Because I have a great fear of snakes, this was even more creepy to me. The thought of Sunny playing with that viper gave me the heebie jeebies. I also was quite fond of Uncle Monty and so sorry that his kindness to the Baudelaire orphans was repaid with treachery by Count Olaf in disguise. The vocabulary explanations, especially the phrase "back at the ranch" do not disappoint. This book is both creepy and humorous at the same time and I am hooked on this series. When oh when will the orphans finally be free from the plots of Count Olaf?!