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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snicket's back and better than ever!
Orphans are in and that means one thing. Esme and Jerome Squalor want to adopt the Baudelaire orphans. Violet, Sunny, and Klaus go and live with The Squalors at their penthouse at 667 Dark Aveneue. Just when they are settling in, their nemesis starts to appear. Gunther, who claims to be an auctioneer, is indeed not who he says he is. This gets the Baudelaires...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Christian Diaz
This book is called the ersatz elevator the author is Lemony Snicket. Characters are Klaus, Sunny, and Violet Baudelaire. A man named Count Olaf he dresses up in various costumes to try to steal the Baudelaires so he can get their fortune.

In this book the Baudelaires are adopted by Esme squalor just because owning orphans are in. so they move into Dark...
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snicket's back and better than ever!, February 21, 2001
This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
Orphans are in and that means one thing. Esme and Jerome Squalor want to adopt the Baudelaire orphans. Violet, Sunny, and Klaus go and live with The Squalors at their penthouse at 667 Dark Aveneue. Just when they are settling in, their nemesis starts to appear. Gunther, who claims to be an auctioneer, is indeed not who he says he is. This gets the Baudelaires investigating, and that leads them through many new adventures and mysteries.
"The Ersatz Elevator" is Snicket at his best since "The Wide Window." This sixth edition in the series is a very important one as it the base of knowing of what's to come. If you have read the other five novels in "The Series of Unfortunate Events," then you must read this one. If not, start with the others. This is the most addicting of the books yet. We've had to wait since August for this book, so there's no reason at all why this marvelous one should not be read. Snicket is getting better and better each time he writes a new volume. A definite must read.
Happy Reading!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baudelaire orphans' miserable adventures continue., February 17, 2001
This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
After the series of disastrous events at Prufrock Preparatory School, and the kidnapping of their only friends, the two Quagmire triplets, the three Baudelaire orphans have been sent to live with the wealthy Esme Squalor and her husband Jerome in their seventy-one bedroom penthouse at 667 Dark Avenue. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are happy to be returning to the city where they were born, but they fear for the capture Quagmires, who are at the mercy of Count Olaf, and naturally, they fear Count Olaf has yet another dastardly plan to steal the Baudelaire fortune. And their new guardians aren't doing much to ease their fears. Jerome is kind but naive, and Esme only cares about what's fashionable and what's not. As usual, it's up to the Baudelaires to save themselves from the clutches of the evil Count Olaf and his dastardly accomplices. This was one of my favorite books in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I reccomend this darkly funny book to all fans of the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously different, May 19, 2001
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This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
This isnt your ordinary kids book. It doesn't deserve to be labeled a kids book in the first place, but there you are.
Though it was quite clearly written for kids, its a blast to read for all ages. The plot is gripping, the characters are fascinating, and sometimes the story is quite disturbing (I would advise parental discretion), but what stands out most is the way this book is written.
The dark, twisty plot line is puncuated by the authors wry humor. Example: "The book you are holding in your two hands right now... assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you only have two hands... is one of two books in the world that will show you the difference between "nervous" and "anxious". The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead... unlike this book, the dictionary describes words that are far more plesant to contemplate. The word "bubble" is in the dictionary, for instance, as is the word "peacock", and the words "the" "authors" "execution" "has" "been" "cancelled", which make a setence that is always plesant to hear..."
Of course, there is a plot in all this, and it begins with the protagonists, three orphans, being anxious (not nervous!) about moving to a foster home. This is the sixth foster home they've been to since their parents died. Their former guardians were not very bright, and most of them met an untimely end at the hands of this books antagonist, Count Olaf. (As I said, this book is not for younger kids.) The nasty count spends a lot of time devising devious plans to kidnap the orphans and steal their parents treasure, though in this book, he has different plans in mind.
