How fascinating to be able to see the world through the eyes of children again. To feel the frustration of adults always either telling you not to interrupt or basically patting you on the head and telling you to run along because they think they know better.
And to have it all end with the orphans all acknowledging how brilliant each of them was to help expose Count Olaf and save themselves in spite of the grown-ups' unwillingness to listen to them was perfect.
Lovely story, lovely characters, delightfully-toned narration, and a perfect example to teach my students the word "satire." I'm delighted to be able to add this to my classroom library this coming year.Favorite Quotes:I wish--and I'm sure you wish as well--that we could go back in time and warn him, but we can't, and that is that.
Waiting is one of life's hardships. It is hard enough to wait for chocolate cream pie while burnt roast beef is still on your plate. It is plenty difficult to wait for Halloween when the tedious month of September is still ahead of you.
When somebody is a little bit wrong--say, when a waiter puts nonfat milk in your espresso macchiato, instead of lowfat milk--it is often quite easy to explain to them how and why they are wrong. But if somebody is surpassingly wrong--say when a waiter bites your nose instead of taking your order--you can often be so surprised that you are unable to say anything at all. Paralyzed by how wrong the waiter is, your mouth would hang slightly open and your eyes would blink over and over, but you would be unable to say a word.
Then he cried "Wolf!" when it wasn't a joke, and the villagers didn't come running, and the boy was eaten and the story, thank goodness, was over.
"By 'Aha,'" he said, "she means 'One minute Stephano claims he knows nothing about snakes, the next he claims he is an expert!' By 'Aha' she means 'Stephano has been lying to us.' By 'Aha' she means 'we've finally exposed his dishonesty to you!' By 'Aha' she means 'A
ha!'"One is that you can get electrocuted, which is not only deadly but very unpleasant.
Sometimes even in the most unfortunate of lives there will occur a moment or two of good fortune.