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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: 1999
Pages: 176
Summary: Just as they are enjoying a day at Briny Beach, the three Baudelaire children--- 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus and baby Sunny--- receive some bad news. Mr. Poe, a friend of the family, comes trekking across the foggy beach to tell the Baudelaires that their parents have died in a fire that also burned down the family mansion. Now orphaned, the Baudelaires face an uncertain future. They are soon packed off to their new guardian--- the icky Count Olaf, who is a distant cousin. But when they move in with the Count, the Baudelaire children are certain that he does not care about them--- he only wants to get his hands on the fortune Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire left behind. See if they are right, as you read this exciting and humorous tale of mystery.

Review: The reason that I started reading this book was because I had seen the series around.

The Baudelaires were a happy family until their parents died in the fire that took them and their house. After, they don't have a place to stay and they are forced to go with Count Olaf who only wants their money. All three of the children go through many hard things while they are forced to stay there.

Violet was the oldest which made her want to take care of her siblings, which I think was a good thing. Klaus was the smart sibling who liked to read books and apparently had read many more books than most people. Sunny didn't know how to say anything but sort of understood what was happening around her. I thought that all of the sibling had something that distinguished themselves.

Count Olaf greatly annoyed me and made me mad. I couldn't understand why someone would go to the extremes that he did for the money that the siblings had. He also had friends that were creepy and that said bad things about the children.

I don't really know what I was expecting but it wasn't what I got. They were very unique in the way that the story was told and how the narrator talked to the reader. Something that I found different was that it sometimes gave you definitions for words that were used. I will continue reading the books to see were the story goes.

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