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Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Paperback, 272 pages
Published on September 1, 2012 by Egmont Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1405266104
ISBN-13: 9781405266109
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  • cuddles13
    cuddles13Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm44 stars
    It was a cool book, with the Quagmieres hidden and all, but I absolutely hate the elders
    • emmabookworm5
      emmabookworm5Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm55 stars
      This book is awesome! I wish I had talents like Violet, Sunny, and/or Klaus. (I actually am a Klaus; I read so many books, as you can tell by my username. I'm basically a living recommendation!) Once I read these books, I got into this Violet phase where I tried to invent these awesome things. (Obviously they didn't work; otherwise I would have been emmainventor)
      • alexvel
        alexvelWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm55 stars
        It is good because these orphans do this crazy stuff and succeed at what they do. Do not read this if you only read about hapiness
        • kangj
          kangjMonday, September 30, 2013 at 11:59 pmFeatured
          This book is comparatively one of the more interesting books I've read in this series (and also one of my most recent re-reads) because of the mystery surrounding the Quagmires, the mystery surrounding the scraps of paper with couplets, and the mystery surrounding the ridiculous amount of (sometimes contradictory) V.F.D. laws. You may want to read this only after having finished the previous books.
          • bookworm88
            bookworm88Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm55 stars
            Yes! I actually haven't read any previous ones before this, but I still was able to understand it because i've watched the movie and the recent series which I also suggest.
          • 259191
            259191Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:54 am
            I really liked this series :D
            • lozzie123456789
              lozzie123456789Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm55 stars
              Absolutely love it

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