Like with many aspects of literature, the wittier and more creative the writing style is, the more it will encourage its readers to think outside of the box. This is especially true for younger readers who (while in school) are training to use their imaginations in the most productive ways possible.
There are a great many authors who have humor, wit, creativity and uncanny weirdness in their stories. However, none master it quite so well as a Mr. Lemony Snicket.
Snicket doesn't just pick up readers- he puts them in a comfortable chair, conjures up a hurricane, and tells you to sit tight until finally it's finished and the reader's been whisked away to a strange land with even stranger people. Not only does Snicket have a knack for the weird, he also has the tendency to (in his writing) break the fourth wall as outrageously as possible. This is especially prevalent in his "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
What's fantastic about Snicket's style is that he develops a close connection with the reader. So much so, that the connection becomes even more than the story and the reader becomes genuinely concerned for the author's well-being (so often printed in the author's notes in the back of the books).
The story itself is simply delightful (however unfortunate the circumstances set in the books may be). The reader joins the Baudelair orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny as they stumble into a frightfully strange new life after a fire consumed their home and parents. They meet strange relatives, people pretending to be relatives, and eventually, people who worked closely with their beloved parents.
The entire series is a fun, quirky read that's sure to capture the mind and heart of many who read it.