Synopses & Reviews
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.
In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.
"Related by a (per)snickety narrator, the books' unbelievable plot turns and one-dimensional characters parody bygone dime novels, but stylistic flourishes keep the stories entertaining." Horn Book
The second tale of the Baudelaire orphans may seem cheery at first, but don't be fooled. In fact, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the reappearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
Do snakes make you nervous? How about salamanders? Does the mention of a brass reading lamp give you conniptions? Is a long knife something you wish to avoid? A car accident? An odor? Cake? Death? Clues to a bloodthirsty crime?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, "'Beware' doesn't begin to cover it."
Imagine tales so terrible that as many as 50 million innocents have been ruined by them andndash; tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times Bestseller List has been unable to rid itself of it for seven years.
Now imagine 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?
Lock your doors and hide your little ones, for this is no mere fancy. The reviled Lemony Snicket's tales of the Baudelaire orphans are reborn ... in an even more disposable format.
About the Author
Lemony Snicket is the author of all 170 chapters in A Series of Unfortunate Events
. Despite everything, he is still at large.
Brett Helquist was born in Arizona, grew up in Utah and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since.