I guess the best word for Lemony Snicket's latest book, 13 Words, is that the title isn't really accurate. While it is true that 13 words are highlighted, it is unclear why they were given prominence over the other 100 or so distinct words in the book. The story is rather bland, makes little sense and ultimately is quite depressing. My kids loved it. So if you want to read you children a book that doesn't try to have a story that is interesting, makes sense and is not depressing but that they will simultaneously love and think about, this one is pretty much it.