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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.

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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.

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

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1150 (What's this?)
  • Series: Unfortunate Events (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061146331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061146336
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Library Binding
After my teacher read the first book of the series to my class, I really wanted to continue to read the series on my own. After going to the Miami Book Fair and hearing the author speak I went out and bought all his books. The Wide Window is easily the best yet! It has twists, turns, realistic characters, and an enthralling plot. The book stars the three Baudelaire orphans as they go and live with their Aunt Josephine. Count Olaf immediatley comes into to town disguised as a capatain of a ship but doesn't trick the kids. Wait... I won't give the rest away! Read this book. It is a genuinely fabulous book that any reader will love. It was soooo good. Pick it up NOW!
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