A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book
the First - The Bad Beginning by
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Age Range: 9 to 12 years
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.