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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.

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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 A Really Good Book - TRUST ME Dec 1 2002
Format:Hardcover
I am a huge lemony snicket fan. if u are u probably have alrady got this book. but even if you aren't you should still buy the book. lemony snicket makes it so good you can hardly put it down. it is much different from the rest of the books in the series. But theyre really good alredy. Also for the LS fans who ars dying for the 10th,thats called the slppery slope. also, expect to see a movie on the first book in 2003. the book is full of twists and turns. and,alexander, if you read this, I'll expect you to read the whole other 8 books first. in summmary, buy this book if you know whats good for you(and the other 8 as well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Series of Unfortunate Events Dec 9 2001
By Lea
Format:Hardcover
These books were the best books I've ever read!!! They always keep you guessing about what will happen next. These books are not like any other books. Instead of always being happy and fake the books are more like really life--except worse. I have read from 1-8 and they are all very good. These books are all like a big mystery. You should definetaly read them.
P.S.---if i could i would give it 100 stars!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of th best June 3 2004
By mike
Format:Audio CD
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. I the story the kids desquise themselves from him as freaks. Sunny dresses up as a wolf baby and Violet and Klaus dress as a two headed person. throughout the story the kids end up finding out something they really want to know but dont find out if it is 100% true. the end of this story is the most sad of them all. so i think that yu should read the book to find out what turns out to happen in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the series May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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 (8).
These books are very good. I was very suprised by many things in this book.
Read them!
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1.0 out of 5 stars responce to literture April 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In the book The Series of Unfortunate Events The Carnivorous Carnival there are three children's names are Klaus, Sunny, and Violet. They are three children who are very unlucky and get into stuff they shouldn't get in to. Olaf captured the kids and what's to get the Baudelaire fortune. Violet, sunny, and Klaus find disguises and put them on. They dressed up like a two headed person and a bay wolf. Olaf finds out who they really are and tries to put them in a pit of hungry lions. Violet tries to escape but does it work read the book to find out. This book is very interesting and I think every one should read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest book of the Series so far April 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover
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!!!!
This book was my second favorite in the series, The Slippery Slope being first,(there is only ten out right now. Read more
Published on March 17 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 A Freaky Adventure
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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
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ferocious beast
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