Dear reader,The word carnivorous, which appears in the title of this book, means meateating, and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far stomachturning than even the most imbalanced mealTo avoid causing discomfort, it would be best if I didn't mention any of the unnerving ingredients of this story, particularly a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crowd, a wooden plank, and Chabo the Wolf BabySadly for me, my time is filled with researching and recording the displeasing and disenchanting lives of the Baudelaire orphans But your time might be better filled with something palatable, such as eating your vegetables, or feeding them to someone elseWith all due respect,Lemony Snicket Such an intriguing addition to the story, the carnival vibes were cool! Okay but first off: OBLIGATORY TEARS because the Netflix S2 has finished and now we get to wait alone in the dark with only a piece of salmon for company for the rest of the show 😭😭But I mean, obviously you can read the books and find out what happens But ya know I'm still here to complain ANYWAY! This one is quite dark?! Not as creepy as the hospital, but there is a pit of lions that they're going to throw people into so ¯\(ツ)/¯ Good quality literature No wonder I turned out how I did, thanks Mr Snicket, for a childhood filled with murder, arson, and hungry lions.Notable Moments:• for some reason I've forgotten 100% of this book until this reread• I mean I probably read it for the first time 10 years ago but whatever• (NOW I FEEL OLD??)• Madame Lulu was about as helpful as a broken piece of parsley• Is Esme actually a worse villain than Olaf??? Because she's actually slightly intelligent which makes herdangerous I guess.• I'm still struggling with the freak who was ambidextrous as his freakness• mate• nobody likes corn any• violence and messy eating are like = bread and circus• i see what you did there• and Sunny starts to show interest in cooking !!! which is what we live for!!!(I will probably pause my reread until next year when S3 comes out?! But like: THIS HAS BEEN A NICE FACEPLANT DOWN MEMORY LANE WOW MY CHILDHOOD WAS DISTURBED 10/10) Once again I get the chance to say (write?) the most glorious words in the English language: This is a particularly fantastic installment in the GREATEST SERIES OF ALL TIME.In case you're new here or somehow able to ignore me doing the internet equivalent of nonstop screaming about this series: I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH.This one is, as mentioned, particularly nextlevel at putting all other excuses for literature to shame It breaks from the typical format Our lil gang grows up There's an exploration of moral absolutism, a questioning of whether anyone is truly good or evil, and whether evil acts can be motivated by pure intentions There's a condemnation of normalcy, one which points out (TO A MAIN AUDIENCE OF CHILDREN MAY I REMIND YOU) that no one is normal and everyone's got something freakish about them.Also, there are fortunetellers and inventions and disguises and Thai food and page repetition to mock déjà vu and, as always, some of the best worldbuilding and narration of all time.IT'S A GREAT BOOK AND I HAVE A MIGRAINE SO I NEED TO STOP LOOKING AT A SCREEN NOW.Bottom line: If you haven't read these books yet and don't plan to in the immediate future, clearly you don't care about me AT ALL. In this installment, the Baudelaires arrive at Caligari Carnival after hitching a ride in Count Olaf’s trunk Their plan, as usual, is to seek safety from Count Olaf, but they soon discover that there’s nowhere to go, and Count Olaf will be in the vicinity for some time to come They take a huge chance by disguising themselves as freaks in order to participate in Caligari Carnival’s freak show (Violet and Clause as a twoheaded freak, and Sunny as Chabo the Wolf Baby), which lands them working right alongside Count Olaf.Now that the Baudelaires are in close quarters with Count Olaf and his troupe, they discoverinteresting clues about V.F.D and othershocking facts regarding their parents Will the childrens’ stealthy behavior pay off? Will they ever discover what happened to their parents?“One of the most troublesome things in life is that what you do or do not want has very little to do with what does or does not happen.”This one had us on edge! The children are incredibly close to danger once again, working up close with Count Olaf and his nasty accomplices This added a lot of suspense There were slow parts, but it didn’t take long to pick up, and we found ourselves racing to discover what would happen with the children this time around.“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”We appreciated the new characters in this installment Madame Lulu is an interesting new character that ties in with a few of the other books She’s willing to help the Baudelaires, which is rare and often ends disastrously.Comparable to the other books, there are many new vocabulary words introduced for children to learn in this installment including: haughtily, depict, contortionist, eavesdropping, ambidextrous, and dilemma to name a few.The ending had us quite shocked, and like last time, we had to move right on to the next book Overall, we really enjoyed this one.4****