A Series of Unfortunate Events

                                        A Series of Unfortunate Events Book
                                        the First - The Bad Beginning
                                        Lemony Snicket
                                        Illustrator: Brett Helquist
                                        Genre: Novel
                                        Format: Hardcover
                                        Age Range: 9 to 12 years
                                        ISBN: 0064407667
                                        Pages: 176
                                        Pub. Date: July 1999
                                        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

The Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, begin the Series of Unfortunate Events with the loss of their loving parents. Mr. Poe becomes executor of their parents' estate until Violet is of age. The horrible Count Olaf, a distant relative, becomes the inept guardian of the unfortunate, orphaned trio. Violet is an inventor, Klaus is an avid reader, and Sunny is the toddler who bites and speaks in gibberish.
The book is written in a somber tone that is almost comedic. Things always work themselves out although they lead to other precarious situations. Any new words a younger reader may be unfamiliar with are explained by the narrator.
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