You know Lemony Snicket from his critically acclaimed and bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events books. He’s written other titles, of course, my favorite of which is the disturbing and hilarious The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (finally, a holiday picture book for jaded grownups!).
Snicket is back with All the Wrong Questions, a new series for middle grade readers! Parents should note that some of the scary stuff that made SOUE difficult to hand to sensitive (or younger) readers is pretty much rejected here. Any tense situation is leavened by absurd characters and hilarious flights of Snicket’s signature offbeat imagination. It’s Hardy Boys meets Mysterious Benedict Society, a sure pick for fans of aspiring gumshoes and outlandish plot twists.
The plot’s simple enough: a young Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with an unnamed organization and attempts to solve the mysterious disappearance of a strange object in an even stranger town. The events that ensue are, of course, strange, puzzling, and utterly entertaining!
I love this book as a pick for advancing chapter book readers—or as a read aloud choice for the whole family!
Read on, readers!