Book Review: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) #Book Review #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)

By Lemony Snicket


After escaping the village of V.F.D. and freeing themselves from Count Olaf’s clutches once again, the Baudelaire children are now on their own. They find themselves at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere with the hope of getting a message to Mr. Poe. The issue now is that they need to stay as covert as possible because it’s been published in the local newspaper (The Daily Punctilio) that they’re dangerous murderers. After another narrow escape, they end up at Heimlich Hospital where they find an interesting and shocking clue regarding the fire that killed their parents. With Violet Baudelaire in serious trouble, Klaus and Sunny have to scramble up a plan to save her, but how can they possibly save her all alone? Will Count Olaf finally be captured, or will his ridiculous shenanigans continue?


“Babs has resigned from Heimlich Hospital,” said the voice, and the siblings felt as if they could see the cruel smile Olaf always had on his face when he was telling lies. “She decided to pursue a career as a stuntwoman, and has begun throwing herself off buildings immediately. My name is Mattathias, and I am the new Head of Human Resources. I will be conducting a complete inspection of every single employee here at Heimlich Hospital, beginning immediately. That is all.”

This installment is definitely one of my personal favorites yet. Similar to The Vile Village, it’s a little slow to start, but then all of us were on edge for the final half. The villains in this series just keep getting more desperate and become quite murderous this time around with the Baudelaires in the most danger they’ve found themselves in since the start of the series. There were a few parts in the story that were totally unbelievable, but in a work of fiction such as this, it worked out just fine for us.

Overall, we enjoyed this installment. It seems that this book is one of the darkest of all, especially with the setting. With the children left in such a dangerous predicament by the end of the story, we’ll more than likely move right on to book nine.


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  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 – 6
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064408663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064408660

Thanks for reading my review of The Hostile Hospital. Have you read this series? Let’s chat in the comment section below.

❤ Mischenko

10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) #Book Review #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

  1. I have a question for you. Because this one was a bit dark, would you want your children to read it alone or are you happier that your are reading these together? Another wonderful review of this series. So glad that you are all still enjoying it being 8 books in.

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    1. That’s a good question, Carla. A few of the books have been dark in my opinion, which some other people might not find dark at all. So, in this book it’s regarding the oldest Baudelaire child: she’s been put to sleep and Count Olaf is scheming to do a cranioectomy which mean cut off her head. That to me is dark, but others might not think so. My kids aren’t taking it seriously at all and have never been scared throughout the book. They wouldn’t be if we weren’t reading it together either. I just personally find some parts darker than others. Hope that helps. 😉 Thanks for you comment.

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        1. I would probably do the same. Mine are 8 and 10, so they’re at the low end of the age range. I guess it just depends on the kid though. You know how they’re all so different! 🙂

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