Justice Strauss and Mr. Poe both object, but concede that the law requires them to hand over the Baudelaire fortune to Olaf. Violet interrupts to proclaim that the marriage was not legally binding, as she signed with her left hand despite being right-handed and the wording is 'own hand'. Justice Strauss agrees that this invalidates the marriage. Before Olaf can be arrested for locking up Sunny, one of his associates turns the lights in the theatre off and he is able to escape.
Justice Strauss tells the Baudelaires that she is willing to adopt them; however, Mr. Poe says that this would go against their parents' will, as Justice Strauss is not their relative. He takes them back to his household until he can find another guardian for them. In addition to a box, new cover, and additional illustrations, this edition contains a fourteenth chapter filled with author's notes, many of which foreshadow later events in the series or provide excessively detailed information about the events in The Bad Beginning itself.
The Bad Beginning: or, Orphans! They come in a larger format and contain three plates of color artwork that are redrawn from the original edition of the book and two plates of new color artwork. The Limited Edition is bound in leather and contained within a box, similar to the Rare Edition , and each copy was signed by Daniel Handler. There is also a new "Short-Lived Edition", released for general sale on June 14, Two audiobook versions of this novel were released.
The first version was released in September Marcus , which won an "Earphones Award" on AudioFile , which described the audiobook as "fabulously funny" and complimented the conversation involving Handler. This version also included sound effects and a soundtrack. The book was adapted into the first two episodes of the first season of the television series adaptation produced by Netflix. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dewey Decimal. School Library Journal. Retrieved July 27, Kirkus Reviews.
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Daniel Handler Brett Helquist Seth. Lucia I don't know. As a kid, I didn't like these. I found them creepy and they went over my head. Now I'm 23 and I found a lot of rather sophisticated humo …more I don't know. Now I'm 23 and I found a lot of rather sophisticated humor and even some depth in it. Sort of joking. Sort of. Is this really a bad book? Not even remotely. See all 65 questions about The Bad Beginning…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. It made me feel SO nostalgic reading it. I can't wait for the netflix series!! View all 28 comments. May 11, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it. I'm reading through this series with my daughter Celyn 10 years old, very disabled, hence Dad does the reading.
So, this is a clever, entertaining book set in a world like ours but populated with bizarre characters and with distinctly dark undercurrents. Recurring themes throughout the series are: i Adults are mindbogglingly stupid. Short, very readable, will leave you wanting the next. This one sets the scene, rapidly orphaning the children, establishing the goal to survive long enough to take control of their huge inheritance , and their adversary Count Olaaf and his theatre troop of sinister villains.
We have ten of the books because my elder children loved them when they were young. On book 5 I'm thinking we'll probably read them all. EDIT: I have now posted reviews of all 13 books in the series - check them out! You should join my 3-emails-a-year mailing list for updates about my books.
View all 20 comments. Nov 25, emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned , recommend , i-love-these-characters , auto-buy-authors , that-setting-tho , funny , reread , reviewed , 5-stars , dark. The least fascinatingly detailed book in my favorite series! It just keeps getting better and better, folks. What are you doing? Second, we follow the Baudelaires - Violet, Klaus, and Sunny - through what can only be Very Foreseeably Described as a series of unfortunate events.
This phenomenon becomes more and more clear as the series progresses, which is why the first book is the worst one. Or maybe the last one is, depending on how many questions it answers. But I loved this series so much in my childhood. Lemony Snicket taught me the power of books, and of words.
I have Lemony Snicket to thank for a lot of things. These books are funny, exciting, dark, and teeming with clues and Easter eggs for those who care to look. Man, I love these books. I could reread them every year and never get bored. I know this because of a very scientific process wherein I reread them pretty much every year. The world is quiet here. View all 47 comments. For some reason I had the sudden urge to re-read these books I have the 11th book in a physical copy, but I will eventually be picking the rest of them up as well.
