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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Children's Week: Review: Who Could That Be at This Hour?

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The book I am telling you about is called "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All The Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket.

The Problem
People were trying to steal the Bombinating Beast, especially Hangfire, who had a few people help him. It was Lemony’s job to keep the Beast safe while Theodora took naps and cried once.

They lost and claimed The Bombinating Beast in the book, which I really liked.

It’s like everyone had a chance  in the book to have the Beast but Pip, Squeak and the Mitchum family. Sally Murphy almost had the Beast but missed out. On the other hand Lemony , Ellington, the Mallahan family and maybe Thoedora, because she works with Lemony, got the Bombinating Beast once or twice.

In the End
To be honest Lemony did find out a lot of things but I really didn’t understand the end.  How did the Beast become so wanted after nobody wanted it and what happened to it? Was Ellington or any other character Hangfire? Who knows?

We never found out what the S in Theodora’s name stood for or why they got rid of the ink sea by draining it. I know they are wrong questions, but they happened in the book, so I think they should be answered.

What Did I Think About it
This book is very interesting and I liked it better than Narnia. The writing was easy to understand and it explained hard words, like a roadster is a car.

I will give it 4/5 because I really liked it but I did not get the end.

- This review by Megan Mahlangove, a member of the St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kalgoorlie Book Club.

Title: "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All The Wrong Questions #1)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Seth
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 23 October 2012
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781742972961
For ages: 8+ years
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Fiction


  1. I agree, Megan. This book makes you ask lots of questions, but you don't get all the answers. I'm hoping that some of the questions will be answered in the other books in the series. I really like the way the books explain the harder words too.

  2. Great review, Megan. I like how you said there were parts of the book you felt were 'unfinished'. This can be frustrating, I agree. I wonder if, a little down the track, you read the book again and some things became clearer to you? That's happened me heaps of times, even as an adult. It's so fantastic to see kids like you read books that are challenging. Very vry smart. Keep at it!


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