The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning

Book - 1999
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After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1999.
ISBN: 9781405208673
9780439206471
0439206472
9780064407663
0064407667
9780060283124
0060283122
9780060518288
0060518286
9780439227582
Characteristics: 162 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett - Illustrator

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Nymeria23
Oct 04, 2017

I can't believe I never read this as a kid. It's very sad yet humorous with a dark humor, and I enjoyed it a lot!

I don't think it will ever give me a warm fuzzy feeling but I'm excited for the rest of the series!

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seeleylb
Jul 31, 2017

Could I pick up seven copies of this book on Sept. 9?

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MadelineB30
Jul 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this book because it kept me wanting to read. My favourite part was when violet and klaus were trying to save sunny from the tower. I also liked when they were trying to figure out what what count Olaf was planing. Overall, this book was great and I do not have any negative feedback.

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roop33
Jul 03, 2017

As the title of the book explains it all, this is a really, really, bad beginning to the Series Of Unfortunate Events. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys sad stories.

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boscoejoe14
Jul 01, 2017

These books are so good! If you haven't read them, you should!

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kaylaito
Apr 16, 2017

I like the show, but the book in french is not as good. I think it is terrible in french, but the book in english is pretty good.

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astriferousnight
Mar 23, 2017

Lemony Snicket never fails to please in this series. His writing style is still unmatched for me in any other author or book.

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LPL_Sarah
Aug 01, 2016

I've been reading this series to my 8 year old at bed time. It's been great except that it's not exactly the best book to lull a child to sleep (not because she's scared, but because she is shriek-laughing at the turn of every page).

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papia
Jul 27, 2016

This was really sad in the beginning and sad on the end. I fell bad for this kids. But as you continue the series you soon feel better for the kids.

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Kittyluv135
Jul 13, 2016

Although the title does suggest some of this book´s more depressing themes, it is also full of adventure, mystery, humor, and excitement. The main characters encourage critical thinking, persistence, and compassion, even in during grim situations.

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Erika_W
Jun 28, 2017

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy thing happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters."

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Pgalbert
Jul 06, 2016

“I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

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FatimaNasir_1
Jun 28, 2015

“Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”
― Lemony Snicket

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Brown_Ox_1
Jun 21, 2012

“I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong. You can look at a painting for the first time, for example, and not like it at all, but after looking at it a little longer you may find it very pleasing. The first time you try Gorgonzola cheese you may find it too strong, but when you are older you may want to eat nothing but Gorgonzola cheese. Klaus, when Sunny was born, did not like her at all, but by the time she was six weeks old the two of them were thick as thieves. Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”

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vchuynh
Jun 04, 2011

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are turned orphans when their parents suddenly die in a house fire. They are sent by the manager of their parents' funds, Mr. Poe, to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf. Count Olaf was an evil man, making them do chores and cook for his theatre troupe, who are equally evil people. One day Count Olaf orders the children to perform in a play called the Marvelous Marriage. In which case he asks his next door neighbor, Justice Strauss (a judge) to play herself in the play, violet to play his fiancee, and he will play the groom. Since a justice of the peace is present and they would sign actual marriage licenses, the marriage would be legal and he would be in charge of the rich fortune that was to await Violet when she turned 18. Klaus uncovers this plan after reading a book on nuptial law. Klaus confronts Olaf and Violet refuses to play the part but she is forced to because Olaf takes Sunny and places her in a cage on the top of a tower and threatens to drop her off the top of the tower. Violet is forced to play the part, so she goes through with the whole play. Once the marriage license is signed, Olaf announces to the crowd that he is legally married to Violet. Then Violet announces that she signed the license with her left hand. Everyone watching the play tries to capture Olaf and his theatre troupe, but they quickly turn off all the lights and the whole troupe escapes in a car.

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