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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

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Publisher Comments:

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review:

"Written with old-fashioned flair, this fast-paced book is not for the squeamish....Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"While the misfortunes hover on the edge of being ridiculous, Snicket's energetic blend of humor, dramatic irony, and literary flair makes it all perfectly believable." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them — tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years. Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe?

Begin at the beginning — even if it is a bad one — with the first in A Series of Unfortunate Events, now even more disposable in paperback!

About the Author

Lemony Snicket grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans for HarperCollins. Visit him on the Web at www.lemony Snicket.com.

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Baje360, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by Baje360)
A great, quick read for all ages. The author combines humor and horrible events into a very entertaining read. Snicket plays off words to help the read understand what the characters are thinking and more about his journey. Violet, Klaus and Sonny are lovable, self reliant kids who have to overcome some very suspicious and unusual events.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064407663
Subtitle:
The Bad Beginning
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Illustrator:
Helquist, Brett
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 176 pages HarperCollins - English 9780064407663 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Written with old-fashioned flair, this fast-paced book is not for the squeamish....Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun."
"Review" by , "While the misfortunes hover on the edge of being ridiculous, Snicket's energetic blend of humor, dramatic irony, and literary flair makes it all perfectly believable."
"Synopsis" by , Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them — tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years. Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe?

Begin at the beginning — even if it is a bad one — with the first in A Series of Unfortunate Events, now even more disposable in paperback!

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