Review of The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)  by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist (illustrator)

Review: This is the first time I have ever read this series, and it is so good! I have no idea why I have not read this before. I must have lived under a rock or something as a child. But I am so happy to be reading this series now, right after watching the new show on Netflix. I just can’t stop reading once I start one of the books.

And can we just talk about how crazy and evil Count Olaf is to these kids. I mean where are the adults that need to be taking care of these kids and not leaving them with this wacko!

I also feel like the more I read of this series the more my questions mount. Like there is no end to them now and only the smallest and insignificant ones get answered. So now, I have to go and read more of these books to try to figure out whats going on.

Favorite Quote: All of the narration was my favorite!!!!!

Would I? Buy this book for others? Hell yeah! Would I buy this whole series in hardback? I only need one more book to finish up my set!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Hardcover, 162 pages.

Young adult. Children’s. Fiction. Fantasy.

Published September 30th 1999 by HaperCollinsPublishers.

Summery: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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