View all 16 comments. Sep 12, C. Drews rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , middle-grade , reread , mystery. Hello I even intended to become a famous author myself and write under the pseudonym "Orange Peel" because obviously. So yes. I am a mild fan right here. And I decided I had to reread before the Netflix series comes out! Of which I will be watching. I also loved the movie, just so you know.
IUnderstoodThatReference Obviously the series is timeless. I completely adored it even though I'm 23 and not, erm, But whatever. The true sign of a good book is that any age can adore it. And of course it made my little soul totally muchly pained to see the torment the Baudelaire's go through. But I love the clever quips and the witty jokes and I adore how it doesn't dumb down the children. Any time a character tries to dumb down a character, the Baudelaire's glare and fight back.
I love this series omg. Wait while I frolic down memory lane. View all 17 comments. Up until now, the three Baudelaire children have lived a fairly lavish life, until a raging fire burns through their home with their parents inside. Their deaths are suspicious and nobody really knows how the fire started in the first place. Now they have nothing left and Mr. Poe opened his mouth to say something, but erupted into a brief fit of coughing.
His name is Count Olaf. I felt that there were positive aspects too. Also, there are many important messages about family, trust, embracing what you have and making the best of it. I enjoyed the writing and thought it was really easy to follow. There are frequent new vocabulary words introduced for children to learn and I appreciated the addition of them with thorough explanations. If you are literally jumping for joy, for instance, it means you are leaping in the air because you are very happy.
If you are figuratively jumping for joy, it means you are so happy that you could jump for joy, but are saving your energy for other matters. My plan is to read them all with my kids before we start the Netflix series. View all 22 comments. Apr 15, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , adventure , fiction , childrens-young-readers , humor , young-adult , novels , fantasy , 20th-century , united-states.
The novel tells the story of three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who become orphans following a fire and are sent to live with Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance. Jan 16, Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it. And a Gothic villain. And the author himself, Mr. Lemony Snicket; who advises you repeatedly that this book is sad and misfortune and not with a happy endings..
BUT as our beloved mother Country saying And that was The Story The Baudelaire 3 children lost their parents, their huge house and everything they own in a fire But not their huge bank account. Poe, the banker is the one responsible to see them to the 'proper' guardian. Proper here refer to something that never happened.. Who's has nothing to do with them but plotting to get his hand of their fortune.
Which they even can't get their hand on it till the eldest -Violet, come of age. To try to get their fortune. He puts them in a Series of Unfortunate Events. And by the second half of the Book One.. How , how can they know the deceive, how can they escape his plan without endanger their lives??? Oh and no matter what do you think.. No Happy Endings here.. Also he does that in expressions and literature techniques as well.
It's sarcastic and if it's really a children's book.. If you read of Mr. Lemony Snicket's real life you'll feel he's been 'forced' somehow to write a children books. It's , the phenomenon of Harry Potter was on the catching fire stage.. Satire here means a dark fun sarcastic imitation of normal life children books. The creating of the Lemony Snicket constant commentaries through the book as a detective who investigate the Baudelaire orphans' Series and tell this as a story for ether very young readers, or slow ones, that worked as a very funny 'comic relief' amidst all the Misfortune Unfortunate Events Series.
That's it for a small book reviews. I over talked it I guess.. Unfortunate Events. Mohammed Arabey 16 January To 17 January View all 21 comments. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.
This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I'm sorry to tell you this but that is how the story goes. I am ashamed to say that I have had this 13 book hardback boxset since and I am just now getting around to it.
I put it on one of my challenges for this year but now I'm thinking I might should wait for the tv show on Netflix. I wonder when that is coming out. They are just having a day of play when they find out their parents die in a fire at their house and they have nothing. And Mr. Poe who is oblivious and lives in his own little world sends them to life with a distant relative - the evil Count Olaf!
All he count wants is the children's money that Violet is to get when she comes of age. Olaf makes the children do horrible chores, cook, sleep in one bed and the house is atrocious! But the kids do find some peace with the neighbor, Justice Strauss. She lets them cover over and read books from her library. I saw the movie for this years ago and I think someone told me it is compiled of the first three books.
