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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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Great story and very well written! As an adult reading this book, I still found it very interesting and was engaged with the characters. I'm interested in reading more of this series! I loved the writing and the writing style. Highly recommended! ( )
  thealtereggo | Mar 29, 2016 |
It's pretty neat. Although the author is constantly warning you, that there'll be no happy ending (and I prefer those these days), I couldn't put it down. ( )
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
The Baudelaire children couldn’t be more unlucky. They lose their parents, their home and all their belongings in a terrible fire, and they are sent to live with the mysterious Count Olaf as his wards. His place is nothing short of creepy and he treats them terribly. And that’s just the beginning of their bad luck. Will they be able to thwart his nefarious plan to steal their fortune? Will they have to live with him? How can children protect themselves against adults who are more knowledgeable and who have all the power?

It’s a deliciously wicked tale. And you can’t claim you weren’t warned as both the book jacket and the audio CD jacket clearly warn you this will be unpleasant – even scary. Still children (and adults) will absolutely love it. The audio book is performed by Tim Curry and a supporting cast. Curry is at his best performing this book. His narration made it all the more enjoyable for me. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
Lemony Snicket's first book in The Series of Unfortunate Events collection is a fun action, adventure and mystery story for readers that are becoming acclimated to chapter books, such as third, fourth and lower fifth and sixth grade readers. The book is set in a town similar to any small city so the story could be more mysterious and believable. The three Baudelaire children are similar to any children with interests in reading, completing puzzles or inventing things and biting any item as a baby would; this makes the story a contemporary realistic fiction as the characters and their actions mimic real life, such as the characters and the town that they live in. The words found in the text are that of a fourth grade level with some more difficult words being offered a definition or are explained through dialogue or narration in the story. Some words that were explained include "simmered", "relinquished", and "standoffish". These words may not be used in the average fourth or fifth grade vocabulary, but this text exposes the reader to the words as well as a easy to read definition and use in a sentence. I believe it is a book for older elementary because it is lengthy for a young reader and has few pictures but the text provides scaffolds for it's readers in order to build vocabulary and better comprehend the story.
  Sdaile2 | Feb 22, 2016 |
This series is more than it meets the eye, and this is only the beginning!!! ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
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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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