The Bad Beginning Netflix Tie-in Edition: Book the First (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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ISBN-13: 9780062796028
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 285,138
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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greeninoakpark More than 1 year ago
I bought the Lemony Snicket book 1 to get motivated to continue with my desire to write my own children's story. Surprisingly, I am hooked! I read through book one and couldn't wait to get book 2! I am now on the 4th in the series and look forward to reading each and every one! I won't miss a book! They are fun and great reading for ALL ages. So get started and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even though I'm 39. I bought it for my 11 year old son and the cover didn't look too exciting to him. He had to have a book report book and this was the only one we had at home. I started reading the first page late one night and couldn't put it down. I read the first 3 chapters and finished it the next day. I was pretty good for a "kiddie" book. I'm ready to start the next one...the reptile room i believe it is.
Cinnamon-A More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's about three brilliant kids who try to get away from their mean, evil relative. This is breath taking and a beautiful work of art.
LiteracyMaven More than 1 year ago
This book begins a long series that entices the reader at every turn. The characters are truly overblown and, therefore, incredibly fun to read about. It harks back to the 1930's movie serials with the heroes placed in the most threatening and in turn ridiculous situations. The beauty of the book is that while it is thrilling it is not gory or frightening in any real way. The book begins the chronicles of the three orphaned Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny,each with unusual skills, who would be right at home with the kids from the Addams family or the cartoons of Edward Gorey. They are trying survive so that they can find the out why their parents were killed. Every page is a high level language lesson. Words are used and then explained in context so the reader is exposed to incredible amounts of vocabulary in the most painless way possible. These books are a delight to read and so engaging that both girls and boys can't wait to read them. Even the author, Lemony Snicket, is part of the fun as the books are "mysteriously" written and given to Daniel Hendler to be share with the world. In the first book they are placed in the custody of their "Uncle" a nefarious character with a telltale tattoo on his ankle....and the fun begins. Do your child aged 9+ a favor and invite him or her into the world of Lemony Snicket.
huntertheman More than 1 year ago
Book Reveiw This book Unfortunate Events is a great book. It is written by Lemony Snicket. It is a fiction book and adventure book. I thinki this book is a good short book for 5 and 6 graders. It has 162 pages in it so, it is not a very long story. It is full of idea's from the baudelaire children. The name's of the baudelair's are Sunny, Klause, and Violet. I give this book a 5 star for it's rating. It has alot of adventure and when u start reading it you want to keep reading it. This book is about 3 children that's parent's died in a fire at there house. The 3 children, Klause, Sunny, and Violet are very smart children that know how to build very big and hard inventions, like building a raft to survive on water. The baudelair family only had 1 friend that would offer to watch the kids when there parents died. His name is Count Olaf. He is the most meanest person you will ever meet in your life. He hates the children but keeps them for only 1 reason. The children have to sleep in a room that is the size of a closet and no view of the city. They have to make there own food and drinks. Count Olaf has an evil crew and he is the leader.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After already having seen the movie, I decided to invest in reading the books. Bk #1, THE BAD BEGINNING, only took me an hour to finish, and it was an enjoyable--if dark--read.

The Baudelaire children--Violet, Klaus, and Sunny--are left orphaned after a mysterious fire destroys their home and kills their parents. Taken into custody by Mr. Poe, the executor of their parent's estate, they learn that their parent's will states that they must be cared for by a relative. The closest relative, unbeknownest to the children, is Count Olaf, an actor and leader of a theatre troupe who lives in a dilapitated house on the other side of town.

Things, of course, only go from bad to worse after the children move into Count Olaf's home, which is strangely covered inside and out with drawings and representations of a strange-looking eye. Count Olaf even has a tattoo of the same image on his ankle. As the Count hatches a scheme to gain control of the Baudelaire fortune, which the children are not privy to until Violet comes of age, the children are alternately scared of their new "parent" and determined to find a way out of their dreadful situation.

