Bad Beginning (Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)


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Harper Collins

Meet the Baudelaire children, Sunny, Violet, and Klaus who are about to be told that their parents have perished in a fire.  Dire news for anyone but in this series of unfortunate events which proceeds for 13 books, things will descend drastically from bad to worse on a consistent basis.  Parents gone, the orphaned children are delivered to the derelict home of Count Olaf, their new guardian and the children grasp instantly that they are in for it and their family fortune is in peril.

The entire story is delivered as though we are sitting at the knees of the narrator and will occasionally be interrupted by random wanderings into book definitions or anything else that seems to come to mind for this person.  The melodrama combined with the sprinkling of tangents makes for a highly entertaining series filled with cliffhangers.  You never know what lies around the turn of the page with this guy.

Ages  8-12  978-0061146305   176 pages

Recommended by:  Barb

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this book is a really good book. It has trouble in every corner and evil is every were. And it dose some inventing.
so you should read it!!!
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The Bad Beginning, the first volume of the Series of Unfortunate Events is an amazing start to the series. It is about 3 wealthy, quick witted children. The oldest, Violet is an inventor and whenever she ties a bow in her hair, it means she’s thinking really hard. The 2nd oldest, Klaus, is an extraordinary reader. In his short life of 13 years and counting, he has read over 20,000 books on miscellaneous topics. The youngest, Sunny is very young (4 years), but despite her age, she is an excellent chef. One day, these children’s mother and father died in an awful fire, burning down their whole mansion, but Violet is not old enough to inherit the money, so, an evil character named Count Olaf tries and tries over and over again to steal it.

I would recommend this book for people from ages 8-80. The target audience for this book is action seekers, mystery lovers, and people who do not mind being very sad and/or disappointed at times. This book is amazing and thrilling and a wonderful start to a wonderful series.
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