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Lemony Snicket
Children's Fiction SNICKET

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Avatar for booklion246 booklion246 said:
While this book was good, I don't think I want to continue this series.
posted Jan 7, 2014 at 2:48PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
Book one of the Series of Unfortunate Events. I remember reading this as a child when this first came out, and loving it. At age eight, it was something so different and like nothing I had ever read before. Being much older and wiser now, I still think that it is one of the most different series I have ever read. Everything about it is so creative, from the unique characters to the plots marred with strange twists and turns. Everyone should read this series at one point in their life, just to say they did-I’ve read it twice.
posted Sep 15, 2012 at 4:21PM
bryonni said:
i love this book and it’s suspens
posted Jul 17, 2012 at 2:32PM
jazzy2 said:
I just started reading these books and they have surprised me how good they are. For such a short book lots of exciting things happen. Cant wait to read the next one! recommend it it to anyone who likes mystery.
posted Jun 16, 2012 at 10:06AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Oh, despair for the poor little Baudelaire children! Inventive Violent (age 14), bookworm Klaus (age 12), and baby Sunny, who likes to bite, have absolutely no happiness in store for them—and we are assured of that fact from the beginning by a wry narrator who cautions that “If you like stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.” Orphaned when their beloved parents and home are consumed by a fire, the trio of Baudelaire siblings are installed in the gloomy home of distant relative Count Olaf. Count Olaf, of course, is a wicked villain with dastardly designs on the hefty Baudelaire fortune. Since every other adult in the book is completely clueless, Violent, Klaus, and Sunny must rely on their own pluck and resolve to get out of this sticky situation. But remember that the title of this series is, after all, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The adults get no wiser, the children no luckier, and at the end of The Bad Beginning the Baudelaires are no better off than they were before. The reader, however, has been in a fit of giggles since page one. Author Lemony Snicket tells his tale of woe in a gleefully tongue-in-cheek fashion. Satirizing the literary conventions of many an old-fashioned classic, Snicket takes the orphan story to wonderfully absurd new heights. His flair for the comically melodramatic continues in The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and ten other cunning titles.
posted Aug 17, 2010 at 11:38AM
Mackenzie said:
This book is full of the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children- now orphans. First their parents die in a fire then their loco parentis tries to steal their fortune. Will everything turn out all right?
posted Aug 9, 2010 at 9:43AM
Mackenzie said:
This book is full of the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children- now orphans. First their parents die in a fire then their loco parentis tries to steal their fortune. Will everything turn out all right?
posted Aug 9, 2010 at 9:43AM
probablynarnia said:
I don't even know what to say... A great series. I love Snicket's commentary.
posted Jul 11, 2010 at 10:40PM
Sophie said:
I think this is a very good book. It is a book that has a lot of mystery and suspense. I couldn't stop reading it because I wanted to know what would happen next. The book is about Violet, Sunny, and Claus Baudalaire. Their parents died in a fire. They were sent to a relative who would be their guardian. He tries to steal their fortune. Then see how it ends yourself because I don't want give away too much or you'll know all the answers.
posted Jun 23, 2010 at 11:40AM
Sophie said:
I think this is a very good book. It is a book that has a lot of mystery and suspense. I couldn't stop reading it because I wanted to know what would happen next. The book is about Violet, Sunny, and Claus Baudalaire. Their parents died in a fire. They were sent to a relative who would be their guardian. He tries to steal their fortune. Then see how it ends yourself because I don't want give away too much or you'll know all the answers.
posted Jun 23, 2010 at 11:40AM
camryn said:
this is a great book
posted Apr 21, 2010 at 6:22PM
camryn said:
hay that is not as hard as a book as everyone says it is
posted Apr 21, 2010 at 6:21PM
Josie said:
This book is the best and if you read this book you will really enjoy the rest of the series. It's about three orphans and a evil relative who is Count Olaf.
posted Mar 23, 2010 at 11:56AM
Josie said:
This book is the best and if you read this book you will really enjoy the rest of the series. It's about three orphans and a evil relative who is Count Olaf.
