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El Ascensor Artificioso (Catastrofi) [Hardcover]

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Item description for El Ascensor Artificioso (Catastrofi) by Brett Helquist Lemony Snicket...

Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this particular book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Fans of Lemony Snicket's wonderful Series of Unfortunate Events won't be surprised to find that in the sixth installment the three Baudelaire orphans' new home proves to be something of a mixed bag. As our ever sad but helpful narrator states, "Although 'a mixed bag' sometimes refers to a plastic bag that has been stirred in a bowl, more often it is used to describe a situation that has both good parts and bad parts. An afternoon at the movie theater, for instance, would be a mixed bag if your favorite movie were showing, but if you had to eat gravel instead of popcorn. A trip to the zoo would be a very mixed bag if the weather were beautiful, but all of the man-and woman-eating lions were running around loose." And so it is for the bad-luck Baudelaires. Their fancy new 71-bedroom home on 667 Dark Avenue is inhabited by Esm Gigi Geniveve Squalor (the city's sixth most important financial advisor), and her kindly husband, Jerome, who doesn't like to argue. Esm is obsessed by the trends du jour (orphans are "in"), and because elevators are "out," Sunny, Violet, and Klaus have to trudge up 66 flights of stairs to reach the Squalors' penthouse apartment. (Other unfortunate trends include pinstripe suits, aqueous martinis--water with a faint olive-y taste--parsley soda, and ocean decorations.)

As the book begins, the Baudelaires are not only frightened in anticipation of their next (inevitable) encounter with the evil, moneygrubbing Count Olaf but they are also mourning the disappearance of their dear new friends from The Austere Academy, the Quagmires. It doesn't take long for Olaf to show up in another of his horrific disguises... but if he is on Dark Avenue, what has he done with the Quagmires? Once again, the resourceful orphans use their unique talents (Violet's inventions, Klaus's research skills, and the infant Sunny's strong teeth) in a fruitless attempt to escape from terrible tragedy. Is there a gleam of hope for the orphans and their new friends? Most certainly not. The only thing we can really count on are more gloriously gloomy adventures in the seventh book, The Vile Village. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.72" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2003
Publisher   Lectorum Publications
ISBN  8484412156  
ISBN13  9788484412151  

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1Books > Special Features > Spanish > Infantil y juvenil > 9 a 12 años
2Books > Special Features > Spanish > Infantil y juvenil > General
3Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( S ) > Snicket, Lemony

Reviews - What do customers think about El Ascensor Artificioso (Catastrofi)?

The Ersatz Elevator Book 6  Jul 2, 2008
This book is my favorite of the series. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are getting a lot older and smarter. A new character joins Count Olaf and the Baudilaures are more determined than ever to get find the Quagmires triplets.
Ersatz Elevator Exceptionally Enjoyable  May 12, 2008
Ersatz Elevator is another in the Series of Unfortunate Events series. As with the previous stories, it does not disappoint. I love reading about the Baudelaires and their ability to overcome adversity.
I will continue to read the series even though warned that the situations are often dire and could upset my stomach.

An avid but anonymous reader
Great Book!  Apr 7, 2008
My son is really enjoying reading this series of books. He doesn't read much so it says a lot when he continues to read night after night.
audio books  Feb 23, 2008
These audio books help children that are having trouble with the written word. I also use them in the car, so each trip we hear more of the story. The kids love them and I think it makes them interested in reading.
The Ersatz Elevator is "in"  Jul 29, 2007
If you have been following the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans so far, then you DO NOT want to miss this particular book (especially after how The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5) left off) because it is one of the best ones in the entire series. In this book, Violet the inventor, Klaus the reader, and Sunny the biter are (whose parents` died in a terrible fire in the first book, and ever since then they encounter countless misfortunes) are raised by Esme and Jerome Squalor on 667 Dark Avenue during this book`s events. The Squalors live in an enormous seventy-one room penthouse on top of a sixty-six floor apartment. Esme Squalor is obsessed with what's "in" (the word she uses for "cool") and what's "out" (the word she uses for "uncool"). Jerome Squalor is an interesting and friendly character who just does as his wife commands because he dislikes arguing. Unfortunately for the Baudelaires, Count Olaf shows up again in yet another disguise: Gunther, the auctioner at the In Auction (a famous auction that will auction off things that are "in"). The Baudelaires must foil Count Olaf's plan, discover the secret of V.F.D., rescue the Quaqmire triplets, and find out if the mysterious elevator is simply "out" because it is uncool - or because there's something more to it that the naked eye doesn't notice. In all, this an extremely excellent book that I recommend to anyone that has been enjoying the Baudelaires adventures or that simply likes a good mystery. This book is very suspenseful at the end when a lot of the unresolved puzzles start fitting and the children must get to the In Auction in time to [well, I won't spoil it for you]. In my opinion, this is really were the series begins because the V.F.D. mystery really starts in this volume. Also, a great things that makes readers enjoy this book is the unexpected twist at the end. I won't say anymore, just read this book for yourself to see exactly how good it truly is! If you like this book, then I recommend you ALL of the other books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series. Though the books are shorter than something like Harry Potter, they can still be enjoyed by all ages.


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