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The bad beginning / by Lemony Snicket ; illustrations by Brett Helquist.

By: Snicket, Lemony [author.].
Contributor(s): Helquist, Brett [author,, illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Snicket, Lemony, Series of unfortunate events: bk. 1.Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: 162 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.ISBN: 9781405266062; 0060283122 (lib. bdg.); 0064407667.Subject(s): Orphans -- Children's fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Children's fictionGenre/Form: Humorous stories.DDC classification: [Fic.] Summary: After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.
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<p>Dear reader,</p> <p>There is nothing to be found in Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' but misery and despair. You still have time to choose another international best-selling series to read. But if you insist on discovering the unpleasant adventures of the Baudelaire orphans, then proceed with caution...</p> <p>Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.</p> <p>In The Bad Beginning , the siblings encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune and cold porridge for breakfast.</p> <p>In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted.</p> <p>Despite their wretched contents, 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' has sold 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey. And in the future things are poised to get much worse, thanks to the forthcoming Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris. You have been warned.</p> <p>Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures?</p> <p> The Bad Beginning <br> The Reptile Room <br> The Wide Window <br> The Miserable Mill <br> The Austere Academy <br> The Ersatz Elevator <br> The Vile Village <br> The Hostile Hospital <br> The Carnivorous Carnival <br> The Slippery Slope <br> The Grim Grotto <br> The Penultimate Peril <br> The End </p> <p>And what about All the Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about:</p> <p>'Who Could That Be at This Hour?'</p> <p>'When Did you Last See Her?'</p> <p>'Shouldn't You Be in School?'</p> <p>'Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?'</p> <p>Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.</p> <p>Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.</p>

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.

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Gr 4-6-This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune. When Olaf holds Sunny hostage to force Violet to marry him, it takes all of the siblings' resourcefulness to outwit him. Violet's inventive genius, Klaus's forte for research, and Sunny's gift for biting the bad guys at opportune moments save the day. However, the evil Count escapes, only to return in The Reptile Room just as the children are settling into a far more pleasant life with their new guardian, Uncle Monty, who is promptly murdered by Olaf and his cohorts. Though the villain escapes again, and beloved Uncle Monty is dead, the children are safe...for now. While the misfortunes hover on the edge of being ridiculous, Snicket's energetic blend of humor, dramatic irony, and literary flair makes it all perfectly believable. The writing, peppered with fairly sophisticated vocabulary and phrases, may seem daunting, but the inclusion of Snicket's perceptive definitions of difficult words makes these books challenging to older readers and excellent for reading aloud.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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