I thought it was good though. I am really looking forward to the Netflix tv series and the rest of the books! View all 31 comments. Jul 18, J. Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: america , humor , reviewed , novel. So the premise of this book as the narrator keeps helpfully reminding us is that this group of three children will continue to have difficult problems to overcome, and every time they succeed in dealing with one problem, another will crop up.
In the writing business, this is what's known as 'a plot'. But then he takes it one step further: in addition to all the difficulties along the way, he assures us that the characters will never break this pattern, and there will be no 'happy ending'.
I thi So the premise of this book as the narrator keeps helpfully reminding us is that this group of three children will continue to have difficult problems to overcome, and every time they succeed in dealing with one problem, another will crop up. I think this is a good idea, especially in a children's book, because we, as a culture, don't have enough role models for failure.
We have lots of role models for how to behave when we win, but this isn't really very useful--it's not when we win that we most need guidance and aid. We need more examples of how to maintain, how to persevere, in the face of failure. At this point, our only role models for what to do when we fail are villains, who tend to get angry, yell, whine, take it out on subordinates, and then develop vengeful plans to make everyone feel as bad as they do.
The unfortunate result is that people often begin to act like villains when things don't go well, an effect which can be observed most easily by holding a job where you have a boss. So I'm all for 'no easy wrap ups' at the end of the story, but unfortunately, Snicket is unable to develop a conclusion without this easy route. It takes a very skilled writer to eschew convention and still write something interesting, and his reasons for avoiding standard practices should not be merely to differentiate himself, but to achieve some alternative goal for his story.
There are authors who have achieved this, even in children's fiction--Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl being the preeminent examples. When Snicket laid out the premise of his books, I began to look for something along the lines of those two authors, who, despite creating stories of children suffering constantly and unfairly, managed to write entertaining, enjoyable stories. But then those stories were wild and vivid, even when they were dark. Dahl's ability to create grotesque, powerful characters made for dynamic, engrossing stories, while Carroll's quick, fertile mind kept us always guessing, and often laughing, despite Alice's constant frustrations.
Though Snicket is trying for a witty style, he rarely gets there. After the second chapter, all his jokes have already been established, the rest are only minor variations on the same themes. There are no surprising insights to back up his humor, nothing unexpected, just a continuance of the same tone: dry, but not acerbic. The characters, likewise, show little variance.
The vocabulary and speech patterns are all very similar, whether adults, children, villains, or heroes. We are often told of differences in character by the narrator, but these never actually make it into the characters' mouths. Since the characters are fairly cliche and undifferentiated, Snicket cannot hang the plot on them, like Dahl would. They cannot provide the vibrant impetus for the plot, so Snicket's plot instead becomes a series of convenient or conveniently inconvenient events.
The writing itself is not bad, it's mostly just a case of Snicket not being clever or dark enough to buoy his premise. In the end, not much stands out, not the characters, nor the humor. I applaud his attempt to address difficult and painful issues in his books, and without resorting to basic melodrama, but tragedy is measured by the subject's capacity for pain, so characters must be vivid and deep in order for events to feel truly unfortunate; otherwise, it just becomes the same array of problems common to every plot.
View all 14 comments. Feb 25, Lizziegolightly rated it it was amazing. When I was a child, I learned a thing or two from reading the works of Roald Dahl. The most important of these lessons is that adults are, more often than not, either evil or oblivious and, to co-opt Lemony Snicket's writing style, by oblivious I mean "lacking conscious awareness; unmindful.
All you need to do is watch the news or enter the workforce and you too will realize t When I was a child, I learned a thing or two from reading the works of Roald Dahl. All you need to do is watch the news or enter the workforce and you too will realize the same. So it is through this lens of animosity towards grown ups hey, just become I am one doesn't mean I have to think like one that I read the first installment of Lemony Snicket's part serial A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Snicket, or his alter ego, seems mighty influenced by Dahl and Edward Gorey. Like the former, most of the adults in the book are worthless. Those who aren't are either dead or somehow taken away from the Baudelaire children. Like the later, bad things keep on happening to our protagonists.
