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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 25 August 1999

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Make no mistake. The Bad Beginning begins badly for the three Baudelaire children, and then gets worse. Their misfortunes begin one gray day on Briny Beach when Mr. Poe tells them that their parents perished in a fire that destroyed their whole house. "It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed," laments the personable (occasionally pedantic) narrator, who tells the story as if his readers are gathered around an armchair on pillows. But of course what follows is dreadful. The children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched. But when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they--and their family fortune--are in real trouble. Still, they could never have anticipated how much trouble. While it's true that the events that unfold in Lemony Snicket's novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you'd hope, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl (remember James and the Giant Peach and his horrid spinster aunts), Charles Dickens (the orphaned Pip in Great Expectations without the mysterious benefactor), and Edward Gorey (The Gashlycrumb Tinies). There is no question that young readers will want to read the continuing unlucky adventures of the Baudelaire children in The Reptile Room and The Wide Window. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events: “Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Irrepressible, brave and charming.” -- New York Times Book Review

“With a cast of unforgettable characters, a distinctly literary air, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a great match for dark comedy fans.” -- Brightly

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0064407667
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (25 August 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780064407663
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 240 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.88 x 17.78 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
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Good binding and good quality of paper absolutely satisfied and this story as u would think is absolutely awesome
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1.0 out of 5 stars Second Hand book
By TARUNESH SHARAN on 26 October 2020
Books seems to be a used second hand book. Damaged cover, soiled papers . Extremely poor quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant pastime not only for kids...
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2019
This book series caught my attention because of the Netflix series with Neil Patrick Harris. And as I usually like reading the original books before watching a movie / series, I gave this one a try.

It is quite entertaining and very easy and fast to read. I really enjoy the lecture especially after a long and stressful working day (so far I have read books 1 - 6). This book series is just something you can switch your head off and can read it through without the need to concentrate too much. The way Lemony Snicket writes is very easy to follow and just makes you keep reading, even though the events in the book are predictable.
Also the illustrations by beginning of every chapter in the Kindle version are a welcome change!
The only thing I do not like is the patronising way to explain 'difficult' words - of course those stories were written for children but even then I don't think that that much explanation is actually needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son (10) loves these books and has really encouraged him to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting film for children far better than the film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story wonderfully told
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Chris-Collett
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate events title does not do it justice.
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