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The bad beginning

Series: Series of unfortunate events

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405266062

Publication Date: 3 Sep 2012

Subject: Children's novels

Suitable for: Primary

AR: 6.4 MY

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Three children are in danger from their uncle who wants their inheritance after their parents die

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Three children are in danger from their uncle who wants their inheritance after their parents die

When their parents are killed in the fire that destroys their house, the three Baudelaire children are sent to live with the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grabbing Count Olaf and soon realise that they - and their family fortune - are in real trouble.

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

This is the first title in the series.

NOTE : The tone is very dark, but there is underlying humour and no sense of 'reality'. Dastardly Count Olaf plots to marry Violet (14) for her fortune and to subsequently kill the children but it is all very over the top.

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JF
Subject
Children's novels
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Some B & W illus
Series volume
1
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3 Sep 2012
Edition
New Cover Reprint
ISBN
9781405266062
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Binding
Paperback
Pages
166
Width
132mm
Height
185mm
Weight
185g
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