Morgan and Gable Review The Ersatz Elevator

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Color Palette:

The Ersatz Elevator Color Palette

Describe it in 25 words or less.

Morgan: Three miserable orphans start to gain some hope when they go to stay with the stylish and rich Squalor couple.

Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.

Gable: Trends, Elevators, Doilies, Auction, Penthouse, Traps

Any particular reason for choosing this book?

Morgan: I’ve read the rest of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, and decided to read the rest of the books in the series.


Morgan: Drama/Children’s Literature

Gable: Drama/Action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan: Sunny because she is very courageous.

Gable: Sunny because she was sharp-minded (and sharp-toothed!).

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Morgan: Esmé and if I tell you why, it will ruin the book for you.

Gable: Count Olaf. I am SICK of you!

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?

Morgan: It took a while but was definitely worth it.

Gable: It seems that the rest of the series is going to start out creepy and then just get intense and unfortunate.

Was it plot or character driven?

Morgan: A nice balance of both.

What did you think of the ending?

Morgan: It was pretty predictable, except the very end. It was also very upsetting.

Gable: Too sad. I feel awful for the Baudelaires, even though they’re purely fictious.

What was the moral of the story?

Morgan: Make sure you trust the right people.

Gable: To always have hope.

Did you learn anything?

Morgan: Yes, what ‘ersatz’ really means.

Favorite quote:

Morgan: “Like everyone else, scientists are wrong from time to time, and it is easy to see that they are wrong about the table of the elements. Because although this table of contains a great many elements, from the element oxygen, which is found in the air, to the element aluminum, which is found in cans of soda, the table of the elements does not contain one of the most powerful elements that make up our world, and that is the element of surprise.” – Lemony Snicket.

Gable: “Every problem has a solution. Sometimes it just takes a long time to find the solution – even it’s right in front of your nose.” – The Doorman

What would you change?

Morgan: I would give the Squalors’ penthouse less rooms.

Have you read other books in the series?

Morgan: Yes, check out my reviews for The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy and The Vile Village

Gable: Yes and apart from The Wide Window and The Reptile Room, it’s the best one in the series. Check out my reviews of the rest of the series here.

Who would you recommend it to?

Morgan: People who feel like their life is terrible (wait until you compare your life to the Baudelaire’s life!) or those who have read the previous books in the series.

Gable: People who like to go in the elevator and not the stairs, people who enjoyed The Reptile Room and people who aren’t interested in what’s in.

Number of unknown words:


Gable: 4

Recipe:  Aqueous Martinis: water garnished with an olive served in a martini glass

What would you do if your best friends were about to be smuggled out of the country by an evil person?

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