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A Series of Unfortunate Events - The Bad Beginning

Author:  Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (23 votes)


Feb 27,2017

I loved this book. What i don't understand is that Lemony Snicket is asking you not to read this book, when actually his books are amazing. It's almost like he's doubting himself! I wonder how he became popular... But this book is really great. It gets scary when Count Olaf starts his plotting, and the end is surprising. It made me want to squeeze all the words out of the book! Thne i could rewrite it and say that the Baudlaires lived happily ever after and Count Olaf was arrested and Mr Poe was fired and the Baudlaire orphans lived with Justice Straus. But alas, i cannot.

Jan 11,2017

The plot of the book is very quite strange. There are parts that could be cut out, but otherwise i think the book is quite an easy read and a very quite interesting book. 

Jun 16,2016

I love this series. I think the main reason is becuase of the fact that it basically says "Dont read This book" I think he is a great writer and I love how he makes himself part of the book. If you are going by the movie it is not even half as good as the books.

Oct 29,2015

This book has become one of my favourite books because of its unique style of writing and plot. This book is enjoyable for those who 

Jun 10,2015

The Bad Beginning is a fantasy novel written by Lemony Snicket. It is fantasy because the events in it are highly unlikely to happen. This novel is from the series A Series Of Unfortunate Events. The evil Count Olaf is a villain: greedy, selfish and ruthless. The unlikeliness of him adopting children after their parents died in order to ‘gain control of the Baudelaire family fortune’ makes his personality devilish and someone having this personality along with the events that happen is so unlikely that it therefore fits into the fantasy genre. I find that this novel is unique because it is unlike any other fantasy novel I have read. In the other novels I have read such as Alice in Wonderland, the Percy Jackson series and Gone, there is some impossible element whilst in The Bad Beginning it feels that it could disturbingly happen.

The orphans, Klaus, Violet and Sunny are all interesting characters due to their personalities. Two of the three children have interesting habits while Klaus loves to read books. Violet is always thinking about building and constructing objects and Sunny is always biting things. I like the setting of Olaf’s house because it represents the personality Olaf has ‘The bricks were stained with soot and grime...everything in this room was filthy’. The plot of the evil Olaf trying to gain control of the children’s inherited fortune is interesting however I find that the idea of the hero and the villain are too vivid and there is not enough variety in the events that happen after the children are adopted. 

Jul 28,2014

Hey 8D This is Clem, 

This book is about the exciting adventures of the Baudelaire children, the eldest being Violet, the middle child’s name is Klaus, and the youngest is Sunny.  The Baudelaire parents own a huge fortune and the family lives in a mansion.  One gloomy day the children get told that their parents and all of their belongings have been disintegrated in a fire.  They now have to live with their closest relative Count Olaf. 

I liked the book because it was adventurous and had emotional parts.  I would recommend it to people the age 10 and up as younger kids would not understand the plot. 

You would be able to find I tin the college library.


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