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The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning

Series: Series of Unfortunate Events (Book #1)
by Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Brett Helquist

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.

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
6.1
Lexile Measure
1010
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages
176
Genre
Adventure, Comedy and Humor, Series

About the Author and Illustrator

Lemony Snicket
Brett Helquist Brett Helquist is an illustrator whose work has appeared in books like Chasing Vermeer and Milly and the Macy's Parade.

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