A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning (Hardcover)

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By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
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Don’t read this book. It is full of misery and woe and will only ruin your day. The main characters, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, are intelligent and charming, but the misfortune they endure is abominable, a word which here means, “so terrible that you might throw this book  across a room”.  And unless you want to be distressed for many months, do not read the other 12 books in the series. Spare yourself and read about something cheerful instead.

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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 odor.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780064407663
ISBN-10: 0064407667
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 25th, 1999
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Series of Unfortunate Events