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    The Bad Beginning

    The Bad Beginning

    by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

    The beleaguered siblings encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast!

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    A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Trouble Begins (Books 1-3)

    A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Trouble Begins (Books 1-3)

    by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

    Take three orphans, a mysterious narrator, and oodles of gothic misfortune, and you get these addictive, hilarious tales of woe. Villains, gruesome creatures, and cold food are just a few of the dreadful things the Baudelaire children encounter daily. And as the ever-present narrator warns, your child would be better off "putting the books down at once." But as this series' popularity proves, he'll adore these satires where nothing good ever happens.

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  • The Bad Beginning
  • The Reptile Room
  • The Wide Window.

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    Featuring an unusual narrative style that models a story-within-a story convention and develops your child's respect for satire, these tales will also boost his vocabulary and reading interest. Hardcover editions.

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The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Illustrator: Brett Helquist

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Adventure, Comedy and Humor, Series

Adoption and Foster Care, Siblings, Cleverness

About This Book

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.

It's a good thing that Violet Baudelaire has a real knack for inventing things. When misery comes to call, the right invention at the right time can mean everything. It's also fortunate that her brother, Klaus, has read lots of books and knows many important things, like how to tell an alligator from a crocodile and who killed Julius Caesar. When everything that can possibly go wrong does, a small fact can be vital. It's lucky, too, that Sunny Baudelaire, the youngest sibling, likes to bite things. Even though she is an infant, and scarcely larger than a boot, she has four very big and sharp teeth. When trouble comes along, sharp teeth can save the day. But most of all, it is good fortune that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are as sturdy and resilient as they are, for ahead of these three children lies a seemingly infinite series of unfortunate events.

While at the beach, three likeable yet unlucky children receive terrible news and more trouble than they ever expected. While it's true that the events that unfold in Lemony Snicket's novels are bleak, and things never turn out as you'd hope, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens and Edward Gorey.

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