The Slippery Slope: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Witty story, exciting adventure keeps kids reading.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.


Plenty of intended and threatened violence, none actually carried out. Lots of children in danger here, but all done tongue in cheek, though not all readers will get that.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Esme smokes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that few books are seen as differently by adults and children as those in A Series of Unfortunate Events. You'll probably enjoy it almost as much as your children -- but for entirely different reasons.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTiasmom December 25, 2016

Lemony Snicket is a GENIUS

I think it is a good role model how Violet,Klaus and Sunny have been looking for Duncan and Isadora Quagmire ever since the book 5
Parent of a 12 and 14-year-old Written byskilerd February 21, 2015

Its ok?

I have my kids read these every day for 30 mins for homwork.Its
good format!
Kid, 9 years old September 27, 2020

Cool book!

I have just started reading this book for the second time. Note: YOU MUST READ BOOKS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9. This book has a villain that threatens to throw a... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 8, 2019

The Slippery Slope: A Really Good Book

The Slippery Slope is one of the best books by Lemony Snicket. But if you want to read it, you'd better start with the first of the series! Snicket keeps w... Continue reading

What's the story?

When last we saw our intrepid heroes, Sunny had been kidnapped by the dastardly Count Olaf, and Violet and Klaus were careening down a mountainside in a carnival caravan toward certain doom, a phrase which here means "a hair-raising last-minute escape depending on either Violet's talent for invention or Klaus's talent for research, or Sunny's talent for biting, or all three."

After making a drag chute out of a hammock and brakes out of sticky kitchen condiments, they set out to rescue Sunny. Along with the usual terrifying dangers and death-defying adventures, they encounter someone they thought was dead, someone else they would rather not have seen again, and snow gnats. More of their parents' history is revealed, Count Olaf meets up with some evil allies, and Sunny is growing up.

Is it any good?

Children read this story, like its nine predecessors, as a rip-roaring adventure story. The author has a seemingly inexhaustible ability to come up with unusual and creative dangers and adventures to put the siblings through, and as Saturday morning serials showed a generation ago, children have an inexhaustible appetite for thrills and melodrama. This entry in the series is a bit longer than most of the others and has more exposition and less action than some, but the author keeps it rolling along well enough to keep most young readers turning the pages.

For adults, this is witty and literary tongue-in-cheek silliness. Few children will get the allusions, such as Count Olaf's girlfriend being named after a book by J.D. Salinger, or the author's hilarious explanation of a famous Robert Frost poem: "The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead." Both children and adults can appreciate the production values of the series, though: The hardcover editions hardly cost more than paperbacks, and with their rough-cut pages, endpapers, and well-matched illustrations, they are pleasurable physical objects as well as enjoyable stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes this book so fun to read. Do you find the characters enjoyable, and why? Would you want to experience some the exciting adventures that the siblings get swept up in?

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