The Reptile Room
|The Reptile Room|
|Author||Lemony Snicket (pen name of Daniel Handler)|
|Cover artist||Brett Helquist|
|Series||A Series of Unfortunate Events|
|September 30, 1999|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-06-440767-5 (first edition, hardback)|
|Dewey Decimal||Fic 21|
|LC Class||PZ7.S6795 Re 1999|
|Preceded by||The Bad Beginning|
|Followed by||The Wide Window|
The Reptile Room is the second novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the title The Reptile Room; or, Murder! Having just escaped from the greedy and evil Count Olaf in the first book, the Baudelaire children are now taken to live with another relative, Dr. Montgomery. While the children find Dr. Montgomery to be a kind herpetologist, Count Olaf's final threat in the previous book continues to throw a shadow over their future.
Cultural references and literary allusions
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- One of the snakes in the Reptile Room is a Virginian Wolfsnake, a reference to the novelist Virginia Woolf. Uncle Monty warns the Baudelaire children never to allow the snake near a typewriter.
- When Mr. Poe panics during Sunny's staged victimization by the Incredibly Deadly Viper, he calls out a number of names in desperation. The exact quote reads as follows: "Good God! Blessed Allah! Zeus and Hera! Mary and Joseph! Nathaniel Hawthorne!" While the first six names refer to varying religious figures, the last individual, Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a 19th-century novelist.
- Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, the herpetologist (a person who studies reptiles), may be a reference to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Both the name of the boat to Peru, Prospero, and the name of Count Olaf's disguise, Stephano, are allusions to William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
- When planning how to prove that Stephano murdered Uncle Monty, Sunny is asked to watch the door and bite anyone that tries to enter the Reptile Room. The full quote reads '"Ackroid!" Sunny said, which probably meant something like "Roger!"' and is a likely reference to Agatha Christie's 1926 novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
- In the UK version of the cover, Klaus and Violet are not seen, and Uncle Monty is seen smiling rather than being frightened.
The Reptile Room; or, Murder!
A Series of Unfortunate Events No.2: The Reptile Room; or, Murder! is a paperback rerelease of The Reptile Room, designed to mimic Victorian penny dreadfuls. It was released on May 8, 2007. The book features a new full-colour cover, seven new illustrations, and the second part of a serial supplement entitled The Cornucopian Cavalcade, which includes the second part of a 13-part comic by Michael Kupperman entitled The Spoily Brats, an advice column written by Lemony Snicket, and the second part of a story by Stephen Leacock entitled A Psychic Pstory of the Psupernatural, along with other novelty additions.
- Brazilian Portuguese: "A Sala dos Répteis", Cia. das Letras, 1999, ISBN 85-359-0143-4
- Czech: "Temné terárium", Egmont, 2001, ISBN 80-7186-619-9
- Dutch: "De Slangenserre", Huberte Vriesendorp, 2006, ISBN 978-90-216-1530-1
- Finnish: "Käärmekammio" (The Snake Chamber), WSOY, 2001, ISBN 952-5418-04-9
- Greek: "Το δωμάτιο με τα Ερπετά", Ελληνικά Γράμματα, 2004, ISBN 960-406-749-4
- Japanese: "爬虫類の部屋にきた" (They Came to the Reptile Room) Soshisha, 2001, ISBN 4-7942-1099-X
- A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room, By Lemony Snicket , Illustrated by Brett Helquist: HarperCollins Children's Books
- A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning, By Lemony Snicket , Illustrated by Brett Helquist: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Now for the Unfortunate Paperbacks... - 4/9/2007 - Publishers Weekly[dead link]
- A Series of Unfortunate Events ::: NOW IN PAPERBACK![dead link]