The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning

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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. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them-tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years. Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe?
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062796028
Branch Call Number: JF SNICKET
Characteristics: 162 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett - Illustrator


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A Series of Unfortunate Events is popular, especially among pre-teens, for a reason. At first, I didn’t think I’d like the series since it seemed too odd and dreary. However, Lemony Snicket (the pen name for Daniel Handler) has such an intriguing style of writing. The series is about three orphans who try to escape Count Olaf, a relative who attempts to steal the inheritance the orphans are supposed to receive when they grow older. While I agree with others that the books in the middle of the series are repetitive, the end gets very interesting! There are so many clues and sub-plots that the books start to feel like a mystery series, and it’s very rewarding if you read every single book. It’s a clean read that’s great for people who are willing to finish something all the way through and get lost in the mystery and adventure. (Submitted by Beatrice)

Nov 12, 2018

It's really good book but he (the author) spoiles the book when they are just about to ______________________________________________SPOILERS________________________________________
believe it or not i got a A in my most recent writing assinment -yellow_mouse_84

Aug 11, 2018

Love it.

Jul 07, 2018

Great book I read this book a lot watch the Netflix series I can’t explain it anymore read the book yourself

Jun 29, 2018

I love this book and the series mostly I enjoyed how kids as nice as them got the worst luck possible because I feel like it made the book even more enjoyable.

Mar 31, 2018

The Series of Unfortunate Events books were some of my favorite to read as a kid. Read this one again for nostalgia reasons and it's still pretty good as an adult. Lemony Snicket has a subtle sense of humor that younger audiences may miss.

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

After their parents die, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have to go to a new guardian. Everything gets worse under his care. Dramatic story with a never ending bad ending with bits of humor mixed in.
Reviewed by Alyse, a Teen Library Council member

Mar 24, 2018

I liked this book because it had a lot of adventure. Lemony does a great job of adding tough words and explaining what they mean. The only reason I didn't like this book (I have read most of the series and have holds for the ones I haven't read) is because when I forgot what a word meant and couldn't find it by looking back I got really confused. Some parts are just a touch boring and it makes me irritated at the fact that they aren't doing what I would do, but the children are so smart and brave. I love this series. Later on it gets very confusing and he adds in letters to Beatrice and goes off on his own storylines which confused me very badly. Overall, this was a good book and I loved it! :)

SPPL_Kristen Mar 13, 2018

This series was more formative for me than Harry Potter was. Lemony Snicket writes with a dazzling wit and never condescends to his young readers. The characters and settings are engrossing for all ages, and the literary allusions will keep book nerds entertained through all thirteen books. Equal parts entertaining and tragic, I highly recommend these books to kids and adults alike.

Nov 22, 2017

This series easily defined my childhood! The characters truly touch your heart and pull at the heartstrings at every turn. Violet is such a great role model for young girls because of how intelligent and independent she is. These books are fairly sad but you will love every minute of it and become unbelievably engrossed in the outcome. Everyone should read this series! (Also much better than the movie or T.V show). Rating: 5/5
- @iloveunicorns of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Jun 28, 2017

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy thing happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters."

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Jul 06, 2016

“I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

Jun 28, 2015

“Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”
― Lemony Snicket

Jun 21, 2012

“I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong. You can look at a painting for the first time, for example, and not like it at all, but after looking at it a little longer you may find it very pleasing. The first time you try Gorgonzola cheese you may find it too strong, but when you are older you may want to eat nothing but Gorgonzola cheese. Klaus, when Sunny was born, did not like her at all, but by the time she was six weeks old the two of them were thick as thieves. Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”


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Jun 04, 2011

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are turned orphans when their parents suddenly die in a house fire. They are sent by the manager of their parents' funds, Mr. Poe, to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf. Count Olaf was an evil man, making them do chores and cook for his theatre troupe, who are equally evil people. One day Count Olaf orders the children to perform in a play called the Marvelous Marriage. In which case he asks his next door neighbor, Justice Strauss (a judge) to play herself in the play, violet to play his fiancee, and he will play the groom. Since a justice of the peace is present and they would sign actual marriage licenses, the marriage would be legal and he would be in charge of the rich fortune that was to await Violet when she turned 18. Klaus uncovers this plan after reading a book on nuptial law. Klaus confronts Olaf and Violet refuses to play the part but she is forced to because Olaf takes Sunny and places her in a cage on the top of a tower and threatens to drop her off the top of the tower. Violet is forced to play the part, so she goes through with the whole play. Once the marriage license is signed, Olaf announces to the crowd that he is legally married to Violet. Then Violet announces that she signed the license with her left hand. Everyone watching the play tries to capture Olaf and his theatre troupe, but they quickly turn off all the lights and the whole troupe escapes in a car.


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