The Bad Beginning by Snicket, Lemony
Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning -- Lemony Snicket

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In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odor.

Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 08/25/1999
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.53lbs
Size: 7.25h x 5.17w x 0.82d
ISBN: 9780064407663
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.4
Point Value: 4
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 41281 / Bad Beginning

Award: Colorado Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Nene Award - Winner
Award: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/1999 pg. 1139
Ingram Advance 08/01/1999 pg. 40
Publishers Weekly 09/06/1999 pg. 104
Booklist 12/01/1999 pg. 707
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/1999 pg. 88 - Recommended, Satisfactory
USA Today 12/18/2002 pg. 1
Best of Book Sense/First 5 Yrs 04/01/2004 pg. 1
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2000 pg. 88 - Recommended, Satisfactory
Library Journal 11/01/1999