posted Mar 23, 2010 at 11:56AM
Monkeyqr;gi said:
I love Lemony Snicket
posted Dec 15, 2009 at 2:04PM
Avatar for curly Q curly Q said:
that is a whole lot of comments!
posted Oct 3, 2009 at 9:45PM
Christina said:
This book is a great start for the Unfortunate Events series. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny lost their parents in a fire and go to live with a really mean and greedy man named Count Olaf. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have a fortune that was left behind from their parents. Count Olaf is trying to get that fortune. He does some really mean things, but you will have to read and find out.
posted Jun 5, 2008 at 5:44PM
Christina said:
This book is a great start for the Unfortunate Events series. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny lost their parents in a fire and go to live with a really mean and greedy man named Count Olaf. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have a fortune that was left behind from their parents. Count Olaf is trying to get that fortune. He does some really mean things, but you will have to read and find out.
posted Jun 5, 2008 at 5:44PM
bknstar1 said:
If you like sad stories than you would like this book i will tell you a short summary Ok the bauldnaries children are very sad because there parents died and the house cathc on fire. they are sent to this gu name count olaf and he is a terrible man that is all i have to tell you so if you are intersted in this book check it out because its a very good book!
posted May 24, 2008 at 11:00AM
Rob said:
When I started reading this book, just the first paragraph pulled me in to it! It is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudlaire. When they learn of their parent's deaths, they go and live with a suspicious man named Count Olaf. A lot of action happens in this book including the poor Baudlaire orphans forced to do chores, getting held prisoner in a forbidden tower, and a horrible plan involving tricking an adult, attemting to marry one of the Baudelaires, and steal their fortune! Will Olaf get the Baudlaire fortune? Will the orphans manage to escape? You can find the answers to these questions in: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Also if you finish the book, here's a great website! www.lemonysnicket.com I've read the book and I love it! And I hope you do too!
posted Apr 8, 2008 at 5:39PM
Rob said:
When I started reading this book, just the first paragraph pulled me in to it! It is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudlaire. When they learn of their parent's deaths, they go and live with a suspicious man named Count Olaf. A lot of action happens in this book including the poor Baudlaire orphans forced to do chores, getting held prisoner in a forbidden tower, and a horrible plan involving tricking an adult, attemting to marry one of the Baudelaires, and steal their fortune! Will Olaf get the Baudlaire fortune? Will the orphans manage to escape? You can find the answers to these questions in: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Also if you finish the book, here's a great website! www.lemonysnicket.com I've read the book and I love it! And I hope you do too!
posted Apr 8, 2008 at 5:39PM
Sk8girl4 said:
This is just 1 of the 12 wonderful books of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The mysteries all start when The Baudelaire Children's parents die in a devastating fire. Having no true family members to live with, they go to their great great uncle's cousin, twise removed, Count Olaf. But there's something they don't like about him and something fishey going on. Count Olaf doesn't seem to be a nice man. What's going on? Read the book and you'll find out!
posted Oct 19, 2007 at 8:33AM
lizzielovesdrama said:
wow.......lot’s of comments! All I can say is I love this book and its whole series. yeah it’s really great. ummm
posted Oct 9, 2007 at 5:01PM
Madison said:
The things I have to say about this book never end. It was awesome!!!!!!Ican't wait till I finsh the third book so I can see the movie!!!! I think this book is good for people 9 to 100 becuse its so good!!!!!!I felt like I was in Count Olaf's huose well they were talking!!!!I'm so sad I can't write a tiny bit more. But I can't THE END. (Sniff, Sniff) By Madison Miller
posted May 26, 2007 at 3:23PM
Madison said:
The things I have to say about this book never end. It was awesome!!!!!!Ican't wait till I finsh the third book so I can see the movie!!!! I think this book is good for people 9 to 100 becuse its so good!!!!!!I felt like I was in Count Olaf's huose well they were talking!!!!I'm so sad I can't write a tiny bit more. But I can't THE END. (Sniff, Sniff) By Madison Miller
posted May 26, 2007 at 3:23PM
tyler said:
it is alsome
posted May 14, 2007 at 10:40AM
tyler said:
it is alsome
posted May 14, 2007 at 10:40AM
Ben Steele said:
This book is really good. It is really hard to put down!!!!!!!!