In short, when you open up this book, get ready for a strange, dark, and strangely funny reading expirence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elevator is Out, April 16, 2003
This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
After "The Austere Academy", I wondered whether this series of books could get any better. They can and they did. In "The Ersatz Elevator", the sixth book in this series, the Baudelaire orphans move in with a non-relative in a penthouse apartment. While you might think that a penthouse apartment (which has something like 71 bedrooms) and kitchens, and sitting rooms, and on and on, would be a lovely place to live, you would be thinking wrong, because this is one of the books in "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and those of you that have read the previous books know that little good comes to pass concerning the Baudelaire orphans.
This time the problem is that Esme Squalor (the sixth most important financial advisor in the city) and her husband Jerome are way too hung up on what is "in". Esme must go to only the "in" restaurants; she must wear only "in" clothes, which includes the children, and on and on. Unfortunately, being "in" also means multiple compromises in terms of comfort. For example, the penthouse is on the top of a building with 66 stories, and elevators are "out". So the Squalors and the Baudelaires must walk up and down the 66 stories each time the go in to and out from the building. They certainly received sufficient exercise. Before I forget, orphans are also "in".
Of course, we know that Count Olaf must eventually show up, and he does. However, there is a mystery. We find that Count Olaf went up to the apartment and did not later leave the building. Therein lies the crux of the mystery for this story.
This story climaxes with the children running briefly into old friends, and then losing them again. They also nearly catch Count Olaf, again. In the end, the children are forced to find a new home once again. Unfortunately I am unable to tell you more, because Lemony Snicket, should he ever escape from his current predicament, would hunt me down and provide me with agony should I reveal the end of this Baudelaire tale. Suffice it to say that the Baudelaires have their best adventure yet, with even better to come.
This series has had its strong points and its weak points. In general this book is one of the better ones in the series, readily matching "The Austere Academy". In addition to the direct lessons provided in the book, the children once again are masters of their own fates, and are forced to get themselves out of their predicaments with minimal adult help. I also enjoyed the moral tale provided by Lemony Snicket regarding people that must always keep up with everyone else in style or fashion. For this last point alone the book is a must-read for every teenage child.
The violence in this story is a bit more muted than in some of the previous books, and I think that an 8 or 9 year old child should be able to handle the story well. Certainly Esme could generate a great deal of family discussion of status and whether status is sufficiently important to cause people pain or to break laws.
In keeping with the trend of the last book, this book continues to expose the children to new experiences and to challenge their abilities to take care of themselves. Once again, while there are certainly negative aspects to the story, the positive aspects outweigh the negatives. This book is easily a good successor to "The Austere Academy", and sets a standard for the next books in the series. I will tell you now that the next two books are just as good as or better than this book and "The Austere Academy", thus continuing the excellence of this unconventional children's series. 5 stars again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, February 18, 2001
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This book is amazing! It has all the suspense, humor, andmystery of the other books. The Quagmire twins reappear again, aperson they trust betrays them, and everybody does a lot more in thebooks. Violet has more inventions, Klaus puts his thinking power to anew level, and Sunny is more involved. Also, the book gets youthinking and questioning. More mysteries appear like a charactermentioning Beatrice stealing, a secret passage that leades to a placethe Baudelaire orphans know well, and, again, the mysteriousinitals. Everything is done to the max. I strongly recomend readingthis book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet!!!, April 14, 2001
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This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
Out of all 6 books in this series, The Ersatz Elevator is the best. The Baudelaires' new guardians, Jerome and Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalor, of course aren't good. Esme is obsessed with what's in and what's out (in: stylish! out: not!), and sadly stuff like parsley soda and aqueous martinis are in. The penthouse apartment has 71 bedrooms, and other rooms too, but Violet doesn't have any tools (tools are out), Klaus has books like "Boots Were In In 1812", and Sunny has normal soft baby toys. So, they're miserable. Of course. (*sob*)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Yet!, February 19, 2001
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"zelly4ny" (Maycomb, Alabama) - See all my reviews
The Baudelaire orphans this time go to live with the sixth most important financial advisor in the city and her husband. Stairs are "in" and elevators are "out", so they have to walk to the penthouse on the sixty-sixth floor, the average of 48 and 84. But when they encounter Count Olaf, they realize that their explanation of where the Quagmire triplets are is right under their noses! But alas! Don't be fooled by this review! THis story is part of the unfortunate events series! They neverhave a happy ending. But still, it's reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelly good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ersatz Elevator, January 17, 2006
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This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
The miserable life of the Baudeliare orphans has another depressing tale with more depressing characters. This is the sixth of he tales. Sunney, the youngest of the orphans has very sharp teeth and is learning to talk. The middle Baudeliare, Klaus, is a very intelligent bookworm. Violet, the oldest of the three orphans, is known for building many contraptions to solve many problems the Baudeliares faced. Mr. Poe was the Baudeliare's coughing best friend. He held the Baudelaire Fortune. Esme Squalor was a caretaker for the orphans that lived in the penthouse of 667 Dark Avenue with her husband Jerome. Jerome was a kind caretaker and taught the Baudeliares how to slide down banisters.

