Reviewed by: Henry, age 13
Time Period: present/recent past
Introduction:Lemony Snicket, a boy with an interesting education, is trying to solve a mystery with his hypocritical and not too smart chaperone who always seems to avoid telling her first name. He is hired to return a small statue of something that looks like the most terrifying (a word which here means: spiky and deadly and freaky) seahorse which you can see at the top right corner of the cover page. It is a very strange town which mainly runs a ink business that's running out of ink and is next to a strange forest of seaweed which somehow manages to stay erect and thriving without water. And there is something suspicious going on.
Themes: cleverness solves the problem, promise keeping, family
Recommended Age: 10 and up, younger as read-aloud
Full Disclosure: Nothing comes to mind.
Rating: 5 stars
Other Books: "When Did You See Her Last?", "Shouldn't You Be in School?", "Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?" are the other books in the series.