WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
Type: Adventure, Children’s
Basic Plot: The Baudelaires have been separated. Sunny has been kidnapped, and Violet and Klaus have been flung down the mountain path in a caravan. While both are trying to survive their horrible surroundings, they are also both trying to find out more about V.F.D.
Plot: 4/5 Well Done: The last four books in the series are probably the best. This one starts answering a few questions, but at the same time opens up a bunch more. The subject of the series has now officially completely changed. Since I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll just say that this book was definitely creative.
Writing Style and Setup: 4/5 Well Done: The style was as good as the other books and the pacing was good. Since the children were separated, it switched between their perspectives, but never seemed choppy or awkward. It also left in places that would be good cliffhangers or suspenseful.
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: 3/5 A Good Moral: Some of the other books have touched on wondering if it is ok to wrong if for a right reason, and though this book does not conclude the subject, it does show that doing wrong for the right reason is wrong. The children think of a few plans to recover their sister or escape, but they decide that they would be wrong and choose not to do those things. In the end some of their immediate problems are solved in another way.
Overall: 4/5 Well Done: This book starts the best part of the story and is definitely recommendable. I recommend it for ages twelve and up for either age in quality.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None
Violence: 1/5 Light and Mentioned Violence: A woman pinches a little girl several times. Some bugs sting people. Some people whip the air. A girl wonders if she should attack people with a knife, but she doesn’t. It mentions being “trampled by an ox” in an example. It mentions the book Anna Karenina, and how Anna Karenina “throws herself under a train.”
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Some Slightly Disturbing and Emotional Content: It mentions in the dedication that a woman has died. It is mentioned that people died in previous books, and that other people not mentioned in previous books have died. There are mentions of places being burnt down and places that people want to burn down in the future. There is also mention that some people may want to burn other people. Some people wonder if a girl is trying to “poison” them with “raw toast.” She isn’t. A girl gets a cut on her lip from biting it. A man says you can use floss to strangle people. It mentions some reasons why you may need a refrigerator, all of them having to do with death or light violence. It mentions that two women may have died. A man wants some women to throw a person off the mountain and he later attempts to do it. He also tells a little girl to push some people off a mountain. No one is pushed off the mountain. Some people kidnap a baby and make her do the manual labor and mock her. Information about the author says that he “presumed dead” even though he actually isn’t dead.
Religious Issues: 1/5 Slightly Suggestive: Adam and Eve are mentioned, but their sin in the Garden of Eden is presented in what could be seen as a humorous or nonchalant manner. A false Egyptian god is mentioned.
Magic: ½/5 Slight Mention: The fairy tale “Cinderella” is mentioned as well as the fact that magical things are in it. “Ghost” and “ghostly” are used for a description. A “sleeping potion” is mentioned in an example.
Others: Wine is mentioned twice, and wineglasses are mentioned. Jazz music is mentione. A woman finds some signaling devices that she thinks are cigarettes. A man smokes a cigar.
Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: The book is recommendable for children morally ten and older, mostly because of the light dark humor.
Here is a link to the eleventh review: