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The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3) Library Binding – February 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Unfortunate Events (Book 3)
  • Library Binding: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060283149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060283148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,378,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In The Bad Beginning, things, well, begin badly for the three Baudelaire orphans. And sadly, events only worsen in The Reptile Room. In the third in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, there is still no hope on the horizon for these poor children. Their adventures are exciting and memorable, but, as the author points out, "exciting and memorable like being chased by a werewolf through a field of thorny bushes at midnight with nobody around to help you."

This story begins when the orphans are being escorted by the well-meaning Mr. Poe to yet another distant relative who has agreed to take them in since their parents were killed in a horrible fire. Aunt Josephine, their new guardian, is their second cousin's sister-in-law, and she is afraid of everything. Her house (perched precariously on a cliff above Lake Lachrymose) is freezing because she is afraid of the radiator exploding, she eats cold cucumber soup because she's afraid of the stove, and she doesn't answer the telephone due to potential electrocution dangers. Her greatest joy in life is grammar, however, and when it comes to the proper use of the English language, she is fearless.

But just when she should be the most fearful--when Count Olaf creeps his way back to find the Baudelaire orphans and steal their fortune--she somehow lets her guard down. Once again, it is up to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny to get themselves out of danger. Will they succeed? We haven't the stomach to tell you. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) reads volumes three and four of his Series of Unfortunate Events saga. A snappy, techno tune by a group called the Gothic Archies serves as toe-tapping introduction to Handler's chipper performance of his humorously melodramatic tales. The first two audiobooks in the series, performed by British actor Tim Curry, were released by Listening Library in March.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lemony Snicket claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

Customer Reviews

This book is very good and it has taught me a lot.
Fabrizio
So when Aunt Josephine falls in love with Olaf, disguised as Captain Sham, the Baudelaires are in trouble.
Toni Masters
I couldn't stop reading it!I can't wait to read the rest of the books and see what happens next!
A kid

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy the dark humor of Edward Gorey, this series will probably enchant. The characters are intelligent and sympathetic. However, while the books may be a tad bit dark for some younger readers, portions of this series are too simplistic for more mature readers. Snickett often writes in definitions for "big" words used. When the definitions stay in context, they're amusing and maintain the atmosphere. When the definitions are more dictionary like, they distract. The Series of Unfortunate Events, nonetheless, is a great series that children of all ages can enjoy. If anything, kids will sympathize with the Baudelaires frustration with the adults around them. For a turn on the lighter side - I recommend Gail Levine's "Princess Tales" series.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Cassels on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As far as "darkness" or "inappropriateness" for youngsters goes, I tried reading *The Bad Beginning* to my 7-year-old a while ago and he begged off after one chapter, saying that it made him feel too sad; but the other day he took it off the shelf and -- on his own -- is now half-way through "Book the Second" of this series, *The Reptile Room.* I'm happy to report that he has a real treat in store when he turns to this volume of the Baudelaire orphan's adventures, for it is easily the best of the lot. Longer than either of its predecessors, it is also more relaxed and assured -- not that the pace is slack (far from it), it's simply that Snicket is more at home with his bag of tricks and is beginning to manipulate his deliberately limited, muted palette with a master's verve. Fearful, grammar-haunted Aunt Josephine is a wonderful, painfully funny addition to the improbable constellation of distant "family" through which it is the Baudelaire's sad fate to pass, and her second most notable quirk bears an interesting relationship to Snicket's own frequent definitions of "big words." This last feature seems to bother a lot of people, but I think these folks are trying to bully something which is primarily an *aesthetic* device of great flexibility into an overly-rigid pedagogical frame. These books aren't nasty things which are -- like certain exilirs --nevertheless good for you, they're wonderfully entertaining works of verbal art, and if one had to troll their depths for messages, one would find, cumulatively, that these have more to do with self-reliance and competence than with any of the hideous treatment the Baudelaire's endure or the corpses that are left in their wake.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I will agree with the comparison to Edward Gorey, this is definitly a great series for fans of his dark hilarious work. I work in a book store and this series has lately been our latest addiction. Sad & dismel yes, but the clever wrting by Mr Snicket keeps the reader from despair. Wonderful quick reads for the "adults" who grew up with a black sense of humor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JulieS on September 1, 2000
Format: Library Binding
After having read Daniel Handler's books, I learned from some casual web surfing about his pseudonym Lemony Snicket. Having read just The Wide Window, I would say that I now want to read the rest of the Lemony Snicket books. As an adult, I found this book charming and humorous. The Baudelaire orphans are amusing, particularly little Sunny of the super-sharp teeth. This book was not a long complicated read like Harry Potter books, but it was full of great humor and some suspense. I think that this type of book would delight most children who enjoyed books with a sly sense of humor. As well there is an education value as this book uses some "vocabulary words" that kids might not know, but then immediately defines these words. After reading this one, I now want to go out and get the whole series so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ginger on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hooray for the Series of Unfortunate Events! This is definitely one of my favorite series (if not my favorite). I love the funny ways the author words his sentences, makes fun of adults, and breaks almost every rule in the "Good Writing Tips" section of my grammar book. In this third book, the three unfortunate orphans are visiting their Aunt Josephine, who is afraid of everything, especially realtors. But, of course, evil Count Olaf (Boo! Hiss!) catches up with them, and Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire have to thwart his next plan to get their fortune. But the main question is, will Aunt Josephine survive the ordeal? Or will she discover the same fate as Uncle Monty in the previous book?
I didn't think this book was as good as the first two, but I still love it, think it's great, and give it five stars. Hopefully, you will too, and if you do, some other books similar to "The Wide Window" are "Matilda" by Roald Dahl, "The Twin in the Tavern" by Barbara Brooks Wallace, and "Half Magic" by Edward Eager.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "shayamorph" on May 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the most tragic book I have read in Lemony Snicket's hilarious A Series Of Unfortunate Events books. The third book, The Wide Window, is probably the most miserable tale of all for the three Baudelaire orphans, and misfortunate just can't stay away from them. When Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are sent to stay with kind old Aunt Josephine in a most unusual house overlooking a hill towering over the watery depths of Lake Lachrymose, home of the venomous Lachrymose Leeches. They don't want to ever encounter their greedy uncle Count Olaf ever again, who has tried to steal their fortune and will never stop until he has it. Just when things look more then unpleasant, their Aunt Josephine mysteriously vanishes into the lake, and the Baudelaires know their poor aunt is a victime of suicide. But the conspiracy that lurks this time for them will be more then sneaky, and now the Baudelaires will have to dodge the greedy hands of a sinister villain once again. This is perhaps the most miserable story in the hilarious series that keeps getting more and more miserable. The author knows perfectly how to make a hysterical but dreadful tale, with a chain of events that will be sure to entertain.
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