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

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  89,270 ratings  ·  2,035 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
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published February 25th 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers
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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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Andrew Greatbatch
This one was a let down, seeing as I enjoyed the first two so much more.
This felt really anti-climactic. Also, in the first and second book when Sunny's random sounds were "translated" I found it charming, but now I find it irritating. I don't know if it happened more often in this book or if it just grew out of it's charm, but man it annoys me.
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
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
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
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

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

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.

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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 sen
Definitely an improvement from the last book! I really enjoyed this story, even though there are similarities from the second. However, this one was written better and the pacing was better! Plus the things the children had to do was way more exciting! I also really enjoyed aunt Josephine and her irrational fears! She would probably despise this review because of many grammatical errors, but PISH POSH! :)

4/5 stars!
Nikinnia Smith garcia
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have gone to live with another distant relative, Aunt Josephine. Aunt Josephine is scared of everything. She doesn't answer the phone because she's scared of electricity, and she won't cook anything hot because she scared of the oven. She's very weird, but sweet to the kids. One day when taking the kids into town she meets Captain Sham, who of course is Count Olaf. Shortly after meeting Captain Sham, Aunt Josephine "kills herself" and leaves them in the custody of Captai ...more
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. :)
Jbb Lim
Another great follow up with the series. This round, the setting is slightly different, though it is still repetitive from the previous 2 books in the series. I very much prefer the story in this with Aunt Josephine instead of the one with Uncle Monty.

Mind you, I like Uncle Monty very much, it's just the story that was being conveyed in The Reptile Room wasn't to my liking. This was more adventurous than the the previous 2.

And, the author makes me want to read up stuff on Alexander the Great in
At this point in the series, "Lemony Snicket" decided he could do a better job reading the books than Tim Curry. Really? He may be able to play the accordion, but he's no Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (According to Wikipedia, he eventually handed the audio book responsibilities back over to Curry.) So we listened to the first CD (four chapters), but then my cantankarous old CD player wouldn't play the second disk and the book came in at the library, so I read the remaining 9 chapters.

This is the installm
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
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
Mar 07, 2013 B rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
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
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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,
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
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.
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
So far Aunt Josephine is my favorite! :D
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
Feb 25, 2014 MiLi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jeffrey Howard
This will be the last book I will read of the series.

Its templative episodes of bumbling adults is not enough to keep me. Snicket has a fun and clever prose that keeps you reading, but the books are not very satisfying. It is like a sitcom in that the main characters do not change from book the book. They go through the same story of being placed with a naive new caretaker, who is killed by Count Olaf. Then Olaf escapes only to plot another way to kill their next caretaker in hopes of getting th
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
Now that I'm a little more used to the Series of Unfortunate Events books, I thoroughly enjoyed the Wide Window. While reading the first two books, I kept expecting some sort of upswing in our heroes woes. Just as clever as the first and second instalment, the Wide Window has a fast-paced plot that is all at once thoughtful and exciting. The humour around vocabulary and grammar are happily played up when the third guardian of the Baudelaire children happens to be a grammar junkie. I can see why ...more
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
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