The Baudelaire orphans have finally begun to feel the first glimmers of hope (and dare I say happiness?) since their parents’ untimely death in that horrible fire. Mr. Poe has taken them to live with their Uncle Monty, known to others as Dr. Montgomery, an esteemed scientist. Uncle Monty studies and collects reptiles, especially snakes. He even has a special room in house, The Reptile Room, in which he cares for all of his “pets”.
Despite being extremely busy with his research and planning an excursion to Peru, Uncle Monty welcomes the orphans with open arms and quickly makes them feel at home. The orphans join Uncle Monty in preparing for the trip to Peru, each with their own special jobs to do: Violet designing snake traps, Klaus reading up on Peru, and Sunny is busy biting a rope into shorter lengths. Uncle Monty also begins to teach the children all about the reptiles and snakes that are more like his family than the deadly animals others see them as. Life seems to be settling into a nice, comfortable routine for the Baudelaire orphans that is until Uncle Monty’s new assistant Stefano arrives. He seems strangely familiar to the orphans….
The Reptile Room is the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. As with volume one, the action is fast paced and the book difficult to put down. I continue to be hooked on the series and look forward to more adventures with the Baudelaires this summer!