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A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 1-3 with Bonus Material: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1-3)

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Lemony Snicket’s unhappy tale of the unlucky Baudelaire siblings begins with The Bad Beginning. In this short bothersome book alone, the three orphans encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

Should you not mind deadly serpents, slippery salamanders, lumpy beds, large brass r
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ebook, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2001)
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Maine Caulfield
3.6/5 stars (based on individual star ratings of each of the books)
Tiffany
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a crazy sense of humour!
Shelves: fiction, humour, youth, series
These books cracked me up. I love Lemony Snicket. I love the humour in the books, and how everyone was just so stupid, except for the Baudelaire children. I love the narrator's dire warnings about how you should not read these stories, how repulsive and unpleasant they are. There is much irony in the stories (the doll's name is Pretty Penny--in a story about depressing, terrible things...) and I think Lemony Snicket is brilliant. Plus, I think, reading them as a child, you would learn a whole ne ...more
Monique
Alright so three novels in one jampacked in this huge book—I wanted to read this as it’s a classic and our library has at least two copies of Book One, plus I had an afterschool movie day one half-day where kids were really into this Netflix series..I realized I had never read the whole book and couldn’t recommend or confirm the differences in the book and series so I took this one home and decided to read it-always a good reference point on books to recommend to kids. I HAVE to stay well-read a ...more
Kaleigh
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok well I usually read books that have happy endings or sad then happy endings. But never have I read a book that had endings like these books did. And the way that Lemony Snicket wrote these books left me clamoring for more. Though I did find it funny how Count Olaf was always trying to get their fortune. Ah it left me laughing and boy I NEED more. I was overall very pleased with Lemony Snicket’s series and all I can say is that I highly recommend this books to anyone who is looking for a good ...more
Ella
Lemony Snicket quotes are the best thing in this world.
Molly
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the whole series is ridiculously brilliant. kids don't even realize that they're learning big words and historical fatcs, because the stories are amazing and exciting. i simply do not understand why some children persist in merely reasing harry potter over and over and over when there are books like this. i don't like harry potter. there. i've said it. and although it was only for a moment, i did at one point briefly contemplate getting a tattoo of an eye on my ankle, just like count olaf...mayb ...more
Kelsey Lynn
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like these books a lot. I think it is so hilarious how the Author just tells you not to read them over and over again. I really like especially how he adds himself into the mysterious mystery of V.F.D. like its a real thing, and how he tells us where he is feverishly typing away. Theyre a fun read for sure!
Carolynn
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first several- maybe up to 6-7 even, but they kind of started to drag after a point. The novelty of the general tone carried me through all 13 though... I'm a softy for kid books along these lines.
Heidi
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with the author's persona, but after the first novel, the plots were not only the same, but I grew toooooo weary of every single adult being completely useless or evil.
Anita
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atticus, charlotte
Fantastic as an audio book.
Eleidhunita
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Fue el primer "libro gordo" que leí! ¡Y eso que estaba en mi etapa no lectora! Me apetece releerlo, pero le tengo pánico a volver a leerlo y que no me guste :(
Kathleen
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Delightful is not a word that can be applied to this series. Appropriate words to describe these books would be depressing, discomfiting, distressing, and desperately important. These books are so good for young readers, because they are all about children being gaslit at every turn. Adults cannot be trusted to take care of the Baudelaire orphans, even when they are good hearted. A kind heart does not make a good listener or an active protector. Caring about someone does not empower an adult to ...more
Yaciara Gomez
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kristi
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading the first three books in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Klaus is my favorite character, followed very closely by his older sister Violet. Like Klaus, I am an avid reader and a bit more knowledgeable than some of the people around me. Violet's intelligence is more technical and scientific. It is amazing how she can invent things with everyday things around her. As for Sunny, there isn't much to her except that she is a toddler who makes up her own words (and so ...more
Teresa
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:
The three Baudelaire children had their lives changed forever one morning while at the beach. A devasting fire destroyed their family house and their parents as well. Now Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are now orphans and put in the care of Mr. Poe a banker at Mulcatory Money Management. As per their parents Will Mr. Poe places them with their relation Count Olaf. A series of unfortunate events occur such as a marriage, poisonous snakes, an aunt so sarced of everything, and a lake f
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Becky
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series of books! Such imagination and unreal situations, following the misfortune of three children. This bundle of the first 3 books is a great way to get you hooked on the series. I read these at 23 years old, but know I would have loved them at 13 or 43. Overall I'd recommend anyone give them a go!
Turrent Fernando
A neo-classic star of diverse narrative, a fresh option for a starter reader who looks for intrigue, mystery and lots of literary references. A great follower of classic literature and detective novels would find that this is the perfect book for a rainy afternoon
Robin
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving this series as a teen. Would go back and read again.
Joe King
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this not expecting to like it, but some friends recommended it and I decided to give it a go. It's hilarious! And very easy reads. Looking forward to the next books.
Colleen
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great youth book, I wish I had read it when it was age appropriate. I like how it teaches vocabulary. I will definitely encourage my young sisters to read. I am excited to see how they adapt this series into the Netflix series.
Leslie (Taliaferro) Proctor
Easy fun read

