- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (October 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006057948X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060579487
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 359 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,347,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12) Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, Audiobook
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From the Inside Flap
If this is the first book you found while searching for a book to read next, then the first thing you should know is that this next-to-last book is what you should put down first. Sadly, this book presents the penultimate chronicle of the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and the first thing you should know about this next-to-last book is that it is next-to-first in its supply of misery, despair, and unpleasantness.
Probably the next-to-last things you would like to read about are the first things you would encounter in this next-to-last book, including a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing salon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain, an unsavory curry, and several people you might find distressingly familiar and familiarly distressing.
Next-to-last things are the first thing to be avoided, and so allow me to recommend that you put this next-to-last book down first, and find something else to read next at last, such as the next-to-last book in another chronicle, or a chronicle containing other next-to-last things, so that this next-to-last book does not become the next-to-last book you will read.
About the Author
Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.
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Lemony Snicket fills this book with his trademark sense of humor, there are always 13 chapters, plenty of alliterative names, explanations of meanings of words, warnings that the reader shouldn't finish the book, and absurd situations (the roof top tanning scene is hilarious). The young Baudelaires are still far more intelligent than the adults are who never seem to recognize the children in their various disguises. Snicket gives a sly nod to critics who hated Olaf's laugh in "The Grim Grotto". While it's inevitable that the children grow up during the course of the books, the fact that Sunny speaks coherent sentences is a bit disappointing and takes away the fun of trying to decipher what she is saying.
I appreciate the humor of having 13 books in the series, but I can't help wonder if that was ultimately too ambitious for Snicket. "The Penultimate Peril" feels like filler at times, with two many questions left unanswered. Why is the sugar bowl so important? Where are the Quagmire triplets? What do the initials "VFD" stand for? Are the Baudelaire's truly orphans or is one of their parents still alive? Where the Baudelaire parents involved in wrongdoing? Can Snicket answer all these questions in the last book?
Finally, parents should be aware that there is a rather violent death toward the end of the book that is accidentally caused by the Baudelaire children. While this may open up an interesting discussion of what makes a person good or evil and can a person be both, the death may frighten young children.
This book has the reappearance of Justice Strauss,Charles,Sir,Nero,Mr.Remora,Mrs.Bass,Jerome Squalor,Mrs.Morrow,Mr.Lesko,Hugo,Collette,Kevin, and Hal.
It also features new characters like Kit Snicket,Dewey Denouement, Frank Denouement, Ernest Denouement and Geraldine Julienne.
The Baudelaire Orphans begin right where they left off. They are amazed at the appearance of Jacques Snicket` s sister. Still wondering where Quigley is. Kit tells them he is going up in the air to find Duncan and Isadora. On Thursday when the VFD meeting is he will arrive with Duncan, Isadora, and Hector.
The Baudelaire Orphans are assigned to be concierge`s an each find unpleasantness in their trips. Violet finds Esme Squalor and Carmelita Spats. Klaus finds Sir and Charles. Sunny finds Nero with Mr.Remora and Mrs.Bass.
This book leaves me wondering about Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine. Even though they are dead I think they are members of VFD. Because in this story it seems like everyone else of the Baudelaire guardianship has something to do with it. Why not them?
had to there was a cliffhanger and i that the baulderious were going to die so i had to find out what will happen.
now i cant wait to read the end of The End.
i will post my review when i am done reading it
The book itself is a nice small format hardcover with a nice heft. I am not a big fan of these books, but my review reflects the actual quality of the book and how it stacks up against hte price. It is a good deal for a nice little book.