A series of Unfortunant Events The Ersatz Elevator By: Lemony Snicket Genre: Fiction. Pages: 259 PLOT When I read this book I was hooked from the very beginning because of Lemony Snickets writing style. He writes different than other authors because it seems like he himself is talking to me. An example would be “The book that you are holding in your two hands right now-assuming that you are in fact holding this book and that you only have two hands-is one of the two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word nervous and “anxious.” Also the plot is easy to follow because it is concentrated mainly on the orphans and doesn’t keep switching to other things. The story does build up to a climax as Count Olaf is reavealed. The ending is very interesting because the orphans reveal Olaf but he escapes which tells you that there is or will be another book. CHARACTERS The characters are very believable in this book because they have no magic powers but the power of the mind. Violet has an inventors mind which helps her think of inventions to save them in parts of the book. Klaus is a researcher which also helps with the stuff in the book. Sunny is a bit different. She has hard teeth that helped her clime a long wall that helped with the story very much. The characters definently have real personalities because they all act different. Sunny likes to bite stuff all the time. Klaus likes to look stuff up and Violet likes to think and make new stuff. Count Olaf just wants money though. Well the quagmire twins were still taken away at the end so I feel bad for them but as long as Klaus.Sunny, and Violet keep trying to find them I don’t feel bad for them. In the end the good ones usually win. The relationship between characters is not too realistic because they are so nice to eachother. Usually brother and sister would fight a LOT. READABILITY The language is appropriate for the audience it has so cursing or anything and it matches with the book. When the author puts a hard word in the book he explains it completely referring to the dictionary and more. It is very descriptive and strangely interesting. The words put many pictures in my mind like the one page that was pure darkness and on the next page he explained that page fully. The pint size is normally large and the style is simple. AUTHOR’S PURPOSE The purpose of the story is to entertain the audience. It tells the story of the Baudelaire children which are made up characters. The plot seems very real though. The author is not really trying to send the reader a message but simply to put large pictures into your mind. The author is very creative and has his own way of explaining things. He says it in a very mysterious but humerous way. The story does not leave me with issues to discuss. PERSONAL OPINION I would rather buy a different book with my money than The Ersatz Elevator. It would be a good book to keep for children to read. It is actually a bit simple for people my age but explains a lot of unknown words so I would recommend it. The book hasn’t changed me.
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