You probably know this already, but let’s yell it to the wild anyway, shall we?
I am a Lemony Snicket fan.
I am, perhaps, ten years too old, but I don’t even care. I collected his first series avidly and, yes, I was off to a late start with his new spin-off series (about Snicket himself and his journey into VFD!) but I am equally addicted. Not obsessed. Just healthily addicted.
Can you look me straight in the eye and tell me you don’t care what VFD stands for? CAN YOU?! If you read A Series of Unfortunate Events (about the misfortunate lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire) then you need to know what VFD stands for.
Peoples. Shouldn’t You Be In School (book #3) has answers. IT HAS ANSWERS.*
…Aaaaand, I will not be telling you. So (because you’re deadly curious about the infamous VFD, as was I) you absolutely need this book in your life. You’ve been told. Shoo now.
*Although I did cautiously glare at the page when I read it because I don’t believe it. There have been so many red and purple and orange herrings I don’t even know what to think anymore. Do I trust Mister L. Snicket? Not really.
I’m kidding. Stay here a moment. I have other things I wish to say.
Lemony Snicket (the 13-yaer-old version particularly) is the master of very dry sarcasm. The adults of his world have senses of humour as developed as a small seed — that is to say: NONE. So Snicket is wickedly sarcastic and no one even notices.
“And I’d rather not have that kid around here either,” her husband said.
“I’d rather not have you call me a kid,” I said.
“I’d rather not have my apprentice talk like that to the police,” Theodora said.
“I’d rather not listen to my husband boss people around,” Mimi Mitchum said.
“Sorry,” I said, “is it my turn? I have a long list of things I’d rather not do.”
It’s a very particularly strain of humour, and it always cracks me up. Like the scene of Josephine’s cameo (yes! Josephine from The Wide Window book #3 of A Series of Unfortunate Events):
Josephine caught my eye and gave me a signal we’d used for years to indicate that one of us had to leave. The signal was mouthing the words “I have to leave” and pointing at the door.
What? Leave me alone in my giggling hilarity.
Other Things I Deign to Tell You:
– The adults are all rather stupid and the children are brilliant.
– We still don’t know what the S stands for in Theodora S. Markson.
– Everyone insists on calling Lemony a “little boy”, just to annoy him.
– Lemony continues to butt heads with the stupid bully, Stew Mitchum, and gets in some golden comebacks.
– Lemony also gets his head hit in by said bully.
– I ship Lemony and Moxie, the reporter.
– Count Olaf has a cameo.
– Someone is going to do something nefarious to the children in the school. But what is it?
– And shouldn’t you be in school?
I’m pretty sure Lemony Snicket can do no wrong.
This is another work of brilliance, sarcasm, and delicious breakfasts. And the fourth and final book comes out next year…which is quite sad. I was hoping for another 13-book series. Why hasn’t Beatrice been mentioned?? Why does Lemony have such a thing against coffee??
I DON’T THINK ANYONE SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL.
Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?Maybe you should be in school?
Cait has been asked this famed question of “shouldn’t you be in school” multiple times in her life because…she never was in school. (Homeschooled, yes.) It is definitely the WRONG question. The right question to ask her (any time, if you like) is “do you work in a organisation that keeps secrets and spies on people”. You will like the answer to that one better. She just finished reading THE SCORCH TRIALS.