The Baudeliares became orphans on a foggy afternoon on Briny Beach. They saw a shadow coming down to them and it was Mr. Poe telling them that their house had burned down and their parents were killed. Since that day, one man, Count Olaf, has ruined their lives by attempting to steal their fortune. They now come back to the city where they lived before the fire to live with the Squalors in the penthouse of 667 Dark Avenue. Esme teaches the Baudeliares that the elevators are "out" and the stairs are "in". They also learn that a friend of Esme is an auctioneer doing an auction very soon and that "VFD" is it it. The orphans found in an earlier book that VFD could in fact save their lives so they are hunting for it at all costs.

In my opinion the book on a scale of 1-10 was a 9. It would have been a 10 if I was looking for a depressing book, and the humor Snicket put into such a sad book is unbelivable. This book is one of the best in its series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing outstanding book, January 10, 2003
A Kid's Review
This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
The Ersatz Elevator is about three orphans named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. The orphans are called the Baudelaire orphans that is what everyone calls them. This book is the sixth in the series and it is outstanding. The Baudelaires are trying to live a happy life but Count Olaf is always messing it up. The Baudelaires go to live with the Squalors, their new guardians, on 667 Dark Street. They worry about Count Olaf a mean villain that has been trying to steal the Baudelaire fortune ever since their parents died in a tragic fire. Count Olaf also kidnapped the Quagmire triplets that are friends of the Baudelaires. The Baudelaires are trying to figure out the secret of V.F.D. I liked the book because it made me try to guess what was going to happen next in all the bad things that happen. I also liked if there was a big word or a weird phrase that the writer would explain what they mean and use them throughout the book. The book is written in first person and is in present tense and it's good that way. The description in this book is great I could actually see what the writer was talking about in my mind. I gave this book four stars because I like how the kids take things into their own hands instead of talking to an adult. This book is full of humor and suspense. The bad things that happen are very funny. Lemony Snicket is a great writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book Is NOT Ersatz!, August 31, 2002
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This review is from: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6) (Hardcover)
The Ersatz Elevator is such a book that you wouldn't want to put it down. The plot has a twist that it is of course hard to believe. I would have to say this is the best book out of the most recent I have read (The Hostile Hospital, Book the Eigth). It really puts more flavor into the upcoming sequels and thus you must read it! So many new things are discovered, and it is quite unbelievable that so much information is concealed in this one book. Unfortunately, one minor con is that you will have to read this about 2 times unless you're majorly perceptive or you read a page quite slowly and take in every word (I've tried it but it just hasn't worked out~ hehe).But, if you are a diehard fan of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, this is completely worthwile, 200%! If you are a beginner on the tracking of the three Baudelaires (orphans? I know that there is a survivor, as read in An Unauthorized Autobiography)this is worth only one read and just get on with it. Although I would like to rate this book 4.5, I believe that Lemony Snicket deserves 5 stars for the book overall, not the plot but the layout. Just the way the reader would read the gracefully layed out book. Such a book to appreciate that no matter what you've rated it, the intimate reader would overide you decision with a five star.
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