The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10V6.424130


Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?

It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, "Proceed, but cautiously."

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on September 23, 2003 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060518286
ISBN-13: 9780060518288
208 Book Reviews
  • junesummer
    junesummer7 months55 stars
    I decided to read this because, My brother was reading it. This is my favorite book out of the whole series. I loved everything about the book. All the books beside the first one had something missing but the first book everyone was doing something they worked together to run away from Count Olaf. Every book they had someone precious taken away from them. I felt sad for them. These books were very interesting !!! Thanks to the one and only author, Lemony Snicket.
    • marypopcorn
      marypopcornover 1 year55 stars
      This first book in the amazing Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a marvelous introduction to these three charming, resourceful young orphans. This book is not for everyone, due to its rather gloomy tone, but if you don't mind the gloominess, then go ahead and check it out! But readers beware: once you start reading the series, you might not be able to stop!
      • bigbookworm
        bigbookwormover 1 year55 stars
        Loved this book! Ever tired of hearing "happily ever after" and how everything is turning out GREAT for the characters? Well this is the book for you! It is sad but extrodinary book! Recommend ages 9 and a half and up.
        • corgiqueen
          corgiqueenover 1 year55 stars
          Love this series so much!! I've read the books, watched the movie, and watched the T.V. show. A couple weeks ago my teacher assigned us to do a book review. I did A Series Of Unfortunate Events. My favorite character is Sunny. My favorite book in this series is The Carnivorous Carnival. Such good books!! 😍😍
          • 437841
            437841about 2 years55 stars
            I got the whole new book series, and it is good!!
            • piggyfan
              piggyfanabout 2 years55 stars
              I’m rewriting this review because I had spelling errors and I could do better, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Lived in a big beautiful mansion with there mother and father. One day they decided they were going to the beach. Once they got there they were having a lot of fun until their family friend Mr. Poe told them that there house burnt down and their mother and father died. They had to live with their closest relative Count Olaf. Count Olaf wasn’t even their relative. Throughout the book and series the kids try to get away from count Olaf but he is always after them trying to get their fortune . The kids solve mysteries along the way. If you have watched the Netflix show I recommend this a lot. It has more information than the show. The book has no cusses so it’s family friendly.
              • CupC@keabout 2 years
                Awesome book! I watched the Netflix series first and something I realized was that the books never ONCE mention the spyglass, just the VFD symbol. That's the only criticizm I have.
                • piggyfan
                  piggyfanabout 2 years55 stars
                  I read this in second grade. its still one of my favorite series. this ones the bad beginning. I will review everybook by the way. you should red this book because: its the first book, you will need to read this book first to understand what's happening. 2 its just a really good book 3 is that if you don't want to read the rest of the series, you wouldn't have to continue. if you have watched the Netflix version , you be sure to love the books. they have even more events happening. this book is about violet Klaus and sunny (rich kids) mom and dad died in a fire. they have to live with count Olaf, who wants their fortune. he calls them "orphans" and makes them do ridiculous stuff. He follows them everywhere, and won't leave them alone. if you love solving mysteries, I'm sure youll love this book and series.
                  • dik_dik
                    dik_dikover 2 years55 stars
                    amazing series i have read all the books and it is one of the best to read so far 100% recommend it to has tragic scenes happy scenes bad scenes and evil scenes amazing is the best word to describe it.
                    • nac
                      nacover 2 years55 stars
                      Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, are intelligent children, but their story is full of misfortune, and this book is the beginning of their tragic story. It all starts when their parents perish in a terrible fire, leaving them an enormous fortune that the kids will inherit once Violet comes of age. And now they must move in with their new guardian, Count Olaf. Unfortunately Count Olaf is intent on stealing the Baudelaire's fortune, and he has proved that he will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. As his grand scheme unfolds, the Baudelaires are backed into a corner, and it seems as if they have no chance in getting out of Count Olaf's clutches. The Baudelaires will have to use their skills like never before in order to triumph. This book was surprisingly good, and something interesting is that the narrator, Lemony Snicket, is always telling you to not read this book because it is so sad, and that just makes you want to read it even more. I really enjoyed this book and I looked forward to reading the next books in the series.