I enjoyed this walk on the dark side, and plan on reading Book #2 in the series later today. That said, however, I think it depends on your child and his or her maturity as to whether this would be a good read for them or not. Although the reading material is suitable for around 8 years old and up, the book IS dark-natured, and might scare some children. If they've already seen the movie, they might be prepared for its darkness--if the movie depiction scared them, then hold off on the book for awhile.
caitlyn10 More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snickets is a good author of writing the Series of Unfortunate Events. Violet, Klaus and Sunny are three orphans who lost their parents in a fire that burned their whole mansion down to the ground. Then Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire experience their mom's first cousins brother's second cousins uncle and then there is the evil Count Olaf that made them do a whole bunch of bad chores and made them cook dinner for his acting troupe. It is a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At some point in life, we have problems that we have to face. For Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, this is where their tragedy begins. These children lost their parents in a terrible fire. Their house is completely destroyed. They have to live with Count Olaf. He is a mean, nasty, selfish person. He tries to make these children's lives miserable, and he will never stop until he does. As Mr. Poe takes the children away from him, Count Olaf wants to say a word to them. "I'll be back", he whispers slowly. Then he walks away into the fog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Series of Unfortunate Events Talk about bad luck! The lives of Violet, Klause, and Sunny Baudelaire turn upside down when they receive news that their parents have died in a terrible fire. Mr. Poe, their new caretaker, sends them to live with a forgotten family member, Count Olaf. When they first meet him, they soon learn that he is after their million dollar fortune. I would highly recommend this book. Its full of exciting action.
moises-lover More than 1 year ago
thesse books are awesome. I love lemony sincket's writing he is great. I have read the entire series and i loved them all. I like how there's alway 13 chapters and there is 13 books because 13 is a unlucky number. the only thing i don't like is Sunny the baby is a little annoying she can't talk can't walk so she is a little pointless as a character but as the books go on she starts to talk and walk so she gets a more involed but she still doesnt understand what is going on in there life or anything else and there is no way that she remembers her parents. so over all great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dani17 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I thought it looked interesting because there was an evil man on the cover. He looked like he was going to be very mean to three young children. The first sentence says it all. If you want a happy ending, this is not the book for you! This fiction book, by Lemony Snicket, takes place in a busy city on Briny Beach in a large mansion. The book is about three young children (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) that have recently lost their parents in a car accident. They are now in the foster care system. Mr. Poe was their temporary foster parent. He was following their parent's wishes, by trying to find a relative for the children to live with. One day he located their third or fourth cousin, Count Olaf. Count Olaf did not like children, but took them in for their fortune. My favorite character in this book was Justice Strauss. Justice was Count Olaf's neighbor. She was very nice and always gave the children snacks to eat. She let them help her in the garden and also let them borrow her library books. After reading the book, I was shocked! I could not believe all the things that happened in the book. I hated the ending because it left a huge cliff hanger about where the children now live. The book was not what I expected it to be. I really liked this book because it was exiting and will make your palms sweat. The adventure of trying to get Sunny out of the tower without any of Count Olaf's partners hearing anything was scary! I would recommend this book for ages 10-13 years old. This book will make you happy, sad, mad, excited, but mostly shocked. This book is definitely four stars out of five. You should check this book out!
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the story of three orphans that are sent to live in the most unusal place with the most peculiar people. I love this book for its colorful, distintive use of words and out of the ordinary charaters.
ababe92 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This a book that begins a series of a very good story that i loved to read when i was a child. I recommend these book to children who are imaginative, and like adventures.
JeremyCarlson on LibraryThing 11 months ago
There are three Baudelaire kids. The oldest Baudelaire child is Violet. She loves to constantly think of new possible inventions that she could make. The second oldes Baudelaire child is Klause. Klause loves to read, read, and read. He knows basically every word in the dictionary. The youngest Baudelaire is Sunny. Sunny loves, and loves to bite things. She has very sharp teeth and does not know how to speak very clearly but the Baudelaire children always know what Sunny is saying. The Baudelaire children were on a beach one day and suddenly saw a friend of the family's, Mr. Poe. He had dreadful news that he had told the the Baudelaire children . Mr. Poe told them that their parents had died recently in a terrible fire. This just gets worse as their life goes on. Mr. Poe sends them to a relative or more like a third cousin. These children end up with a dreadful horrible relative name Count Olaf. Count Olaf treats them terrible and is very bad to the Baudelaire children, he is trying to steal the fortune of the Baudelaire children, that their parents had, once they died. It all comes out that Count Olaf has a terrible plan. He wants to perform a play and marry Violet. He just says it is a play, but really he wants it to be real. He wants it to be real so he can get a hold of the Baudelaire children's money.My opinion about this book is AWESOME! This book is very fascinating and depressing at the same time. But the author gives out a really good point. There are these three children who's parents had just died in a dreadful fire and they get stuck with a terrible relative that tries to steal their money. This shows how hard these children work for just happiness and what they used to have, and love. This all comes about in The Bad Beginning.