posted Mar 13, 2007 at 7:29PM
3r!c said:
This Book ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF!!!
posted Nov 20, 2006 at 4:53PM
Caitlin said:
This series is awesome!!! You can't stop reading THESE series!!!!!!!! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Susan said:
This is the most popular book in school ever since Harry Potter had a little intermission. At first I vowed that I wouldn't read it, because all of those terrible things happen, and I like happy books, but then I thought: heck, I might as well read it. This book is about an inventive teenage beauty named Violet, her intelligent pre-teen brother named Klaus, and their ever-biting infant sister, Sunny. When their rich parents parish in a fire that destroys the whole Baudelaire estate, a family friend sends them to live with their mysterious relation, Count Olaf. Count Olaf is an evil and greedy man, and he does everything- even abusing the orphans- to get to the Baudelaire fortune. I may not be Mr. Snicket's #1 fan, but I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be "transported to another world" within this book. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Maggie said:
I had different feelings at different times. At some points I was sad. Some points I was happy. I thought the book was really good. It told a story about three kids who's parents die all of a sudden and they have to move to a relative they have never even heard of before. His name is Count Olaf. But he is planning a wicked plan to get to the money the children's parents left for them. This is a series so I think after you read this you should read this book, read the rest. The childrens misery isn't over. I sure am going to read the series!
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Cali said:
This book interested me right away, even though all of the things that happend in this book are unfortunet events. This book has an unfortunet begging to and unfortunet ending. this book is different that is what interests me. This book is a great one! [A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Ashley said:
It is a great book. I like he adventure in it . I read it quickly.
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Alex said:
Awesome. Wimsical and funny. I finished it in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down. Snicket puts a touching and witty spin on a book thats full of gloom. I loved it. INfact, ic mae to this library today to pick up the next 6 books of the series! [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Anne said:
This book was very good. Bad things happened to the kids, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, but the book is very well written. It makes you really, really mad at Count Olaf. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1] You should really read this book.
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Ellie said:
thees kids mom and dad died in a fire and they had to live with this gye named count olf who was trying to steel the bladare fortion from them
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Haley said:
I thought it was a very good book because it had a lot of mystery of Cjount Olaf!!! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Joe said:
I liked how count olaf(the bad guy) always comes up with a tricky plot to get his hands on the baudelaire fourtune. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
matt said:
I like when Count olaf was trying to keep the Baudelaire orphans fortune in book #1 [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Olivia said:
I loved this book ! It is so exsiting! After I read the first book it made me read all 10. [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Tega said:
I really think that that book is sort of scary if you thindk about it, but I enjoy reading about their adventures. One thing about that is once I've started it Iwant to kno what happens. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Stephanie said:
I thought this was a great book. Even though the Baudelaire sibling's mother and father died and their life after that was misfortunous, they always find a way out of their problems with Count Olaf.