The three Baudelaire children-- Violet, Klaus and Sunny-- live a rather charmed life with parents who love and respect them. Upon an unsupervised excursion to the beach, a fire consumes the Baudelaire home and kills the parents. The three children are taken into the temporary care of Mr. Poe who has a son named Edgar, by the way until a relative can be located. After some time, the children are pawned off on Count Olaf, a horrid actor with a title and no money.
From the beginning, it is obvious that he has only taken in the children because of the vast fortune they are set to acquire. When he learns that the inheritance will be withheld until Violet is of age, he punishes the children repeatedly. We will stop there, lest I give away the end of this first book. Aside from a page-turner plot, what works in the book's favor is the language. Snicket uses large grown-up words with the context of child-sized sentences. He defines the words without being condescending and goes on to explain many of the legal concepts that are used throughout the story.
The characters are also intriguing. The adults in the story often appear as grotesque figures that make just enough sense to keep the storyline plausible. And, in the grand tradition of children's literature, the Baudelaire orphans are quick-witted and strong-willed.
I found this book as part of a three series boxed set at a thrift store by my house. Each book is small and hard covered, designed to look like a Victorian tome and filled with beautiful illustrations. Now, I can't wait to get started on volume two. View all 5 comments. This was fantastic! I read the series when I was a kid and then just now had to reread it for my Children's Lit class! And I'm glad I did! Because eff yeah! He's sarcastic and realistic and cynical and hilarious.
Best of all, even though this is absolutely a children's book it treats the reader who is technically supposed to be a child as an intelligent human who is capable of This was fantastic! Best of all, even though this is absolutely a children's book it treats the reader who is technically supposed to be a child as an intelligent human who is capable of figuring things out and having a good vocabulary and understanding subtext and foreshadowing.
Also, I just added this to my favourites shelf because geez this is a favourite! View all 9 comments. I was pretty excited when I read this book because that was the first time I read this book and I also had no idea what the book was about and I quite enjoyed reading it. The book never bored me but the book wasn't really amazing either. Neither good nor bad. The characters in the book were pretty interesting except the villain, he creeped me out. She was so cute! I don't think I will continue reading this series.
I don't know why, but I just don't feel like I want to continue reading the series. This book was pretty good, nonetheless and I love the illustrations in this book! If you're interested in reading this book, I suggest you to try reading it. Maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did. I have been pretty curious about this series since If you have, what do you think of it? Apr 14, Brian Yahn rated it really liked it. Easily one of the best children's stories I've read, The Bad Beginning is a high stakes, whimsical twist of a fairytale.
Count Olaf, the antagonist, ruins everything, but in a way that's super fun to read. As the stakes pile on, and bad luck for the main characters becomes the worst luck, and the tension reaches an all time high, the writing still maintains this playful even keel to keep everything fun and enjoyable. It had me tearing through pages to see just how bad the beginnings got. And I lov Easily one of the best children's stories I've read, The Bad Beginning is a high stakes, whimsical twist of a fairytale.
And I loved every sentence. View 1 comment. I started reading The Series of Unfortunate Events to help me with a small reading slump. Each book is easy to read and nice and short.
Poe, who is a friend of the family and the executor of the Baudelaire fortune. It is his responsibility to place the children with a guardian and to take care of their money until Violet turns eighteen. Poe's first choice for the children's guardian is Count Olaf, a distant relative. It is immediately obvious that he is not fit to take care of the children, but Mr. Poe seems to be oblivious to this fact and leaves the children in his care.
During the children's stay with Count Olaf, they are forced to put up with less than satisfactory living conditions, a very dirty home and a myriad of chores. Justice Strauss, a neighbor of Count Olaf, provides the one bright spot in the orphans' lives. She lets them use her library and help her with her garden, and she becomes quite close to the children. The reader soon realizes that Count Olaf has plans to take the Baudelaire fortune and will stop at nothing to get it.
