The Reptile Room: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Book 2 (paperback) Lemony Snicket
" Dear Reader,
If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale. I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire cvhiuldren spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be foold. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Badelaire childrem you already know that even pleasent events lead down the same road to misery. In fact, within the pages you now hold in your handsm the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpentm a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the reapperrance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
I am abound to record these traguc events, but youo are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,