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Natalie said:
I think it was a good book because it has a lot of adventure in it. I liked the first book so much that I am already on the sixth book. [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Josh said:
The person who is going to read this book might want put it down but I didn't put this book down. It was a interesting story because Violet and Klaus knew that Count Olaf was trying to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. He tryed to get Violet to marry him but she was smart enough to not marry him and saved her sister plus the Baudelaire Fortune. People are probally Going to like this book because I did. [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Jill said:
The Bad Beginning was a can't put down book. THe authors wackiness and exciting writing made this an awesome book about 3 children(Violet, Klaus and Sunny) who just figured out there parents died in a fire. There parents had left them a big fortune, but they could only inherite it until Violet became the proper age. So they got sent out to live with a very distant relitive that they had never met, but when they first stepped in the door chills ran down there backs. The man named Count Olaf was evil, smart and miserable he would hit them and hurt them in any way to make there lives miserable. Then Count Olaf has a plan to get the family fortune from them and after if he got the money he would kill all of them. Will they send him to jail. Will he get the family fortune? Whats his plan to get the family fortune Read the amazing book to fin out the rest! [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Joan said:
It was terific it started me on a whole weeks reading.Rate 1-5 I give it a 10
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Ellen said:
This is a very good book it is very suspensful. Read it to find out more!! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Allison said:
The best book I know of it is full of excitment! [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Aaron said:
I really enjoyed this book, and all other books in the Series of Unfortunate Events. I recomend this book to all readers that like short and suspensfull books. I thought this book was great! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Nov 6, 2005 at 10:22AM
Gaurav said:
This is really good book! The bad beginning begins when the Baudlaires find out that their parents have died in a fire. So they are sent to live with Count Olaf a terrible, and nasty person who makes them chop wood, cook, etc. He also makes a plan to steal their enormous fortune which their parents left behind. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Jul 6, 2005 at 11:44AM
Emily said:
I love this book a lot, and I can't wait to see what the next book is about! :) [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Apr 24, 2005
Thomas said:
I thought this book was good but most of the action was at the end so at the begining you just have to keep reading until you get to the good parts. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Jan 24, 2005 at 8:50PM
Alison said:
This book is much like the movie. It was funny, scary and much more. It was one of the best seires I had read.[Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Jan 6, 2005 at 1:00PM
Lenny said:
I think this book is very suspensful. It tells the tale of three children on their first adventure. They are forced to meet an evil villain, a terrible play group, and a splendid judge. What happens next? Read and find out! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Dec 1, 2004 at 10:22AM
emily said:
the bad begging is a good book, the 3 kids parents die in a bad fire and they had to live with someone they hate. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Nov 10, 2004 at 2:15PM
Stephanie said:
It was a really great book and I would definley reconmend it. Even though It isn't the most exciting and most happy book ever, it grabs you and it's one of my favorite books. Lemony Snicket does a great great job writing his books. He is a favorite author of mine and I think that he's great. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Aug 14, 2004 at 3:25PM
Aubrey said:
I enjoyed thes book very much. It is about three kids who have to live with an obscure relitive because their parents died. The children are left with a huge forture to inherit. The relitive is more interested in the money than the kids and plans to get the money away from them. This book is an easy read, but still an interesting one. [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Jul 17, 2004
Jacob said:
I liked this book beacause it was adventurous. The older girl makes a hook and ties a rope to it and tries to rescue her baby sister. The man that's taking care of the children is tring to steal their fortune. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events]
posted Jun 24, 2004 at 2:51PM
James said:
This was an amazing book! The whole series was great! The book is The Bad Beginning; by Lemony Snicket.If you like Adventure Books than than this book is for you! [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Jun 1, 2004 at 10:47AM
Emily said:
I like the book "The Bad Beginning" because it has adventure. I like the part when Oglethorpe has a plane to get the children's parents' money. It also has excitement, and you'll want to jump out of your seat. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 26, 2004 at 12:43PM
devon said:
I think this book is awesome book, i recomend this book to every one. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 26, 2004 at 11:41AM
Patrick said:
I thought this book was the best book I ever read! I feel sorry for the Baudelaire orphans. If you don't like a book that has bad things happening throughout the whole story, then don't read this book. And I mean that there IS terrable things happening through the whole story. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted May 20, 2004 at 10:46AM
victoria said:
I think that it is a great book that kids wiil like to read about the count and the orphands. [Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Apr 26, 2004 at 2:51PM
Priyanka said:
Even though this book is very sad, it is very good. The thing I really liked about this book is that you can never correctly guess how the book is going to end, unless someone already told you how the book ends.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Elena said:
This was such a funny book! Lemony really knows how to be funny! I met him At MOA and he is the funniest guy ever!!! I LOVE IT! [Series: Series of Unfortunate Events #1]
posted Apr 9, 2004
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main characters Violet Baudelaire
Girl
Age: 14
Orphan
Likes to invent things.

Klaus Baudelaire
Boy
Age: 12
Orphan
Smart; likes to read.

Sunny Baudelaire
Girl
Orphan
Baby; likes to bite.

Count Olaf
Male
Evil
Greedy; Baudelaire children's guardian; determined to get his hands on the children's fortune.
Actor

Mr. Poe
Male
Kindhearted; in charge of overseeing the orphan's affairs.
Banker



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