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The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  82,697 ratings  ·  1,878 reviews
Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick–witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 2000)
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Jason Koivu
Those super unfortunate orphans get stuck with another ineffectual guardian, who can't keep them safe from the dastardly Count Olaf. Looks like they'll have to find their own way out of this tight bind all by themselves, again!

Amateur Character Actor and Plotter of Evil Deeds............

Count Olaf


The The Wide Window has some colorful characters, wonderful settings and enough action to keep this one entertaining through out. The overly apt naming of people and places gives this a very old-school
Vesra (When She Reads)
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The third installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events improves on its precedessors in some ways, featuring a mini murder mystery and a lengthy (though unbelievable) chase scene of sorts -- dramatic elements which the first two books' brevity didn't allow. Handler/Snicket also introduce items that would come to have a greater significance in Handler's imaginary world: the Anxious Cafe, "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion," Ivan Lachrymose: Lake Explorer, etc. As I am rereading these novel ...more
The third in the series of books that are so far identical in plot if not content.

The Baudelaire children but escape the clutches of Count Olaf via a house on a hill, an unpleasant fast food chain, a lake filled with rabid leeches and an evil pirate only this time there's nobody as pleasant and interesting as Uncle Monty as an additional character and instead the rather dull Aunt Josephine who is scared of everything.

I liked this the least of the three so far, which certainly accounts for the ge
Jennifer Morrill
Does it count as reading when you listen to the audio version?

Tim Curry isn't reading this version. Instead we get the author "Lemony Snicket", aka Daniel Handler. He's quite nasaly and not as cool to listen to than Tim Curry.

The story is still good and intriguing. So far we like the series and my girls beg for it to be on in the car. We are on the Miserable Mill now, and still stuck with Lemony Snicket's voice (at least in the movie we got Jude Law!) I looked it up and we are back to Tim Curry
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I am thoroughly enjoying the series. These are seriously the funniest books I have ever read in my life -- the tone is just so hilarious, even though, ironically, the story is very dark. Count Olaf scares the crap out of me. So do the carnivorous leeches. *shudder* But anyway, awesome books!! Unfortunately I only own the first three (or my little sister does, actually -- i stole them. tee hee.) Now I'll have to swallow my pride and go check the rest of them out of the library. Ah well. IT'S WORT ...more
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
After reading several of Lemony Snicket's tales about the Baudelaire children, I grew to like the darkness of this comedy. This is a tragic story about three orphans who only have a twisted and dangerous uncle to care for them. Through the first three books, the children are carted off to different distant relatives when it is decided that Count Olaf is not fit for the children to live with.

With each new place the children carefully make themselves at home. Though it's not entirely how the chil
I know this is a children's series, but I am LOVING it! This is the third book in which Daniel Handler writes under the pen name of Lemony Snicket in A Series of Unfortunate Events. The story is sad, as 3 orphans continue to find misfortune as they try to find a happy home after their parents died in a fire. Throughout the series, they are fleeing from Count Olaf, who is seeking their fortune.

I love Snicket(Handler)'s writing style. Who writes this on the back cover?

Dear Reader,

If you have not
Again, fantastically fun and delightfully sarcastic. There are a few things in here that I'm certain my students won't understand, but I laughed at this one enough that it's going in my classroom library anyway--even if only for me to open every once in a while and chuckle.

Favorite Quotes:
There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational--or, in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don't. For instance, the Baudelaire orphans have a fear of Count Olaf, which makes perfect sens
As a young and motivated reader I gobbled up the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and now as a mature reader I am surprised that they are still able to capture my attention. The way Snicket as the narrator reaches out in the audience by asking questions, explaining meanings, and developing a personal relationship with the reader. The story is the third part in the series following the goodhearted Baudelaire orphans of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Unfortunately, their lives are full of ...more
Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window
Lemony Snicket
3.5/5 Stars

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So here we are again in The Wide Window. The 3 children travel to the shores of Lake Lachrymose which is famous for the situation of the deadly Lachrymose Leaches. Now these creatures are very deadly with razor sharp teeth lined in their gums, a very sharp tooth on the tip of their nose and very high sense of smell to the victims that sail in the lake that have eaten with the past hour. (Deadly 60 much?)

This book is
Let's just say that this is where the Baudelaire brothers' story starts to get annoying and repetitive. In this book they'll be under the guard of an old aunt that is very nice, but is extremely fearful. And I meant fearful like... she is afraid of touching doorknobs because they might break in hundred pieces and hurt someone. And if that wasn't bad enough, they meet Count Olaf once again, this time under the disguise of a boat renter.

Lemony Snicket's writing style is very pleasant to read and,
Matthew Hunter
The Wide Window's the strongest installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events thus far. There's humor:
There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational--or, in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don't. For instance, the Baudelaire orphans have a fear of Count Olaf, which makes perfect sense, because he is an evil man who wants to destroy them. But if they were afraid of lemon meringue pie, this would be an irrational fear, because lemon meringue pie is delicious and has neve
Aaron Wallace
I thought this book whas very intresting because the beaudalaires gurdian whas afraid of praticly everything and plus not a very good gurdian at all because she dident cook them very good food and I thought it was very annoying how she corrected everything about grammer.I also thought it had a very good setting and very weird names like damolcles dock or lake lachrymose.I wish that Mr.Poe would have thought about cout olafs fake name because it has sham in the name wich means con/trixster.yet I ...more
I enjoyed this installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events. It seems like all the books follow the same sort of storyline. Things go ok in the start, then they encounter Count Olaf in disguise, their guardian doesn't listen to them or see him for who he truly is, and they become scared. Then, Count Olaf attempts to murder their guardian and get the children for his own in order to gain their fortune.

