This book is very good, it is about three kids named Violet, Klaus and Sunny. They were allowed to go to the beach by they're parents so they were walking on the beach and then they decided to go back home so they came back and saw that their house was all burned down! They went inside and saw that their parents were not there so they cried for a bit. Their parents were rich so they had a very close friend who was a banker, the banker took the kids in to his house for one night and then sent them to a relative named Count Olaf and that is the bad beginning. I recommend this book to ages 9-13 because it is a little too unfortunate for kids who are younger.