He becomes increasingly more violent, and his chore demands increase. Things come to a head at a dinner party where the children meet the unsavory characters that make up Count Olaf's acting troupe. Count Olaf develops a plan to steal the Baudelaires' fortune, and he begins to implement it immediately. He has decided to put on a play called The Marvelous Marriage, in which he will play the bridegroom and Violet Baudelaire will play the bride.
However, the marriage is to be legal, so that Count Olaf can control the children's money. When the orphans discover Count Olaf's true motives, they refuse to take part in the production. Count Olaf strikes back by taking Sunny prisoner and tying her up in a birdcage in his tower.
Violet and Klaus have no choice but to go along with his plan. The children find out that Justice Strauss will also be performing in the play and attempt to enlist her help. Unfortunately, she is too star-struck at the prospect of performing on the stage to be of any assistance. The Baudelaire children must concoct a solution that will get them out of this predicament and save Sunny at the same time.
Violet and Klaus team up, using their unique skills to think up a solution as the curtain goes up on The Marvelous Marriage. Just as Count Olaf thinks he has succeeded, Violet drops a bombshell that reveals the one weakness in his plan.
Sunny is rescued, and Count Olaf's true designs are revealed. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. All rights reserved. Toggle navigation. Sign Up. Sounds good so far. Poe ends up taking the children to live with Count Olaf—a distant relative whom the kids have never heard of.
It's pretty obvious right away that Count Olaf is not even close to being a suitable guardian for the Baudelaire children—not only is his house dilapidated and dirty, he makes it clear that he has only taken in the orphans to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune.
Even though Count Olaf has only given them one bed to share and a cardboard box to keep all their clothes in, the kids make friends with his neighbor, Justice Strauss, so life isn't all bad—just mostly. One day, Count Olaf demands that the children make dinner for his theater troupe.
He's not satisfied with the meal they prepare, though, and ends up slapping Klaus across the face before the end of the night. When the children go to see Mr. Poe the next day, he's much too busy working on his bank to help them escape the clutches of this madman. The next day, when Count Olaf insists that the children perform in his upcoming theatrical—Violet will play the part of the bride and marry Count Olaf on stage—they just know he's up to something.
After searching through law books in Justice Strauss's library, Klaus discovers that Count Olaf plans to actually marry Violet during the show. He confronts Count Olaf with this information, but when he does, he finds that the villain has kidnapped Sunny and hung her from a cage on top of a tall tower.
If Violet doesn't go through with the marriage tomorrow night, then he'll have Sunny dropped to her death. Though Violet tries to rescue her baby sister, it's no use. The next night at the play, both Mr. Poe and Justice Strauss are present, but the kids aren't able to explain to either of them what is happening and Violet is forced to marry Count Olaf during the third act.
After Violet signs a marriage document "in her own hand," per the legal requirement, Count Olaf stops the show and reveals to the audience that his dastardly plot has succeeded: He's married Violet and can now legally control her fortune. Mwah ha ha ha…. Ah, but not so fast—Violet reveals that she didn't actually sign the document in "her own hand," since she's right-handed, but used her left to make her signature.
Count Olaf is furious that his evil plan has been foiled.
Then, you can pass to the discussion of some specific aspects of the novel. First, in The Bad Beginning book report, you have to analyze the style that the author has used for writing his novel. In fact, Lemony Snicket uses the so-called reverse psychology, which can be mentioned and defined in The Bad Beginning book report. This phenomenon can be described as follows: a writer uses such style that should make the readers want to close the book and think about something more pleasant. But, the readers, as if under hypnosis, continue reading it till the very last page.
There are several other themes in the novel that can be covered in The Bad Beginning book report. Think why Mr. Poe or Justice Strauss did not make every effort to keep the kids from the Count Olaf. In The Bad Beginning book reports you can also give your explanations on why Lemony Snicket portrayed these characters in this manner. Because of Winn Dixie Book Reports.
