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The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket


  • Hardcover
    $17.59
PUBLISHED: 30th September 1999
ISBN: 9780064407663
ANNOTATION:
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. Illustrations.
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  • Hardcover
    $17.59
PUBLISHED: 30th September 1999
ISBN: 9780064407663
ANNOTATION:
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. Illustrations.

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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. Illustrations.

Publisher Description

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.

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. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Ages 10+

Author Biography

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his pub

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his pub

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his pub

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his pub

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Evenlished research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Evenlished research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Evenlished research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Evenlished research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events

Review

"Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun."--Kirkus Reviews "Irrepressible, brave and charming."--New York Times Book Review "With a cast of unforgettable characters, a distinctly literary air, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a great match for dark comedy fans."--Brightly Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events: "Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Prizes

Winner of Colorado Children's Book Award (Junior Novel) 2003
Winner of Nene Award 2003
Short-listed for Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Child. Lit.) 2001
Short-listed for Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (Juvenile) 2003

Review Quote

"With a cast of unforgettable characters, a distinctly literary air, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a great match for dark comedy fans."

Description for Library

A humorous story about the ill-fated Beaudelaire orphans & the creepy, wicked villains they never seem to avoid.

Product Details

Author
Lemony Snicket
Short Title
SUE #01 BAD BEGINNING
Pages
176
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Language
English
Illustrator
Brett Helquist
ISBN-10
0064407667
ISBN-13
9780064407663
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Series Number
01
Illustrations
Yes
Year
1999
Publication Date
1999-09-30
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
US
Audience Age
8-12
Series
Series of Unfortunate Events (Paperback)
Audience
Children/Juvenile