. Clues about the nature of that organization are sprinkled throughout the book, but as with the last several books, more questions than answers are provided and as ever, the acronym is used in several different and clever ways). Much of the action takes place in a rickety submarine run by a boisterous captain and in the grotto which is referred to in the title. The Baudelaires are still on the run from their villianous relative Count Olaf, though here he often seems more silly than sinister. The greatest danger is that faced by one of the orphans who encounters the Medusoid Mycelium, a sequence which might be the scariest and most suspenseful in the series to date.
My kids enjoy these books a lot (and I do too) and this one, like the others, is dotted with a variety of humourous literary and other allusions that are likely wasted on younger readers but are a delight for the parents who have to read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Mystery and More! Dec 7 2008
In the eleventh book in "A Series of Unfortunate Events", we find the three young Baudelaire siblings in a grim bit of trouble, escaping from the nefarious Count Olaf by riding a toboggan down the Stricken Stream, hoping to find a sugar bowl before he does.

The Baudelaire siblings don't know what is so important about the sugar bowl, only that it may mean the end of their troubles.Unsure how to get out of the Stricken Stream without drowning, the three siblings contemplate their fate. Violet, the oldest of the Baudelaires, is the best inventor the world has ever seen; even she can't figure a way out of the mess they are in. Klaus, the second oldest, is as befuddled as his sister.

He hasn't read anything in any book that would help them escape a river. Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire, can just barely hang on for dear life.Their luck looks like it may be turning, however, when a submarine floats up from underneath them. Climbing aboard the sea vessel, they are introduced to Captain Widdershins and his stepdaughter Fiona.

They are part of the mysterious organization of V. F. D., and have been on the look out for the trio of Baudelaires. The papers have been blaming the trio for all of Count Olaf's devious deeds and Widdershins and Fiona were able to guess the Baudelaires' location.They are heading towards the last safe place, which they must reach before the V. F. D. meeting commences on Thursday. Count Olaf plans to commit another act of arson. They must also find the sugar bowl before Count Olaf, otherwise, the trouble has only begun....

From start to finish, I loved this book. I have been a huge fan of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" from its beginning and this is the best book yet. I'm not just saying that either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good March 19 2007
I loved this book. I loved Klaus' ill-fated connection with the mysterious Fiona, the crisis with the mushrooms, and above all the last chapters, where the bigger mysteries of VFD finally begin coming together. The ending is probably the single best ending in the series...

I am now ready for book 12, which unfortunately I am getting only for Christmas. In the meantime a discovered a new very interesting series titled "Why some cats are rascals". Totally different story, but how captivating! I gave it for my younger sister as a Christmas gift.
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