Cancel reply. Stuck with your assignment? Do you need an essay to be done? Her gift is a strong bite. While at the beach, they learn that their home has been destroyed by a fire and that their parents have perished. The three siblings are sent to stay with the executor of the Baudelaire family estate, Mr. As executor, Mr. Poe will manage the money until Violet turns eighteen and is also responsible for finding them a guardian. Poe takes them to see what is left of their former home.
The mansion that they lived in ruined along with everything in it. Poe takes the three Baudelaire siblings to his home while he chooses a guardian to care for them. The children do not feel welcome at Mr. His two sons, Edgar and Albert, are obnoxious and do not enjoy sharing their rooms with the children. They are forced to wear itchy clothing and eat bland food in a house that smells strange.
Poe chooses, Count Olaf, as the guardian of the Baudelaire children. The Count is a distant relative whom the children have never met or heard of before. It is obvious to everyone other than Mr. Poe that Count Olaf is not a good choice to care for the children. Life goes from bad to worse when the children go to live with Count Olaf.
He lives in a filthy and ramshackle home. The house has a tower, which Count Olaf forbids the children from entering. The three children, who were accustomed to living in a mansion, are now forced to share a single room with only a single bed. There is not even a crib for the baby Sunny, who sleeps on a pile of old curtains.
Violet and Klaus take turns sleeping on the single bed. Count Olaf is a cruel man who is trying steal the Baudelaire family fortune from the children. He gives them a long list of chores to do every morning along with some oatmeal. He mostly ignores the children, spending his time away from home or in the tower. When the children do see Count Olaf, they fear his bursts of anger. The children can do nothing right. They choose to make a puttanesca only to learn that the Count wanted roast beef.
The Count dangerously lifts baby Sunny into the air and later strikes Klaus after they tell the guests that all three children have to share a single bed. The next day, the children go in search of Mr. Poe at all the local banks. The tell Mr. But Mr. Poe tells the children that Olaf has the right to treat them as he sees fit because he is their acting parent. Olaf later apologizes for his behavior. He claims that he is nervous about his latest role in a play called The Marvelous Marriage.
However, the marriage is to be legal, so that Count Olaf can control the children's money. When the orphans discover Count Olaf's true motives, they refuse to take part in the production. Count Olaf strikes back by taking Sunny prisoner and tying her up in a birdcage in his tower. Violet and Klaus have no choice but to go along with his plan. The children find out that Justice Strauss will also be performing in the play and attempt to enlist her help.
Unfortunately, she is too star-struck at the prospect of performing on the stage to be of any assistance. The Baudelaire children must concoct a solution that will get them out of this predicament and save Sunny at the same time. Violet and Klaus team up, using their unique skills to think up a solution as the curtain goes up on The Marvelous Marriage. Just as Count Olaf thinks he has succeeded, Violet drops a bombshell that reveals the one weakness in his plan.
Sunny is rescued, and Count Olaf's true designs are revealed. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. All rights reserved. Toggle navigation. Sign Up. Sign In. Get The Bad Beginning from Amazon.
View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Plot Summary. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. The book is about the three Baudelaire children, Violet, the oldest at age fourteen, her younger brother Klaus and the baby Sunny all of whom described as intelligent, charming and resourceful and extremely unlucky. The story begins with the children playing on the beach when they are approached by a banker, Mr.
Poe, who tells them that both of their parents have been killed in a fire and that they are now orphans. The children's parents will says that Mr. Poe will manage their estate until Violet becomes of age and that they must live with a relative until that time. Poe arranges for the three to live in the house of their uncle, Count Olaf, a mean, dirty, disgusting man who has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle, a single eyebrow, who drinks a lot and is bent on collecting the children's great inheritance for his own.
Olaf lives next door to Justice Strauss, a kindly judge of the high court who treats the children well, allowing them to use her library.