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The Trouble Begins, Movie Tie-in Edition: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 (The Bad Beginning; The Reptile Room; The Wide Window) Hardcover – October 26, 2004

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Lemony Snicket was born before you were, and is likely to die before you as well. His family has roots in a part of the country which is now underwater, and his childhood was spent in the relative splendor of the Snicket Villa which has since become a factory, a fortress and a pharmacy and is now, alas, someone else's villa.

To the untrained eye, Mr. Snicket's hometown would not appear to be filled with secrets. Untrained eyes have been wrong before. The aftermath of the scandal was swift, brutal and inaccurately reported in the periodicals of the day. It is true, however, that Mr. Snicket was stripped of several awards by the reigning authorities, including Honorable Mention, the Grey Ribbon and First Runner Up. The High Council reached a convenient if questionable verdict and Mr. Snicket found himself in exile.

Though his formal training was chiefly in rhetorical analysis, he has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. This project, being published serially by HarperCollins, takes him to the scenes of numerous crimes, often during the off-season. Eternally pursued and insatiably inquisitive, a hermit and a nomad, Mr. Snicket wishes you nothing but the best.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperKidsEntertainment (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060757736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060757731
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had this delivered for my nephew's birthday while I was out of the country, so I've not actually seen the product, but I was told that while the books were in good condition, the box was in very poor condition.

Also, I had assumed that the book covers would be the movie tie-in covers, but they're not - only the box has this cover. This didn't really bother me, as I prefer the originals, but I suspect that my nephew would be more apt to read them with the movie covers.

The books themselves are fun for an adult to read, but my eight-year-old nephew struggles a bit with them. He's not an avid reader, so a more bookish child might be fine - or you should wait until the child is a little older.
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Lemony Snicket has come a long way as an author of children's stories since "The Bad Beginning" - the first of thirteen novels in the planned A Series of Unfortunate Events. The premise of these books, if you don't already know, is to detail the most unpleasant experiences three young children might have while remaining within the boundaries of acceptability to the parents of American children, who are after all enormously protective of their offspring and their mental health. Often this is done by exaggerating particular elements of situation or character personality to a level of absurdity not to be taken seriously. At other times, the author simply begs his readers to skip passages over and over, exaggerating the tragedy of his tale. True, some of these things may seem repetitive and dull after a time, particularly the ignorance of certain adults and the bemoaning of Snicket's own character, but these are problems readers will have to - and should - endure to move on to further novels. As a first-time author, Snicket begins the series with an uncomplicated plot that leaves most puzzles tied up in under 200 pages. In comparison to his newest installment, "The Slippery Slope," this book may read slower and leave readers a little unenthusiastic, but without such an opener better novels would never have emerged. Second in this box set is "The Reptile Room," and this novel provides a prototype for the following five novels in basic plot layout. In this pattern, the three protagonists are sent from one guardian to another where they encounter various misfortunes related to the appearance of the cruel opposition, Count Olaf and his theater troupe, and must eventually be passed on. This book also contains one of the longest non-unfortunate spells of any book in the series.Read more ›
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The first 3 books in Lemony Snicket's: Series Of Unfortunate Events books are good though need more characters because the characters that are there always are: Violet, Klaus, Sunny, Mr. Poe and Count Olaf. Then there is one other Baleduaire and that's it; other than that great books!
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