The Miserable Mill: Book the Fourth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

The Miserable Mill: Book the Fourth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

by Lemony Snicket

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402537318
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 02/12/2003
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Kupperman has done many illustrations for such publications as Fortune, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He frequently writes scripts for DC Comics. This is his first book.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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The Miserable Mill: Book the Fourth (A Series of Unfortunate Events) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 405 reviews.
Sam Samtani More than 1 year ago
this book is really cool if you like mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! This is a great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a book that has described the 4th misfortune in the Baudelaire lives. It is really intersting and twisted! If you love lumbermills,Count Olaf's assitants' disguises,and Klaus being hypnotized over and over for a reason by his assitants, you have no other book to choose from!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was indeed sad but i very much enjoyed it. Even if it is most sad of its kind it was not wasted time of mine reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series if my friend did not tell me about these books i would miss all of the action my nook is low on battery power so i say one thing READ THIS SERIES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good you all might want too read the other books in this serie thus one is the fourth book the first one has this evil guy named count Olaf and he tries to steal the Baudelair fortune he only way you can tell if it is him is if he has a tattoo on his left ankle he does have it covered in some of the books in one of them he has it covered woth powder in the other he has it covered with a fake peg leg un rhis one i have not gotten that far to see if he is in the boo or not whoch he probably will be or if he will be the caretaker or if he has it covered or not
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great series for anyone no matter their hobbies or likings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by far is my favorite.
cema More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoy this book you real should read this series starting with book one and read them in order or you may get lost as to what is happening I read one and cant wait to read the next to find out what is going to happen to these kids next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!! :)
Manuel Francia More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So awesome best book ever.did i tell you it was awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but touching.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great !!
James Doak More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't my favorite, but you should read it because in the 11th and the 12th both mention characters from it.
Hamida Newsome More than 1 year ago
Luv it
Carolyn Jensen More than 1 year ago
These books are my best. There adventerous, mistereous, and most of all there interesting.
Sophia Mohammed More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of these books and, naturally, I luv it!!!
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Duaa_A More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It is a pretty short read and I could not put it down until it was over. If you are interested in a good mysterious-fiction book that provides a little bit of dark humor then this is definitely the book for you. After reading the first three books I can say that the fourth did not disappoint. Taking place in the 20th century, fictional town called Paltryville, the book kept my interest from the first page. From the beginning, with Snicket’s customary “talk” with the reader, where he explains the unfortunate events that are about to unfold, there was never a boring chapter. The unexpected twists and turns add so much excitement and kept a suspenseful mood throughout. The individual writing techniques that Snicket uses, compel the reader to want more. Explore the next chapter of the thrilling story of the Baudelaires trying to escape the treacherous clutches of their number one foe Count Olaf. I would suggest this book for kids anywhere from ten to fourteen years of age. I don’t think this would interest older people just because of the childlike language that Snicket uses. I also wouldn’t suggest this book for too young of an audience due to the actual story being too scary for the younger group. There are hardly any good things that come to the Baudelaires in all of the books so far but personally, that is the very reason that I enjoy this series. It really conveys the lesson of perseverance and universal imperfection in the world that we live in today. Time and time again, the Baudelaires are put through near-death experiences. This is something hopefully no one can relate to, but the underlying moral to the story is something that everyone should be able to comprehend. Everyone makes mistakes and from your books, I have learned to not give up but to grow from those mistakes. Overall, this book just adds to the fresh perspective of storytelling that Snicket is showing the world and I would definitely recommend, “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill.”
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JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I loved the beginning of this story. It starts with a few paragraphs about different first sentences and what they tell about the story. The “first sentence” of the story doesn’t come until the second page. I love how Lemony Snicket talks about stories in this way, and brings attention to the fact that it is a story. There were some pretty gruesome parts at the end of the story. They weren’t described but the implied things that happened were gross. If you’re familiar with the story, you’ll know what I mean. I enjoyed this story. There wasn’t much of Count Olaf in this story, so it wasn’t quite as tense as previous ones. I hope the next ones are more exciting.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life just keeps getting worse for the Baudelaires, following the tragic death of Aunt Josephine, they are sent to live with Sir, no one can pronounce his real name. Sir puts them to work in his lumber mill, where he promises to keep them safe from Count Olaf. Of course he can't and terrible things happen.