Review of The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrations)

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrations)

Review: Ha! I really had a great time with this fifth book in the series. I mean, who would not? The Baudelaire children made friends. Of which I do hope we get to see again. The plot was ridiculous. Lots of physical activity going on. And a mean ugly little girl making fun of the five children by calling them Orphans.

But best of all we finally find out that Sunny is a pretty good secretary.

Also Snicket is hiding some really cool clues all around. Such as why I used an example as my favorite quote.

Favorite quote:

“Sappho! Sunny shrieked, which meant something like “I’d be very pleased to hear a poem of your!”

Reread? There’s a good chance I might.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, First Edition, 221 pages.

Young Adult. Fiction. Children’s. Fantasy. Mystery. Mature Themes.

Published August 31st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers .


 Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are at first optimistic–attending school is a welcome change for the book-loving trio, and the academy is allegedly safe from the dreaded Count Olaf, who is after their fortune.

Dear Reader, 

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire arc intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. 

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system. 

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book. 

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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