A Parent’s Guide to The Wide Window (Book)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

Type: Adventure, Contemporary

Basic Plot: The Baudelaires are now living with their Aunt Josephine. Unfortunately for them though, Count Olaf is still chasing them for their fortune.


Plot: 4/5 Well Done: The plot was again clever and had more new characters and places. The plot was cleverer in this one than the last one, and certain things are being shown about the series that will soon be much more significant later in the book. Aunt Josephine was definitely a creative character, though most of the characters in the series are creative.

Writing Style and Setup: 4/5 Well Done: The style is the same as the other books. Each book is a little longer than the last, meaning that the author had more opportunities to use his style. The style is humorous but dark. The author attempts to make things seem bleak and hopeless, but as he does it in a way was meant to entertain the readers and make them laugh rather than feel actual sorrow.

Graphics: 4/5 Well Done: The graphics were done in the same style as the ones in the previous book, pencil sketches. They were again scattered with clues about what would and will happen.

Moral: 2/5 A Mixture of Good and Bad Morals: There are few light bad morals and some more positive morals. The bad light morals include again the Your Parents are Stupid and Your Neighbor is Evil philosophy, as well as the idea that comparing your situation to the less fortunate is not a reliable way to cheer yourself up. The author admits that he didn’t really have a main moral for the story, but that the best moral you could find was that sticking together as a family helps you get through the trials in your life and that you should be grateful for the family you have. This is a good moral, and recommendable, as God wishes for families and true believers to be united and work together.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: The moral was better in this book than the last two. The quality of style and plot was just as good as the other books if not better. I believe boys and girls

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None

Violence: 2/5 Mentioned, Threatened, and Light Violence: A woman is terrified of nearly everything, and worries about how several every day items could hurt or injure a person. It mentions a man in history was assassinated. It mentions that a monster under your bed could eat you. It mentions trying to cheer yourself up by thinking how you are not “being eaten by a bear.” It mentions that a man looks like he wants to kick a woman. He doesn’t. When the house shakes, some children bump into various items. Some children try to escape a man that grabbed them by kicking and biting him. He does not seem to suffer any injury from or even seem effected by it. A man slips on an atlas and falls. It mentions that “frustrated citizens tend to execute kings and queens.” A baby bites a man’s peg leg to pieces. There are leeches that are suggested to have caused violence. Information on them can be found under “Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content.”

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 A Moderate Amount of Emotional or Disturbing Content: It mentions in the dedication that a woman has died. A picture shows a sword hanging in the air by a thread over some children’s heads. It mentions various people that have died and a dead cat. It mentions that a woman became a widow, and a man speculates some ways he may have died, such as drowning or an accident. Some children wonder some ways that a man may be planning to kill them. A woman is believed to have killed herself by jumping out the window, and later it is wondered if a man threw her out the window. An entire house is blown off a cliff. A man threatens to drown a lady. A man though some children died. They didn’t. It mentions lava heading towards a village. It mentions a place made out of skulls. There are leeches that are responsible for people’s deaths and supposedly a man’s injury. It talks about regular leeches that suck people’s blood.

Religious Issues: ½/5 Slight Mention: There is a mentioning that in the next book there will be hypnotism. A woman says that no one knows what happens when you die. The expression “Speak of the Devil” is used and explained.

Magic: ½/5 Slight Mention: It briefly mentions fortune telling as something fun. There is brief mention of the tooth fairy and a werewolf. It mentions fearing if there is a monster under your bed. No magic is done in the book.

Others: A man has a cigarette in his mouth once. A man wants to have wine once.  A person is holding a beer can when he is sleeping.

Overall: 1½/5 Almost All Ages Appropriate: There was not any thing really inappropriate or violent in the book that would cause me to not recommend it. It is morally recommendable for children nine to ten and older.

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