A Series Of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill: The Miserable Mill

Hardcover | April 5, 2000

byLemony SnicketIllustratorBrett Helquist

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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This fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events begins with the author's usual warning of a bleak and bumpy ride ahead. The Baudelaires have found yet another guardian -- the mysterious owner of the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill in the town of Paltryville. The luckless trio of Violet, Klaus and Sunny are convinced that this home will be ...

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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESI hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the u...

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.83 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064407691

ISBN - 13:9780064407694

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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From the Author

Dear Reader,I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

From Our Editors

This fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events begins with the author's usual warning of a bleak and bumpy ride ahead. The Baudelaires have found yet another guardian -- the mysterious owner of the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill in the town of Paltryville. The luckless trio of Violet, Klaus and Sunny are convinced that this home will be no better than any of the others they've had since their parents' tragic deaths. They couldn't be more correct. In the other books, there was at least a sympathetic guardian who was hideously dispatched by the obsessive Count Olaf who covets the Baudelaire's fortune. The Miserable Mill, however, has only Phil, the relentlessly optimistic mill worker and Charles, the well-meaning but ineffectual partner of Sir, the mill owner who for no reason has a cloud of cigar smoke in place of a head. The idea of children toiling in a dangerous lumber mill is not the laugh-riot you might think and the villains are even more transparent than ever. The macabre optometrist/hypnotist Dr. Georgina Orwell (a meaningless reference) has no motivation for her misdeeds, but meets a suitably gory end and the ever-present Olaf is cross-dressing this time, insisting that a wig, false high voice and nameplate qualify him as Shirley, the optometrist's receptionist. Ages 9 and up.

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This fourth outrageous misadventure of the Beaudelaire orphans finds them sent to live and work in the Paltryville lumber mill, once again trying to outwit the evil Count Olaf. These books might be subtitled "Why won't adults listen to kids?" and will find many sympathetic readers. They are not, however, for the squeamish -- reminiscent of Roald Dahl in The Witches. I hated book one when I started it, but was captivated by the appeal of the children themselves, and by the author's wonderful style, which manages to shield the reader from the full impact of the horrid happenings.