Review: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)


Title: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Release Date: April 15, 2000
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

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


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.

What to read next:

  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket


  • The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black


Have you read The Miserable Mill? What did you think of it?



Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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