These books are fun to read not your typical reads if you like happy endings there are no happy endings here but still fun to read.
Shaylee
I enjoyed reading it but Its just not the book for me. Its not that it is written badly it just to young for me and I'm pretty sure I wont be counting with these books.
Sakura87
Sono desolato di dovervi annunciare che il libro che avete fra le mani è estremamente sgradevole. Racconta infatti la triste storia di tre ragazzi molto sfortunati.

Una serie di sfortunati eventi è un ciclo in tredici romanzi per ragazzi attribuito a Lemony Snicket, narratore della storia e marginale personaggio della saga, nonché eteronimo dell'autore Daniel Handler. L'edizione da me letta è quella inglese, e contiene i primi tre volumi della saga, che rimaneggiati costituiscono anche la trama d
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Adrián Quesada
I can't really say anything that hasn't been said about these books before. I cheated, though, since I came in with half a formed opinion because I loved the Netflix show so much.

It's of course a book for children so it actually has a surprising amount of complexity, but it still doesn't excuse how formulaic and repetitive it is. The main reason I liked the series so much was the secondary characters, like Mr. Poe and all the guardians, but they don't really get a chance to shine so much when o
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SallyStenger
This book contains the first three of the Lemony Snicket series: The Bad Beginning, the Reptile Room, and the Wide Window.

The Bad Beginning: a pretty short book, just 168 pages. A quick read. I don't think it took me longer than an hour. I read it in one sitting. Reasonably interesting, but at this point not as interesting as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The author has a quirk of using long words and then defining them. At the end of the book he uses several of the words - like the exercise wh
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Matthew
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Children's books often deal with the adult world in a dark way, with our heroes at the mercy of bad guardians. Usually we have the comfort of knowing that authors don't allow children to suffer indefinitely, and there will be a happy ending. This is usually within the book itself, or possibly at the end of a book cycle. (You didn't really believe those rumours that J K Rowling was going to kill off Harry Potter, did you?)

The Lemony Snicket books offer two unusual twists on this established plot
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I’ve been meaning to read A Series Of Unfortunate Events for ages, so when I was browsing through the children’s section at the library, I had to pick this up!

I didn’t like it as much as I thought, and if I stopped after reading the first book, I would have been fine. For those not familiar with the series, it’s about the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire orphans. In the first book (The Bad Beginning), we learn that their parents died, so the 3 children go to live with Count Olaf. He’s after t
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Dramapuppy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those children's books that aren't really "wonderful for all ages." Don't get wrong, I'm enjoying reading them now, but I can tell I would have LOVED them as a kid. So, my actual rating is three stars, but I'm giving it four because it's not the author's fault I'm reading something for which I'm not the target audience.

So far, this series is the right level of depressing. There are a lot of life or death situations and the world is pretty dark, but it's not terrifying enou
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Neftalik
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t you just like adventurous stories with a massive amount of suspense? Well if so then you’ve come to the right place! Lemony Snicket’s the Ominous Omnibus adventure packed story that’s just right for you. So go join Klaus, Violet, and Sunny Baudelaire on their series of unfortunate events!
Violet, Klaus, and sunny Baudelaire were peacefully enjoying a foggy day at the beach, tossing stones and observing the native creatures there. Then it happened. Their parent’s friend and local banker, Mr
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Amy (Turn the Page)
This is a fantastically unique series for younger readers. Snicket actually becomes like a character himself, as he narrates the unhappy tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny – possibly three of the most unstereotypical YA characters you will ever read – as though talking directly to the reader.

Violet is fourteen and an inventor, able to build useful contraptions and devices out of almost anything. Klaus, ‘a little older than twelve’ is very intelligent and reads a lot, while Sunny enjoys biting thing
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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:
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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 Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)

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