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,
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I enjoyed the setting - seems like it's in Victorian times with the clothing (in the illustrations at least) and the houses with large libraries, but it actually is set in more modern times.
I liked Violet and Klaus, since they were so polite and intelligent.
Sunny was just an annoying part of the book, but I guess her presence does figure into the plot at some point.
What I liked most about reading this was that it was reminiscent of Roald Dahl's books with the intelligent, lovely kids and the adults who are either absent, oblivious/unbelieving of the children, or evil.
I've started on the second one already since they're such fast reads. We'll see if the series gets anymore interesting.more
I have a feeling my reviews of this series might get quite repetitive. Favourite thing about this book: Violet, the girl, is the inventive, practical, active one, more so than Klaus, the boy. I mean, he tries too, but there's no insistence on him being the man of the family or anything.more