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The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2) (original 1999; edition 2007)

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator)

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Title:The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2)
Authors:Lemony Snicket
Other authors:Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2007), Paperback, 192 pages
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The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (1999)

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I can't hardly wait to get to the next one!! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
These books are fantastic! Great bits of morality and vocabulary mixed in with an exciting story and a loveable lead trio. ( )
  aiturnizzle | Feb 4, 2014 |
Like the first book in the series, this was somewhat dark. The story took a while to get going, and even then was one dimensional. Not sure I will read the others in the series until my son is old enough to want to - as I fear the plot in every book will be repetitive. ( )
  rlangston | Jan 12, 2014 |
After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time. The sequel to The Bad Beginning, where the 3 children are yet again, finding another home for them to be looked after, after the last... turned out to be a psycho maniac that wanted to all their money.The Baudelaire orphans have to stay with the herpetologist by force because their house burned down with the mother and the father inside. ( )
  MayaB.B3 | Dec 7, 2013 |
This is by far my favorite book from the series, even though I was unable to finish the series. These books are very dull, and like the title, unfortunate. I think that's why I really like them. For once, there is a book/series with cliff hangers and not-so-happy endings. ( )
  lnmeadows | Aug 28, 2013 |
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For Beatrice -- My love for you shall live forever. You, however, did not.
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The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in the world.
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Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a long brass reading lamp, and a reappearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,



Lemony Snicket
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064407675, Hardcover)

The Reptile Room begins where Lemony Snicket's The Bad Beginning ends... on the road with the three orphaned Baudelaire children as they are whisked away from the evil Count Olaf to face "an unknown fate with some unknown relative." But who is this Dr. Montgomery, their late father's cousin's wife's brother? "Would Dr. Montgomery be a kind person? they wondered. Would he at least be better than Count Olaf? Could he possibly be worse?" He certainly is not worse, and in fact when the Baudelaire children discover that he makes coconut cream cakes, circles the globe looking for snakes to study, and even plans to take them with him on his scientific expedition to Peru, the kids can't believe their luck. And, if you have read the first book in this Series of Unfortunate Events, you won't believe their luck either. Despite the misadventures that befall these interesting, intelligent, resourceful orphans, you can trust that the engaging narrator will make their story--suspenseful and alarming as it is--a true delight. The Wide Window is next, and more are on their way. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.

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