My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
I distinctly remember buying this book at the same time I bought The Bad Beginning. I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I read all of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I really want the nine-year-old to read them. I think she'd enjoy the series.
I think of this series as fantasy for non-fantasy readers. It's fantasy, but there's lots of accessible references to other fairy tales/myths. I meant to read them in publication order this time around (Book 4 was published first and then the others came after), but I forgot when it actually came time to read them. I thought about skipping ahead and then backtracking, but I think I'm just going to press on to Book 2.