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Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?

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, "Proceed, but cautiously."

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on October 24, 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 006279602X
ISBN-13: 9780062796028
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  • dictionary
    dictionaryThursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm55 stars
    I have to admit, this story made me cry. But before I begin, there is a warning. ''If you like stories with happy endings and do not like stories with sad endings, set this book down and get a different one'' For this case, stop reading the review. The Baudelaire's lives were fine, until the fire that made their parents perish. In this case, perish means ''killed'' Violet and Klaus thought that Mr. Poe was joking when he said that their parents had perished. They were stunned to see that he was right, and they were going to be spending the next few days with the Poes. Do not expect there to be happiness later, after all, this is called The Bad Beginning. Unfortunately, their parent's will was very specific. They must be raised by anyone who is related to them. That ended them up with Count Olaf. The strange thing about him was that he has eyes in his house. One printed on the wall, one in a room, and one on his left ankle. But Count Olaf is not exactly how you expect him to be. He is very mean, cruel, and greedy. If you did not know, he is after the fortune Violet and Klaus's parents left for them. He orders them to cook, chop wood, and he yells if they do not do the task like he wanted them to. But when he mentions the play coming up, Violet and Klaus get suspicious since he forced them to be in the play. But after reading law books, they realize he might be trying to get Violet to marry him during the play, so he can get the Baudelaire fortune. Fortunately, the fortune stays in the bank until Violet is at age to own it. Violet struggles to find ways during the play to not marry him, but it gets worse when they find out Sunny, their baby sister, is missing. Count Olaf had told them she might be in the backyard. They are frightened to see that she was hanging in the air tied to ropes. Olaf would release her if Violet did not marry him. If she did, he would give them Sunny. Violet had no choice but to accept. During the play, she yet had another trick up her sleeve that Count had not thought of. To be married, you must sign with your hand you use. Violet is right-handed. She signed with her left, and yet Olaf had already told his gang to get the baby because he thought they were married. Sunny ends up safe, and Violet is not married and the fortune is safe. Count is about to be arrested when he escapes. They were also going to live with Justice, the nice lawyer who let them use her books which saved them, cannot be their guardian. You see, the will the Bauldelaire parents left was very specific, as I have said before. They must be raised with a relative. That is, of course, a bad ending. After all, why would it be called The Bad Beginning?
    • JesseJumpThursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm
      This is a very detailed portrayal of the Baudelaire's first misadventure, a word which here means an unfortunate incident. However, I recommend you spend your elsewhere reading a much more joyful story. If you are fond of happy endings, you will not find one here. If you are still interested, I suggest reading the other 12 documentations of the Baudelaire children's story, as they will answer all of your questions.
      • 23pulidoa
        23pulidoaFriday, December 16, 2016 at 10:02 am55 stars
        so tell me if this is weird i read book 2,3, and 4 and i have not read the first one this is and awesome series if u have not read it all u should go check it out
        • vb15
          vb15Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:45 pm55 stars
          I'm still reading this book . But so far it has been a great book! This is only the first of 10! The four main charecters are the Baudelaire children witch are Vilot,Klaus,Sunny and last but not least Count Olaf! I definitely recommend this book!
          • DuhnyaROBLOXFriday, September 23, 2016 at 10:45 am
            Amazing. Can't put book down.
            • lil_lil101
              lil_lil101Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm55 stars
              This book is good at times I stayed up really late because I couldn't put the book down it was that good.
              • rockjule
                rockjuleTuesday, June 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm55 stars
                This is the series I love the most!
                • nonstopreader
                  nonstopreaderTuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:59 am
                  Great series. Horrible guardian. If your goal is Expanding Vocabulary this is a SUPER choice. Exciting read.
                  • nonstopreader
                    nonstopreaderTuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:58 am
                    Great series. Horrible guardian. If your goal is Expanding Vocabulary this is a SUPER choice. Exciting read.
                    • DmpMonday, May 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm
                      I loved this series! Its still my favorite book series even when I red it 2 years ago :)

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