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Editor’s Note

“Sensationally spellbinding...”

Begin at the beginning of this wonderfully weird, impressively imaginative, sprawling series by master wordsmith Snicket, whose spellbinding prose captivates readers of all ages.
Scribd Editor

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

Topics: Illustrated, Metafiction, Adventurous, Black Humor, Dark, Suspenseful, Spooky, Melodramatic, Whimsical, Macabre, Exciting, Absurdist , Orphans, Siblings, Gothic, Family, Made into a Movie, Death, Childhood, Greed, Inheritance, and 20th Century

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061757099
List price: $6.99
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Truly this is a 3.5 star rating. I really couldn't give it anymore than that though, since this is more of just a cute tale and not any wonderfully epic book.
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
Reasonably enjoyable as a quick read. I don't feel like I must have more right now, but while I don't want too much to occupy my brain, it's quite fun. The narrative voice is irritatingly patronising, from my point of view, and I can't actually imagine that it's that much better for a kid.

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

Hilarious book. I love Sunny like mad. "Neepo!"more
I know people find Lemony Snicket to be an annoying narrator but I think he's charming and witty. I do enjoy witty. And morse. I like my kids lit dark.more
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Truly this is a 3.5 star rating. I really couldn't give it anymore than that though, since this is more of just a cute tale and not any wonderfully epic book.
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
Reasonably enjoyable as a quick read. I don't feel like I must have more right now, but while I don't want too much to occupy my brain, it's quite fun. The narrative voice is irritatingly patronising, from my point of view, and I can't actually imagine that it's that much better for a kid.

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

Hilarious book. I love Sunny like mad. "Neepo!"more
I know people find Lemony Snicket to be an annoying narrator but I think he's charming and witty. I do enjoy witty. And morse. I like my kids lit dark.more
This book creeped me out...in a bad way. I rather enjoyed the story and characters but WTF is up with the uncle/incestuous aspect of this book--ew.more
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