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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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Member:AdonisGuilfoyle
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
Rating:****
Tags:Kindle, 2013

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As an adult reading this book, I had a hard time with children being put in a clearly abusive environment (where are social services?!), but I think children would get a kick out of the weird and scary characters. I would recommend it to most kids, but probably not those who clearly have actually had really bad things happen to them. ( )
  amythelibrarian | Feb 10, 2016 |
Really not that "unpleasant" at all. Rather, pretty much firmly in the genre of childrens' stories about disenfranchised orphans having to fight for their rights.

Nothing much terribly disturbing - a very light-hearted tone. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I am so annoyed I never read this series when I was actually a child. I would have loved it.

The writing style is reminiscent of Roald Dahl, with adults being categorised as either evil or oblivious. I am sure everybody remembers that at some points during their childhood, they weren't taken seriously and a lot of that is happening in the tragic story of the Baudelaire orphans. I loved Violet and Klaus, they were resourceful and intelligent, making the best of her situation and thinking of ways to rise above adversary.

It's refreshing to encounter a children's book that doesn't have a perfect little story with a happy ending as that just does not mirror real life. Adults can be evil, and circumstances change, sometimes for the worse. I am looking forward to reading the entire series. ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
The Baudelairs were very rich. Violet was the oldest. Klaus, the middle child who loved to read, and Sunny who bit everything. One day the Baudilairs were at the beach when Mr. Poe told them that their parents were killed in a terrible fire. Mr. Poe showed them what was left from the fire. The Baudilares are sent to their cousins house. When they arrived they met a lady who had a very nice house. To bad they were not staying with her. They then find Count Olaf's house. It is a wreck and there is a whole bunch of dirt and webs. Count Olaf greets them inside the house. In the house they noticed eyes all over the house, and one on Count Olaf's ankle. After meeting Count Olaf, Mr. Poe soon leaves.
Count Olaf makes the Baudlilairs do a lot of chores and cook his meals. Count Olaf brings his friends over. The Baudilares find out that count Olaf wants their fortune. Count Olaf finds out that if he marries Violet that he can have their fortune .Count Olaf arranges a play but in real life he is going to marry Violet. Violet refuses but is blackmailed by Count Olaf. Count Olaf put baby in a cage on top of the roof. Violet then agrees to play her parts and get married to Count Olaf. Klaus is forced to think of ways to stop Violet from marrying Count Olaf. When Klaus is trying to get Sunny out of the cage, a Man wit a hook attempts to kill him. He then falls off the building .Klaus find a glass shard and uses it to concentrate on the marriage paper. The marriage papers are burned and Count Olaf gets away along with his friends. ( )
  BrandoncB4 | Jan 21, 2016 |
The series was intriguing, that much I'll say. All the mystery wrapped up in the story, the cloak-and-dagger part, that enticed me into it. So did the brilliance of Violet's inventions- as a fan of Artemis Fowl, I am one who enjoys sheer brilliance in writing. Yet it was exceedingly boring at parts, like when he defines words I've known since kindergarten (okay, third grade) and especially when the story repeats itself. The ending was a let-down, far too lacksidasical for all the "this is a terrible story with a terrible ending" stuff, and it plays with the meaning of good and evil excessivly. When all was said and done, it was a rather irritating story. ( )
  jerenda | Jan 20, 2016 |
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To Beatrice—darling, dearest, dead.
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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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