TadAD on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Despite its overwhelming popularity, this series just didn't click with me.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I watched the movie on a whim when sick one day and loved its quirky style so much that I had to go out and read the entire series as soon as possible. I absolutely love Snicket's dark humor, sarcastic tone, and other comic bits dropped here and there (for instance, I love that Sunny's babble often makes perfect sense with what she's meant to be saying). The three children are all clever with unique attributes, and the minor characters (including the villains) are all terribly interesting to in their own bizarre ways. The stories are always fairly action packed, making them quick and compelling reads. I'd highly recommend the entire series, but only for people with a taste for quirky or out of the ordinary works.
sszkutak on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This was a good read. For the younger audiences it has spectacular vocabulary lessons embedded into the plot and the characters while not overly developed are very nice.
KhangNguyen on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The bad beginning by lemony snicketThe first book in the series of unfortunate event introduces the Baudelaire children, violet, Klaus and sunny. How unlucky they are, their house gets burnt down killing their parent. Leaving them to live with their distant relative Count Olaf, who is a mean and nasty character throughout the book all he wants, is to get his hands on the children¿s fortune their parents left. It takes all the children intelligence to evade his wicked plans.This is amazing book because it¿s clever, funny, entertaining, imaginative and educational. The narrator of book use allot of difficult words, but takes to trouble to explain their meaning, there are three characters , Violet who liking inventing things, Klaus liking reading and sonny who bites things. The story takes disturbing and unhappy turns and readers with nervous disposition may become very anxious at crucial points. I can assurance that the children survive; readers can work that out that much for themselves because the book series by Lemony Snicket has 13 volumes. They also take great pleasure in book to educate themselves: their refusal to stop looking for ways to solve problems is admirable and their own strength and creativity. The story acknowledges the existence of terrible events and does not pretend that everything turns out for the best. Children who have themselves loss of parent might find reading this book can be quite comforting.Overall the whole series is great I definitely recommend giving at least the first one a read, then maybe then you might consider reading the whole series, for the first book it was such a excellent start for a amazing series .
KeRo0306 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is the beginning of a truly dreadful masterpiece. If you like stories about orphans who have to get through life with their sheer wits then this a book for you.
briannad84 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Second time reading this book and I still love it! I've only gotten as far as the third book in the series and am eager to finish all of them eventually to see how it does end. The movie was good but I wish they'd come out with the others in the same way, I liked how they combined the first few books. Love Snicket's (I can't recall his real name) work and would like to see what else he's come out with. Very creative man! Love the illustrations!
th11 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Great Start to a wonderful series!
heidilove on LibraryThing 11 months ago
wonderful started and conceived
misstery1 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book (and series) is a wonderful addition to children's fiction. Vivid characters and perplexing challenges make the story come alive. Count Olaf is an excellent villain and everyone enjoys rooting that the Baudelaire orphans will escape his dastardly clutches and somehow find a stable home. Both children and adults enjoy the subtle humor and the outright silliness of the situations in which the Baudelaire orphans find themselves time and again. Certainly one to share with the whole family--read aloud is best!
alcrivello on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The beginning to the sad tale of the Bauldelaires' lives.
ankhet on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I personally have a hard time with this series, but am determined to get through it - mostly by repeating to myself "well, how do the orphans get out of it this time?"This is the first book, in which the Baudelaire children are orphaned (a word which here means "left on their own because their parents died in a horrible nasty house fire") and sent to live with the first closest (geographically, at least) relative in a string of them: Count Olaf.