Top positive review
My kids loved the hilariously wicked plot, but a lot of this book felt like borrowing, not parody.
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
The relatively short chapters and cliffhanger format made for great bedtime reading, and my 7 and 9 year olds liked the absurdly wicked characters and plot twists very much.
For the pleasure of your burgeoning babygoths, this book contains:
Lemony-Snicketish idiotic and evil parental figures, and plucky children, complete with baby;
additional Lemony-Snicketish explanations of new vocabulary words of unusual length;
Roald-Dahlish absurd deaths and silly names;
and a Tim-Burtonish cat.
For those who enjoy spotting literary references, there are plenty, and they're referenced at the back. That said, while it's positioned as a parody of a number of other children's books, it didn't really feel parodic as much as just borrowing from those books, which, if you're a fan of those authors, could in fact be a bonus, but I knocked off a star because I really wish this book had more of its own voice or at least did a better job at parody rather than just plopping in references or outright borrowing tropes, characters and scenarios from other works.