This would be book number two in the Series of Unfortunate Events series of books by one Mr. Lemony Snicket.
I'm kind of disappointed that I saw the movie before I read these. I think I'd like the books a lot more if I didn't know what was going to happen. But I think the movie only covers books 1-3 so maybe once I hit book 4 I'll really like them. Not that I don't like them now, I just think they'd be more entertaining if I didn't know what I know. (does that make any sense at all?)
I am curious if Mr. Poe will ever start believing the kids when they tell him something instead of constantly dismissing them. And is Olaf the villain in all the books or just the first couple? I'm thinking that he is, seems too good a villain to have him killed or captured or anything like that.
In any event, next time I'm somewhere with books I'm going to have to pick up book number 3!