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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: A Series of… (original 1999; edition 2009)

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator)

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Title:A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1
Authors:Lemony Snicket
Other authors:Brett Helquist (Illustrator), Michael Kupperman (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Collections:Read in 2013 (inactive), Your library
Tags:Kindle, 2013

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999)

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I LOOOOOOOVE THISBOOK SERIES!! I mean how come they never made a second movie adaptation! I found the movie awesome! I mean. Yeah. (nothing will beat the Harry Potter series, of course). I remember watching the movie first before reading the book. (I was just 8 or 9 or 10 by then, i think) so i read the book after i watched the movie. And i really liked the book. The Baudelaire children are so 'unfortunate' but they still manage to stick together and outsmart the ever so evil Count Olaf. Must-read! ( )
  PamZaragoza | Jun 27, 2014 |
I actually listened to this on tape/cd. If you get the chance, it is read by Tim Curry, and what is not to love about him reading a kids book? ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
I adore these books, I really do. A great introduction to the series, gets you accustomed to the completely over-the-top villain that is Count Olaf. So maybe these books are unrealistic, bending the rules of what you can do before it just gets stupid, but hey, don't we need more of that? ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
I love Lemony Snicket! This book bring you on a journey through the lives of three orphans whose parents die in a horrible fire. They are then adopted by there wacky uncle who tries to set up their death to inherit their fortune. The book is wacky, heartwarming, and scary all in one! It is a wonderful read! I can't wait to read the rest of the series! ( )
  CMJohnson | Apr 29, 2014 |
Violet, Clause, and Sunny lose their parents and become orphans who are shipped off to be under the care of the horrible Count Olaf, and that's just the first day! The introductory book to this peculiar and wonderful series of unfortunate... well, you know.

I actually saw the movie before I read this book and I enjoyed it enough to dig deeper. The book is excellent and really paints a deeper picture than the movie can provide in such a short time. Written in shorter volumes that create a cereal story, these books are excellent to pick up and devour, one right after the other. Having children as the protagonists, especial exceeding talented and intelligent ones, makes for an excellent adventure that younger readers can dig into. ( )
  abrial2433 | Mar 17, 2014 |
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If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
The children looked from the well-scrubbed house of Justice Strauss to the dilapidated one next door. The bricks were stained with soot and grime. There were only two small windows, which were closed with the shades drawn even though it was a nice day. Rising about the windows was a tall and dirty tower that tilted slightly to the left. The front door needed to be repainted, and carved in the middle of it was an image of an eye. The entire building sagged to the side, like a crooked tooth.
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After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
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Make no mistake. The Bad Beginning begins badly for the three Baudelaire children, and then gets worse. Their misfortunes begin one gray day on Briny Beach when Mr. Poe tells them that their parents perished in a fire that destroyed their whole house. "It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed," laments the personable (occasionally pedantic) narrator, who tells the story as if his readers are gathered around an armchair on pillows. But of course what follows is dreadful. The children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched. But when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they--and their family fortune--are in real trouble. Still, they could never have anticipated how much trouble. While it's true that the events that unfold in Lemony Snicket's novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you'd hope, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl (remember James and the Giant Peach and his horrid spinster aunts), Charles Dickens (the orphaned Pip in Great Expectations without the mysterious benefactor), and Edward Gorey (The Gashlycrumb Tinies). There is no question that young readers will want to read the continuing unlucky adventures of the Baudelaire children in The Reptile Room and The Wide Window. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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