Middle Grade Monday is a feature on The Contented Reader where I review and highlight current or upcoming books in the middle grade genre.

TITLE: The Reptile Room

AUTHOR: Lemony Snicket

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 190

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins


GENRE(S): Fantasy, Mystery

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket - The Contented Reader

Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


The Reptile Room is one of my favourite books in the Series of Unfortunate Events. I certainly enjoyed it when I was a young kid and reading this series, and I enjoyed my re-read just as much.

The Reptile Room follows the Baudelaire children as they are sent to live with their “Uncle” Monty and the hysterics that ensue once Count Olaf finds them.

The kids are just as fun in this second novel. I think the plot of this book makes them even more enjoyable. They let more of their personality out because they’ve been sent to live somewhere else. I also really love Uncle Monty. I find it so funny that his name is Montgomery Montgomery!  He’s always been one of my favourite characters in the whole of the series. He’s jovial, adventurous and accepts the children. But he’s also incredibly naive, which is a huge plot point for this book.

The plot of this book is more fast-paced in my opinion, and I enjoyed it much more than the first book. It’s engaging and fuels a desire to read more in the series! I’m looking forward to picking up the next book to continue this re-read!

What happens in a certain place can stain your feelings for that location, just as ink can stain a white sheet.

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About The Author

Lemony Snicket Author Photo - The Contented ReaderLemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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