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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)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,809 ratings  ·  129 reviews

Lemony Snickets 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

Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2001)
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Michael Sorbello
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Bad Beginning - 4/5

I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to. It's surprisingly dark and gritty yet filled with witty prose and morbid humor to go along with it. Seeing a group of young, ordinary orphans with no powers of any kind working together to humiliate and bring down an evil man willing to abuse them and manipulate them to gain access to their family fortune was highly satisfying. Count Olaf really reminds me of the classic gothic-horror villains such as Dracula, Carmilla and
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, series, youth
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 ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-childrens
3.6/5 stars (based on individual star ratings of each of the books)
Alright so three novels in one jampacked in this huge bookI wanted to read this as its 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 couldnt 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 as I ...more
Lemony Snicket quotes are the best thing in this world.
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 ...more
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 Snickets series and all I can say is that I highly recommend this books to anyone who is looking for a good ...more
Carolynn M
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.
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.
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
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
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
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Ive been meaning to read A Series Of Unfortunate Events for ages, so when I was browsing through the childrens section at the library, I had to pick this up!

I didnt 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, its 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. Hes after their
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 ...more
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dont you just like adventurous stories with a massive amount of suspense? Well if so then youve come to the right place! Lemony Snickets the Ominous Omnibus adventure packed story thats 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 parents friend and local banker, Mr.
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 things (a
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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books start the tale of the Baudelaire orphans and the unfortunate events that keep happening to them. First, their parents die in a tragic and sudden fire, then they are sent off to live with relatives that they have never met before. It isn't very long before they realize that they are victim is the terrible plans of Count Olaf, who is trying to get his hands on their fortune. He comes up with devilish plans to trap the children, even going as far as to murder people. They must escape ...more
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
Erin Miller
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I realize I'm about 15 years behind the times in reading these books, but for whatever reason I didn't read them when I was in middle school so I'm catching up now. And you know what? I'm glad, because these books are hilarious and I probably would have missed out on half the humor back then (The moral of WWI is not to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand - wise words.)

I also appreciate the author's vocabulary and the frequently interjected definitions. Some are real - and some are words I don't know
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Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are fun but make sure your kids can handle it before you let them read it for themselves. The "author" is a wonderful story teller and I love the way they introduce so many large and unusual words. The story is definitely a form of dark humor for the younger set but some of the wording I though could have been lightened up a bit. There was talk of slitting throats and blood running like a waterfall. The uncle murders someone and the kids are treated very poorly in the first book. ...more
April Helms
The first three books in the popular series of stories about the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. After their parents die in a house fire, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are forced to live with their distant cousin, Count Olaf. Olaf is a cruel, treacherous and cunning foe who is after the Baudelaire fortune, and it is up to the intelligent children to thwart him. Its pretty easy to read, fast-paced and full (sometimes over-full) of sly asides and wink-and-nudge humor, such as Olafs in loco parentis ...more
After reading the first three books, I can't help but feel that the series is inappropriately named, which in this case means "the events are due less to misfortune than to maliciousness." However, the ubiquitous Count Olaf aside, the setting nicely evokes the gothic, macabre works of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, and the language of the narration is quite delicious, which in this case doesn't mean "I licked my ebook clean as if it were a bowl of ice cream," but "I found my inner voice ...more
Viggo Pedersen
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Box of Unfortunate Events, The Trouble Begins is the first of four boxes with three books in each, about the Baudelaire children and their dealings with Count Olaf in the "A Series Of Unfortunate Events" series. The books are: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room & The Wide Window.
When i read them I did have the film at the back of my head when visualizing everything as these three books were the ones that made up the film. But I really enjoyed reading them. They may be for kids, but they
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book (doesn't seem to be the single volume to list on Goodreads) and liked it. "Snicket" throws all sorts of bad luck at the orphans, but their resilience, love and resourcefulness are very appealing. He obviously loves children, and defines words in a whimsical way throughout the text, which I'm sure parents will appreciate. I particularly loved his little insights into human nature, such as how sometimes when you hate something, just hearing someone else say they hate it too ...more
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 3rd - 6th grade
These are 3 great books that I read in 1 week so you can too!

The Bad Begining: Starts off with Sunny, Klaus & Violet at the beach & Mr. Poe drives in with terrible news... can't share the news. Have to read the book to find out. =)

The Reptile Room: The family has to leave Count Olaf and go to another care takers to prevent him from taking their family fortune.

The Wide Window: The family has to leave uncle Monty's after tragedy comes knocking at their door.

Have any question? Ask me.
Jenny Gendel
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers
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Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading these books cuz my daughter was reading the first one and we would talk about them in the morning before I went to work. Having finished the third book in a series of thirteen I'm coming away not-so-impressed. The three books in this volume are painfully "formulaic". The orphans are brilliant, polite and creative; adults are rude, condescending, foolish, self-absorbed and occasionally just plain evil. Plot twists are inelegantly contrived and predictable. It is unlikely that ...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.

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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