Hello, book-loving friends! Wow, have I got a book for you today! If you haven’t caught on yet (or if this is the first of my posts that you’ve read), I have a bit of a soft spot for funny kids books. Oh, yes, The Bad Beginning could possibly be the funniest book in the history of literature. Maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it is very, very funny. Lemony Snicket is probably the only author of all time to attract readers by telling them to put down the book immediately and seek reading material elsewhere.
I am 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 live lives filled with misery and woe… 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… there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that kind of thing.
With all due respect,
Isn’t it great? That is an abridged version of the back cover of The Bad Beginning. The inside is the same. If you aren’t laughing already, than just wait, just wait.
If you’re thinking, ‘okay, it’s funny, fantastic. What’s it about?’, then your wonderings can end now. Here’s a brief summary of the basic jist of the plot. The Baudelaire siblings,
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, learn one misty day that a tragic fire burned down their house and killed their parents, who left the now-orphans an enourmous fortune. They move in with their new guardian, Count Olaf, who claims to either be their third cousin four times removed or their fourth cousin three times removed. Turns out, he isn’t related to them at all, and will do anything to get his hands on that fortune!
So there it is, in a nutshell. It’s a great book. Here’s my rating:
What age should read it: 7+
There really isn’t much inapropriate content in this book. There is some drinking mentioned once, but that’s about it. If you plan on reading the other twelve books, there are some murders that might scare younger kids, just a fair warning.
If you like it, which I’m sure you will, there’s more! Here are some unfortunate ways to learn more about the Baudelaire orphans dismal lives:
- Read the other books! There are thirteen books in the series; I myself have only read four of them, but am working on the fifth. The Reptile Room is my favorite so far.
- Watch the movie! There is a Series of Unfortunate Events movie. As it usually goes, the movie isn’t as good as the book, but it’s still fun. I’ll just give one complaint: Klaus doesn’t have glasses. Why, Hollywood, WHY? Anyways, it includes the first three books, so read them first.
- Watch the Netflix series! Wow, that series is good! The first series has the first four books, each split into two episodes around fourty-five minutes to an hour long each, and there’s a new season on it’s way. In this one, Klaus has glasses. Thank you, Netflix, THANK YOU!
Ok, I guess I have to stop rambling on or you’ll never get to actually read it. Oh, here’s a little warning: Since the Netflix version just came out, it’s kind of hard to get the books at the library. Your best bet will be to borrow it from a friend. Kids, check and see if your language arts teacher has a copy you can borrow, that’s what I’m doing!
From one book-loving kid to another, have a very unfortunate day! (just kidding! have a nice day.)