The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Gable: Mushrooms, Ocean, Submarines, Friends, Betrayal, Orphans
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Morgan: The Baudelaire’s board a submarine, meet a mycologist, learn about a deadly fungus and even face evil once more. But will things finally look up?
Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)
Any particular reason for choosing this book?
Morgan: I’m reading the whole “Series of Unfortunate Events” and each book is better than the last and makes me want to read on and on and on!
Gable: Children’s Action/Mystery
Morgan: Action/Mystery/Children’s Literature
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gable: Klaus because he always thought about the more important subjects and he never gave up.
Morgan: Sunny because she was the smartest.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Gable: Carmelita Spats because she was rude and she was very annoying.
Morgan: Carmelita because she was so infernal that I wanted to slap her.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Gable: It left right off of the previous book, whose ending was very intense, so, yes. As soon as you thought it was going to be alright, another event happened that got your heart racing.
Morgan: All the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books grab me at the beginning and all the action, mystery and knowledge keep me interested the whole way through.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: I’d say slightly more on the character side.
What did you think of the ending?
Gable: It was a happy ending, which is rare for a book from The Series of Unfortunate Events.
Morgan: Mysterious. Can’t wait to read the last two books!
What was the moral of the story?
Gable: The tables can turn at any moment in your life and they could turn to something better or something worse.
Morgan: Everyone is good and bad whether they seem plain old wicked or plain old wonderful. You just need to look hard.
Did you learn anything?
Gable: I learned the meaning of passive.
Gable: “It is one thing to believe that people have both good and bad inside them, mixed together like ingredients in a salad bowl. But it is quite another to look at a cohort of a despicable villain, who has tried again and again to cause so much harm, and try to see where the good parts are buried, when all you can remember is the pain and suffering he has caused.” – Lemony Snicket
Morgan: “It’s one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are just really getting interesting.” – Lemony Snicket
What would you change?
Morgan: I would change all the times they had to explain the water cycle over and over again. Ugh!
Have you read other books in the series?
Gable: Yes and this is one of the best ones yet. Although, I am hesitant to continue reading the series because there are only two more left and I really like the books. Check out my reviews of the other books in the series here.
Who would you recommend it to?
Gable: People who enjoyed The Vile Village.
Morgan: Those interested in the previous books in this series, those interested in fungi, those interested in submarines and those interested in the water cycle.
Number of unknown words:
Craft/Activity: Learn to read tidal charts.
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