Children are always wanting a good book to read (especially older children). While there is always the immensely popular Harry Potter series and the relatively new book series Twilight (about vampires, vampire romance, and a girl falling in love with a vampire- quite strange, in my opinon), the Series of Unfortunate Events books which consits of the Bad Beggining, the Reptile Room, the Wide Window, the Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, the Hostile Hospital, the Carnivorous Carnival, the Slippery Slope, the Grim Grotto, the Penultimate Peril, and finally, The End.
The 13 books (yes, thirteen) are packed with the adventures of three orphans who have been orphaned by a deadly fire and are left with an enormous fortune. They're constantly followed by the horrendous Count Olaf who plots to somehow get his hands on the fortune through murderous ways.
In the second book, the Bauldelaire orphans are adopted by the curious Montgomery Montgomery, who researches snakes. Sunny, the youngest sibling, befriends the Incredibly Deadly Viper, the largest snake in the Reptile Room where Montgomery keeps his reptiles safe. Count Olaf dresses up as Montgomery's new assistant, murders Montgomery, but fails to capture the siblings as they escape.
This sad book isn't as funny as the other books in the series, but is still a good book to read for kids!