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

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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 o ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 2nd 2000)
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Kat O'Keeffe
Flying through this series--and the Netflix show! (read a book, watch two episodes, repeat)

These books are clever and dark and fun and I'm still REALLY wishing I'd read them as kid! Again, I am enjoying them, but I know I would've loved them much more if I were within the target age range here.

With this specific installment, I was way less frustrated with the word-defining aspect, but I'm starting to lose patience with Mr. Poe. I really like that the adult characters like Poe and Aunt Josephine
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
*I'm not going to rate this, because I've already read this book & stand by my first rating of it.

I know towards the beginning of this series that the books tend to follow a similar story structure, but I love that Lemony Snicket still finds fresh ways of telling the Baudelaire story!
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Mr. Poe is an idiot but it wouldn't work any other way!
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*3.5/5

Once again, super enjoyable ride. It is interesting to now be reading these as I'm watching the show. I am not watching episodes until after I have finished the book, but I'm curious if my visual of the characters is changing as I watch the show. Just a thought.

I love how in this book, like the last, we get to see the Baudelaires growing into more intelligent and self-reliant people. Obviously they are still very naive in a lot of ways, being so young, but I love the way their relationsh
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Cait (Paper Fury)
Oh how I particularly LOVE THIS ONE. Which is obviously stunning for you because I've only been flailing rabidly over this series all week. Can Lemony Snicket do wrong??? Obviously not.

I also have a soft spot for this one because it's particularly bizarre. I mean, like the rest of the books aren't bizarre. But Count Olaf's schemes are just the worst. And I think I could've felt bad for Aunt Josephine's extreme anxiety disorder...but she kept cooking bad meals (unacceptable, food is life) and cor
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Vanz
Jan 16, 2017 Vanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
4.1

Ok this series is getting kinda inappropriate for children. I'm not even sure if it's a children's book anymore, since this one has a lot of dark, scary, and sensitive content in it. Nevertheless, it was still a fun and quick read just like the previous books. I really find it funny when Aunt Josephine keeps correcting everyone's grammatical errors. The kids always find a way to get out of their misfortunes, so there's really nothing to worry about them. But still, you can't help but sympat
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Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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

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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
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Mark Lawrence
By the third book of Snicket's series the formula is fully established and it is exercised here in full. Mr Poe dumps the kids on another kookie relative, Count Olaaf turns up in disguise and they recognize him instantly. No adult will believe them. Olaaf nearly gets his hands on the children. Through use of their singular defining skills the children thwart Olaaf and the henchman selected to back him up this book. Mr Poe lets Olaaf escape.

It's still well done, but this one worked less well for
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Lauren
UPDATE: 19/Jan/2017

The review from before is invalid because I like this more than I did before.

30/Nov/2016
This book was okay but I think didn't like it as much because it is a children's book. One thing I really don’t like it when the narrator of the book spoils it. He’s telling and story and then says what's going to happen much later in the book and it kind of ruins it.
Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* ~ WHY ARE ALL THE ADULTS IN THIS SERIES SO INCOMPETENT?! It's exhausting...

(But equally kind of addictive?)

Once again this was such a fun read!! Although? I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first two books, simply because it felt a little too similar and repetitive. I'm intrigued to see what the rest of the series has in store. I'm hoping that the storyline will start to differ slightly to the first three, as so far the basic underlying plot has had pretty much the same stru
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Kristina Horner
After watching the first 4 episodes of the new ASOUE series on Netflix, I decided to pause while I re-read books #3-4. I'm so glad I did, because I remembered very little in terms of details past book two, having read these book over a decade ago.

I'm happy to see they still hold up and are tons of fun to revisit. And I'm loving the new series, so well done NPH and crew! Such a brilliant and faithful adaptation.

My only gripe in this 2017 re-read is the insensitivity around the person in Count Ol
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Richard Denney
Mar 21, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 STARS!!!

