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Has anyone read any of the Lemony Snicket books? Would they be suitable for a ten year old?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9315 points ) October 23rd, 2012

I have a niece who loved the movie. Harper Collins is coming out with a new book (first in a series of four). I know nothing about these books. Would she enjoy them?

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Sunny2's avatar

I would think so. His humor is aimed at 10–12 year olds.

PhiNotPi's avatar

The Series of Unfortunate Events is suitable for children. His books are aimed for children and have no bad language or similar things.

On a side note, the plot of the movie is completely different than the plot of those books.

wundayatta's avatar

Absolutely! They would be great for a ten year old and up. Adults can have fun with them, too.

But figure me this. My daughter read all thirteen of them, as soon as them came out (or however many there are). My son has absolutely no interest in any of them.

You can read the first two chapters of the new book at the link you provided. It looks like it doesn’t have much to do with the prior series, except that it’s the same character. That’s my guess anyway, since they said a “young” Lemony Snicket.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

@PhiNotPi Tell me more about the books (plot).

PhiNotPi's avatar

I recommend that you read the Wikipedia articles for each book individually. A lot of stuff happens in the series, but the movie was basically ¼ of the first book, ¼ of the second book, ¼ of the third book, and another ¼ of the first book. Nothing from the last ten books in the series.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I used to read them to my little sisters, and I’m pretty sure my youngest sister was even younger than 10 at the time. They are kids books, more or less.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was in first grade (so about 6 or 7) but then again I was not a normal child. I read them over and over and over. It was the first book series I became obsessed with. Sometimes I still read them.
They are written for young adults, I believe, so I think the books would be appropriate for 10 year olds, definitely.
The movie was an abomination to the book series.
I think Lemony Snicket is very unique, and if you want to expose your children to different writing styles and different kinds of literature, Snicket is an excellent way to do that. He has a style that is so refreshingly different from a lot of other children’s authors.

Even though I am now 17, I am definitely going to buy his new books.

@MamaCakes The most basic plot of the entire series is that these three orphaned siblings are being sent from place to place to live with various relatives and other places, and their first guardian is the main antagonist. The children’s parents were very rich and left them a large fortune which they would inherit when the eldest child turned 18. The antagonist, Count Olaf, tries to kidnap the children all throughout the series so that he can gain the fortune.

newtscamander's avatar

Definitely, my teacher read them to my class in second grade and we adored them. This was a class of students between seven and ten years.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Then someone is getting a whole lotta Lemony Snicket for her birthday is a few weeks.

ThrownRiverStone's avatar

It’s been a while but I have only positive memories reading one of the Unfortunate Events books (the first one I think). I was 13 at the oldest.

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