Sadly, Lemony Snicket continues to research the increasingly distressing plight of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans, and offers up another awful episode of their terrible lives. In this seventh book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the unlucky siblings are residents of an unnerving village, where they encounter a flock of crows, a strict council, a prison break, a censored library, a harpoon gun, and a hot-air balloon.
As the Baudelaire children hike across the flat dusty terrain leading to the village where they will soon live, they can't help but wonder what lies ahead. Could this be the place where they might finally be happy? Violet, who is an inventor, might be happy if she gets a chance to do some inventing. Of course, it would be less enjoyable if her invention was desperately needed to escape danger. Her brother, Klaus, loves to read, and might be happy if the town has some books. Though he would not like them as much if he had to stay up all night reading in search of an urgent piece of information. Their baby sister, Sunny, likes to bite things and might be happy if she finds something to sink her teeth into. However, it would be less fun if her teeth got her into big trouble. Whether their stay in the village will bring the children happiness is a mystery. But as the Baudelaires trudge on toward the hazy town in the distance, they can only hope that what awaits them there isn't the most miserable in a series of unfortunate events.
The wretched adventures of the charming Baudelaires are exquisitely dark comedies, both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. The multi-talented Lemony Snicket spins another uproariously unhappy tale about three captivating and resilient orphans facing yet another bout of outrageous misfortune.