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Aunt Josephine is the definition of a whack job. I think Meryl Streep portrayed her PERFECTLY in the movie and I had fun imagining her as Aunt Josephine in the book. It was awesome. Mr. Poe is still a dumb ass and I'm waiting for Violet or Klaus to pop off at him soon. I want one of them to scream their head off at him just once because he is just UGHHH!!! Count Olaf is such an asshole, I really want the children to turn the tables and come up with plan to exact some Kill Bill revenge
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Sarah
Jan 18, 2017 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2017, childrens
Not as good as the first two for me. I didn't enjoy this story as much although the storytelling was up to its usual standard. I'm also getting kind of tired of pretty much the same thing happening in each book. I'm sure it's going to keep that format for the foreseeable future but I'm getting kind of bored of what feels like an endless loop to me. It would be nice to see something different so I'm not reading 13 versions of the same book just with different guardians and different morals to eac ...more
Coreen ♥ (AsThePlotThickens)
"Violet fell against one of the bedposts and banged her knee. Klaus fell against the cold radiator and banged his foot. And Sunny fell into the pile of tin cans and banged everything."

First, the trio had a greedy guardian, followed by a cool herpetologist as an uncle and now they have a grammar obsessed aunty. Geez, I don't whether to be glad that they evaded Count Olaf or pity these children for their misfortunes in life. Lol
This series is hilarious and I just can't stop reading it.

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Irene Bì
Apr 04, 2017 Irene Bì rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
4/5

"In most stories, as you know, the villain would be defeated, there would be a happy ending, and everybody would go home knowing the moral of the story. But in the case of the Baudelaires, everything was wrong."


These books are so much fun to read.
Every time I'm so curious to see what's going to happen to those children.

In this book we are introduced to Aunt Josephine and the Count is always there to try to put his hands on the children.
So I'm starting thinking that maybe all the books have
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Ashley Daviau
Jan 22, 2017 Ashley Daviau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just flying through these books! Despite being dark and gloomy, they are so fun and enjoyable to read. And no matter how many times I reread them, I enjoy them just as much if not more each time. I think a big part of the reason for that is that as I get older I can appreciate things about these stories that I didn't when I was younger and I noticed that a lot in this particular book. I found myself actually chuckling out loud at the subtle but clever humour that's woven throughout this sto ...more
Elaina
Feb 08, 2017 Elaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
These books are not my favorites or anything, but I think I enjoyed this one the most out of the three I've read :)
Andrew
Jun 21, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I will have to take a short break from this series at some point soon - don't get me wrong the stories are fun and well executed but I guess there is a pattern forming here. And yes the title should really be a bit of a giveaway however all the same it does get a bit bleak.

You can sort of guess that in each book it would appear that the orphans have found their forever home only for forces to conspire against them (or a certain Count at least) and they are thrown back in to the system an
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Rebecca McNutt
I didn't like The Wide Window as much as the first two books, but it's still a great story, really worth reading, full of dark fantasy and humor and fantastically gothic imagery.
Amber Robertson
These books are super fast reads and take me back to when I read them for the first time. I honestly just love these stories, despite the fact the tone of the narrator is a tad condescending as an older person. That being said, these books are targeted towards a younger audience and I found the definitions of words to be helpful when I was 10 and reading them.
-`ˏ mandy ˎ´˗
Jan 22, 2017 -`ˏ mandy ˎ´˗ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Baudelaire children deserve the world.
C.W.
Feb 23, 2016 C.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Didn’t like this one as much as the second - the story wasn’t as fun and Count Olaf wasn’t as interesting. It was particularly messed up at times, but Lemony Snicket’s humor remains completely on point. I chuckled quite a bit at this one.
Jes (RebelReads)
I still wish I'd read these as a kid. Dark and clever is my thing :)
Lauren
Jan 12, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Simona Stoica
Jan 20, 2017 Simona Stoica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cineva să mă oprească; în ritmul ăsta, le termin săptămâna viitoare.
Maryame
Feb 01, 2017 Maryame rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was Super Enjoyable. Those children are just so Unfortunate. & I know I shouldn't like him, but Mr. Poe is just so good!

I need to move to the next book now!
Kristina
Apr 01, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gloomy, mysterious and charming! I adore his writing style! No happy ending is such a nice concept :)
Charlotte Smith
Jun 02, 2017 Charlotte Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good book but you always guess that the count olaf is going to turn up at some point.
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
This one is my favorite so far. This one just felt considerably darker and I'm not sure why. As an adult, I liked that.
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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.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
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Other Books in the Series

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