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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by [Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist, Michael Kupperman]
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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Kindle Edition

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"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book." So cautions Snicket, the exceedingly well-mannered narrator of these two witty mock-gothic novels featuring the misadventures of 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus and infant Sunny Baudelaire. From the first, things look unfortunate indeed for the trio: a fire destroys their home, killing their parents along with it; the executor of their parents' estate, the obtuse Mr. Poe (with a son, Edgar), ignores whatever the children have to say; and their new guardian, Count Olaf, is determined to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. But by using their individual gifts (Violet's for inventing, Klaus's for reading and researching and baby Sunny's for biting) the three enterprising children thwart the Count's planAfor now. The author uses formal, Latinate language and intrusive commentary to hilarious effect, even for readers unfamiliar with the literary conventions he parodies. The peril in which he places the Baudelaires may be frightening (Count Olaf actually follows through on his threats of violence on several occasions), but the author paints the satire with such broad strokes that most readers will view it from a safe distance. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over; readers eager for more misfortune can turn to The Reptile Room, for an even more suspenseful tale. Exquisitely detailed drawings of Gothic gargoyles and mischievous eyes echo the contents of this elegantly designed hardcover. Age 9-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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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)

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

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

“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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B000VYX8PE
  • Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Publication date : March 17, 2009
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3950 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 146 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Vala
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant pastime not only for kids...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 29, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant pastime not only for kids...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 29, 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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James
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate events title does not do it justice.
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