The Ersatz Elevator

The Ersatz Elevator

Book - 2001
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The woeful saga of the Baudelaire orphans continues as evil Count Olaf discovers their whereabouts at Esmé Squalor's seventy-one bedroom penthouse and concocts a new plan for stealing their family fortune.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780064408646
Branch Call Number: J FIC Snick 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 259 p. :,ill. --
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett


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Jul 21, 2017

I really enjoyed this book because it kept me wanting to read more. My favourite part was when the boudaleirs found the triplets and had to find a way to save them. I also like when the boudaleirs where at the auction and trying to find the box that had the triplets where in. Overall, I have no negative feedback about this book.

Jul 20, 2017

I loved this book, although count olaf found the orphans again, the plot was really interesting, and I always love reading about violet's incredible inventing skills. You could say that this book is very "in", and I recommend reading the other books as well.

Jul 12, 2017

This series is always one of my favourite series ever and this book is definitely my favourite book in the series. I really like this book, because of its story. It is different from the last ones, which makes it far more interesting.

Jul 11, 2017

******************** SPOILER ALERT ***************** so shocking
the guardian is count Olaf girlfriend what!!!!!!! the story is so captivating you never want to put it down.

Jun 14, 2017

When I read A series of unfortunate events I feel good while reading. I did not like reading before but when I started to read A series of unfortunate events I started to LOVE to read

Feb 26, 2017

Love the way Lemony Snicket teaches children vocabulary in these books. We learned the difference between "anxious" and "nervous" as well as words like ersatz, cul de sac, red herring and hubbub.

It is also a hoot that the Squalor's live in a 71-bedroom penthouse apartment. I am, however, endlessly frustrated with the lack of awareness the adults around the Baudelaire orphans have when it comes to Count Olaf. He is always in disguise, people!

The adventure continues. Hopefully the Baudelaire orphans will soon be reunited with their friends the two living members of the Quagmire triplets.

JCLSamS Feb 08, 2017

Having read several books in this series, I can definitively say this is one of my favorites! In this installment, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to 667 Dark Avenue, a fancy high-rise apartment in which all residents are obsessed with what is "in," and desperately trying to avoid what is "out". Fortunately for them, orphans are very "in". As per usual, this book is filled with dark humor, incompetent adults, and clever twists. If you caught the Netflix adaptation or enjoyed any of the previous books, give this one a shot!

Aug 15, 2016

This was my favorite book in the series because the parents that adopted them have a shocking suprise

Aug 08, 2016

this is a really good series that keeps getting better. this series is mostly about sunny, violet and klaus getting away from there evil uncle.

Oct 20, 2015

The Ersatz Elevator:
The Baudelaire children travel far away to an apartment on Dark Avenue to live with their new parents the Squalors, but sadly, yet again, Count Olaf has found a way to make their lives even more unfortunate. The Ersatz Elevator is a very gripping, funny and enjoyable novel that I would recommend for kids from the age of 10-14.
The story starts off at Jerome and Esmé Squalor's enormous penthouse. Esmé is obsessed with what is 'in' and 'out' and this causes her to make decisions based on other peoples' opinions. For example, pinstripe suits were very 'in' at the time, so she made the children wear them. The dark was also 'in' and light was 'out,' so the entire building had no lights and was in the dark for a period of time. Even "aqueous martinis" we'd in at the beginning, which was pretty much water with a little umbrella in them! It brought a funny addition to the story.
The Baudelaire children soon find themselves in Count Olaf's clutches. And an unexpected twist leads them to discover a couple familiar faces along the way.
The Ersatz Elevator was definitely my favourite book in the series because of its humour, plot twists, and adventure. This book will leave you rushing for the next, and I would recommend it to others!

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Jan 21, 2013

This is the story of the three Baudelaire children - Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Being persued by the notorious Count Olaf who would like to get his dirty hands on the orphans' fortune, they are taken to live with Effie and Jeromy, who are supposedly relatives of theirs. Discovering a hidden passage underneath the tall apartment of their caretakers, the children finally find their long lost friends, the Quagmire triplets. Unfortunately, the triplets are trapped, and before the Baudelaires can free them, Olaf takes them away. Finding that Effie is in cahoots with Count Olaf, the children are on the run again after a frightening auction, and the mystery of the three letters and the burning of houses goes on.


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