While I like these books, they're short and easy to read, it seems like the story is repeating
Dec 07, 2007 Seana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comedy, oddness lovers
In this book the three Baudlaires have moved on to another guardian once again, seeing as Olaf killed the last. In this book they have to live with thier crazy aunt who is afraid of everything. She won't cook, so they have cold cucumber soup everyday. They have to open the doors very carefully because she is afraid the doors will shatter into a million pieces and kill them. She doesn't have rugs for the fact that she might skip on one and break her neck. Lastly but not least she doesn't use the ...more
Nick Kives
I definitely enjoyed reading this one much more than the other two. Not sure what it was though.
Willem van den Oever
After the demise of their previous caretaker, uncle Monty, by the hand of the evil count Olaf, the Baudelaire orphans are once more on the road to be placed under the guidance of another loving but peculiar family member. Brought out to Lake Lachrymose, they are introduced to aunt Josephine; a spindly, kindhearted woman, who is absolutely terrified of everything. Furnaces burn you, door knobs explode in your hand, and any kind of electronic device is bound to murder you with a million volts if y ...more
Alyssa Miller
“The Wide Window” is the third book in “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. This is a great book written by Lemony Snicket. This book picks up right where the “The Reptile Room” left off. Thier new guardian, Aunt Josephine, is not one of their relatives but she takes them in anyways. Everything, including the doorbell and realtors, terrifies Aunt Josephine. Josephine’s husband met his tragic death in Lake Lachrymose. Aunt Josephine’s only true love now is grammar and she is constantly correcting th ...more
Feb 25, 2014 MiLi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gente que busca despejarse... o hacer un regalo a alguien de entre 9-14 años.
Este es el tercero de la saga de Lemony Snicket. Cada libro va relatando un episodio diferente de la vida de los hermanos Baudelaire mientras escapan de un malvado primo lejano que quiere quedarse con la fortuna de la familia. Es una comedia negra, donde la habilidad del autor se encuentra en hacer reír con acotaciones mientras dicta una historia dramática.

No deja de sorprenderme que libros tan prolijos y bien escritos no se encuentren destacados en todas las librerías. Realmente son excelentes
Terzo libro di (dis)avventure per gli sfortunati orfani Baudelaire, che, ne La stanza delle serpi erano riusciti a sfuggire dalle grinfie del Conte Olaf ancora una volta. Sono dunque di nuovo nelle maldestre mani del signor Poe, che deve loro cercare una nuova casa.

E che casa, questa volta! Forse sarebbe più appropriato definirla catapecchia in bilico sul Lago Lacrimoso. La sua proprietaria, nonché nuova tutrice di Violet, Klaus e Sunny, è zia Josephine, una vedova terrorizzata da qualunque cosa
I, like dear Aunt Josephine, am usually a grammar nazi. Luckily for me, I don't live in fear of practically everything and I live nowhere near a sad lake full of flesh-eating leeches. :)
The Wide Window is probably my least favorite in the series so far, but I love Aunt Josephine's character. :D

Full review to come.
I listened to the audio book, read by Lemony Snicket (and I think his Count Olaf voice is absolutely perfect!)

Emma (BooksActually)
Mr Poe is so annoying, seriously, can he not listen to the children even once?

I despise this book. I despise them all. Reading them made me so mad and depressed, and reading reviews of them just amplifies those feelings. People adore these books. They list them among their favorite books of all time. Kids and adults alike love them and say they're great. So I don't quite know what they're missing. I feel it's my duty and responsibility to reveal these books for what they are. But I'll probably undergo a serious case of angst and start questioning myself and my motives nea

Come prima cosa, la più importante: la dedica di Snicket ad inizio libro..:

A Beatrice
Come vorrei che tu fossi viva
Come vorrei che tu stessi bene

Mi commuove sempre :') E soprattutto, prosegue quella che era stata la dedica nel libro precedente, che mi aveva fatto venire un po' i lucciconi: Il mio amore per te è sempre vivo; tu, purtroppo no

Mi sarebbe tanto, tanto, tanto TANTISSIMO piaciuto aver letto questa serie all'età giusta..
Per carità, io la trovo tuttora geniale e ha saputo darmi due ore
Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe
The Wide Window is the third book in A Series of Unfortunate Events and possibly one of my favourites. Having said that though there really isn't a volume in this series that I don't enjoy. As far as I'm concerned, Daniel Handler can do no wrong.

The Wide Window sees our three young protagonists go to live with their Aunt Josephine in her precariously placed home on the side of a cliff, teetering above Lake Lachrymose. The same lake where her husband had previous perished at the hands of the Lach
For Beatrice-
I would much prefer it if you were alive and well.

I didn't really feel particularly excited while I was reading this book. Aunt Josephine must have been a disappointing change, after having been with the wonderful Uncle Monty. She was just too scared of everything, and she finally decided to be brave when it came to getting to know Captain Sham who was really Count Olaf, in disguise.

The movie installment about the Baudelaires living with Aunt Josephine was much better than the book,
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