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The Carnivorous Carnival [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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Oct. 17 2002 Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 9)

Dear Reader,

The word "carnivorous," which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating," and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.

To avoid causing discomfort, it would be best if I didn't mention any of the unnerving ingredients of this story, particularly a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crowd, a wooden plank, and Chabo the Wolf Baby.

Sadly for me, my time is filled with researching and recording the displeasing and disenchanting lives of the Baudelaire orphans. But your time might be better filled with something more palatable, such as eating your vegetables, or feeding them to someone else.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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In the ninth title in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Carnivorous Carnival, the Baudelaire siblings are falsely accused of murder. On the run from Count Olaf (the real killer), the three disguise themselves in Madame Lulu's House of Freaks; Violet and Klaus masquerade as the two-headed Beverly/Elliot; Sunny poses as Chabo the Wolf Baby. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-This installment in the woeful tale of the unlucky Baudelaire orphans takes them (via the trunk of Count Olaf's car, unbeknownst to him) to the Caligari Carnival in the middle of the hinterlands. Madame Lulu has used her crystal ball in the past to help him find the children after their narrow escapes, but this time he also wants her to discern the truth about whether or not either of their parents is still alive. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny disguise themselves as freaks so that they can stay at the carnival and hopefully get to the crystal ball before the Count does. They suffer the indignation of performing in their new roles, face off a bloodthirsty mob, and escape from a pit of hungry lions. New and deviously entertaining characters are added to the cast, including Kevin the ambidextrous man, Colette the contortionist, and Hugo the hunchback. The humor is as sharp as ever, the suspense will keep readers at the edge of their seats, and the cliff-hanger ending will make them eagerly await the next episode.
Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest book of the Series so far April 19 2004
By A Customer
In A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Carnivorous Carnival, the Baudelaire children must find the meaning of V.F.D. and see if one of their parents is still alive. At first, the Baudelaire children must disguise themselves in order to blend in. They disguise themselves as a two-headed person and a wolf baby.
In the carnivorous carnival, Count Olaf and his gang ask Madam Lulu (the fortune-teller) to tell them where the Baudelaires are and more. To get Madam Lulu to tell them more, Count Olaf has to bribe her by buying lions for her to use in the show. While the Baudelaires are at the carnival, Violet and Klaus are the two-headed freak (Beverly and Elliot) and Sunny is the Wolf baby (Chabo). While they are there they meet the other freaks named Kevin (ambidextrous), Hugo (hunchback), and Colette contortionist). Also, Count Olaf has decided that each time the crowds came, they would take out a piece of paper to decide who would be thrown into the lion pit. To find out who will be thrown into the pit, you'll have to read this exciting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Carnivorous Carnival April 1 2004
The Carnivorous Carnival
Author:Lemony Snicket
Reviewed by:J.Li
Period 1
The Baudelaire orphans went to a carnival with Count Olaf in the back of his car and were dressed up as freaks. They wanted to find out if one of their parents are still alive and this lady who can find answers to any questions just by looking into her cyrstal ball. However, they find out that the lady is part of the V.F.D. and the Baudelaires and she are planning for a escape. They also found out that the crystal ball is not magical and that she uses resources from libraries and newspapers to find the answers to the questions that people ask. At the end, the lady dies, Count Olaf takes Sunny away, throws Violet and Klaus into the mountains.
I like this book because it starts another story at the end of the book. It makes you want to go straight to the next book and find out what happens. This way it makes the stories more exciting.
I don't like this book because in every plot, if something good can happen, it always turns out bad-that's why it's called A Series of Unfortunate Events. You just want something good to happen and let the story end with a "happily ever after" but it never does.
My favorite part of the book was when the Baudelaire find out that the lady with the crystal ball was a good person and that she was part of V.F.D, Madame Lulu. The Baudelaires could finally find out what V.F.D. stands for and where the headquarters is.
My least favorite part of the book was when Madame Lulu gets killed and could not tell the Baudelaires the secrets of V.F.D. It could have turned out to be a happy ending but just because of that, it couldn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully great!!!! March 17 2004
By A Customer
This book was my second favorite in the series, The Slippery Slope being first,(there is only ten out right now.) This is also my second favorite series, Harry Potter being my favorite series.

Fyi: *the movie is supposed to come out in September or October* *the authors real name is not Lemony Snicket, it is just the name he writes under* *There is going to be thirteen books(unlucky number)* *There is always thirteen (unlucky number) chapters in his books* *This series rocks*
If you do not want to know the plot of the story, then do not read the rest of my review.

Who: The three main characters in all the books are Sunny, Klause, and Violet.

When: This book takes place during modern times.

Where: This story takes place at a carnival.

pro's: We find out how Count Olaf always knows where the siblings go, we figure out what the eye stands for, and we know where the V.F.D headquarters is (just to name a few.)

con's: There simply weren't any!

***To make this book more enjoyable you should read the books in order***
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Freaky Adventure Feb. 29 2004
By A Customer
The Carnivorous Carnival, by Lemony Snicket, is the ninth book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. Like the other books in the series, this book is full of adventure. As you well know if you have read the other books in the series, the whole story is a big mystery of where the snicket file is, did the Baudelaire children's parents survive the fire and are they still alive, and what is Count Olaf up to and planning next. This is what Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, the three Baudelaires, ask themselves every morning when they wake up whether it's at the Austere Academy, in a house that is on a cliff over a lake of flesh eating leaches, or in Count Olaf's house itself. They are still trying to find the answers.

Count Olaf and the Baudelaires are at a carnival. Disguised as freaks, the Baudelaires try to find out what Count Olaf is up to. As the story goes along, Count Oalf figures out where the Baudelaire children are from a fake fortune-teller. Then, Count Olaf tries to dump the children into a pit of hungry lions, but they escape.
I especially couldn't put the book down at the end when the Baudelaires are disguised as a baby wolf and a two headed jerk that can't eat an ear of corn. Violet and Klaus are about to be thrown into a pit of hungry lions that haven't eaten in days. The funny thing was how clever they were to have the most un-put together plan to escape, but I won't tell you what it was.
Another frightful and scary part was at the very end when Count Olaf found out that the two freaks were really the Baulelaires and then, as they were driving up the mountain, he cut the rope that was used to tie Count Olaf's black car to the wagon that Klaus and Violet were in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book was for my granddaughter and was in very good shape - thank you
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Ashe
5.0 out of 5 stars one of th best
The Carnivorous Carnival is definently one of the best Lemony Snicket books i have ever read. This time the kids hitch a ride in the back off Count Olafs car to the Hinterlands. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the series
I really love the Series of Unfortunate Events. This one is one of my favorites of the series along with the Wide Window (3), The Austere Academy (5), and the Hostile Hospital... Read more
Published on May 30 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars responce to literture
In the book The Series of Unfortunate Events The Carnivorous Carnival there are three children's names are Klaus, Sunny, and Violet. Read more
Published on April 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book
The Carnivorous Carnival is a great book as well as the whole series. In each book Count Olaf disguises himself as someone different, then tries to kill the kids owners and capture... Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Short Book
The narration style in the books A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is almost as unique and creative as the eccentric characters, the scary and interesting settings... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of the Carnies
Get ready to unlock the secrets of the carnies. The three Count orfins started off in a trunk of a car, or should I say their worst nightmare's car. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lemony Snicket Fan's Review (AG)
I am a fifth grader that picked up this book at independent reading. It is part of the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The ferocious beast
My opinion of the book is wonderful. I thought the book was great because it is about big, ferocious lions. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004
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