Things that we hear pass quicker from our minds
than what we read.
--Ausonius

Elementary readersUpper elementary readersMiddle school readers
10 stars

The Bad Beginning

AR: 6.4
Lexile: 1010
RC:
by Lemony Snickett     Illus. by Brett Helquist
Normal-length Novel
Genre: Adventurous Funny Fiction
Series of Unfortunate Events #1

Original post — Saturday, September 10, 2005

Meet the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. This unfortunate trio is beset by dreadful happenstances which threaten their very existence! Miserable and unwanted, this brood is sent to reside with a cold and covetous relative who is interested in nothing more than cheating the children out of their family fortune. All they desire is a happy ending, which I am sorry to inform you, has no place in this series!

If you were able to get that paragraph then this is the book for you! You might not "get" some of the humor in this series (grown-ups call it "dry" and possibly "morbid") but the more you read them the funnier they get. This is the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events books. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check them all out!

(Last modified:10/27/2007)

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