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"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions)

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"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions)

written by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Seth Godin

Protagonist Lemony Snicket is a 13-year-old who is caught up in a strange world with strange happenings. He is in a place called Stain’d-by-the-Sea, a town that once stood at the edge of a sea that has been drained dry.

In this latest book in the All the Wrong Questions series, Lemony follows his chaperone after she sneaks out of the room in the middle of the night. She sneaks aboard the late night train, which, on normal nights, travels into the city without making any stops. However, it doesn’t do so. “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Lemony asks, but he should be asking a different question. Will he be able to figure out the right questions to ask, and the right answers, before it’s too late?

Snicket employed his trademark off-the-wall humor, wordplay and lively writing style in WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS?

I did not get to read any of the other books in the series before this one, so I must confess I was a bit lost as to who all the characters were, what the storyline was and what was really going on. I’d say the author made a decent attempt at filling in the backstory, but I still had a hard time following all the action. So, I would advise you to read the other books before you tackle this one.

However, I’m a big fan of Lemony Snicket’s and I’ve read a couple of the books in his previous series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Just like in those books, Snicket employed his trademark off-the-wall humor, wordplay and lively writing style in WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS?

I did however, think that this was an odd way to end the All the Wrong Questions series, as there were still many questions to be answered. But perhaps that is the point, that all of our questions will never be answered. Or maybe that’s not the right question…

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on September 29, 2015

"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions)
(All the Wrong Questions #4)
written by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Seth Godin

  • Publication Date: August 16, 2016
  • Genres: Children's 7-10
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316380628
  • ISBN-13: 9780316380621