The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

the-bad-beginningI read this book for the first time roughly 10 years ago when I was either in fourth or fifth grade. I got through the first three books before I got bored, I remember the story line repeating itself in each book. But Netflix released a trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events season coming out on January 13th. And I got pretty excited. To be fully prepared for the series I wanted to give it another try.

About The Book (Goodreads)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

What I Liked

It cool slipping back into my childhood, I got to remember little me sitting in my desk at school reading about the terrible life of the Baudelaire children.

I also enjoyed how Lemony Snicket took the time to explain big words, but in way that wasn’t demeaning to the young reader.

What I Didn’t Like as Much

I get that the point of the series is for it to be ridiculously terrible, but it was frustrating to me stupid it made all the adults look.

A Tiny Taste

“It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

This book is for borrowing, even for children.

About the Author

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.

Extras

Goodreads

Movie Trailer

Upcoming Netflix series Trailer

Until Next Time,

~R

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