"Not such a bad beginning after all or is it?"
Now I know this series is touted as extremely unpleasant
and depressing books so with that in mind I delved into the
first one. I have to admit I couldn't believe I not only
read it but avidly and quickly because I could not wait to
immediately start the second one upon finishing the first.
The first book begins the story of the three Baudelaire
siblings. Violet is 14, Klaus a little more than 12 and
Sunny just a tiny toddler with four very sharp teeth. They
are walking along the beach when they notice a figure
walking towards them. When he gets close enough they
realize it is Mr. Poe, their parents' friend and banker who
takes care of their rather large fortune. He has very bad
news. Their parents and home have been ravaged by fire.
There's nothing left and they have to go live with
relatives. Mr. Poe tells them that their parents
specifically states in their will that they were to live
with relatives. The problem is finding relatives that live
The Baudelaire children live for a while with the Poes and
are cramped in one room until Mr. Poe tells them they are
to live with Count Olaf, one of their distant relatives.
They all have no way of knowing how awful Count Olaf is and
how he only wants their vast fortune for himself. There
they still have to live in one filthy room and have to do
horrid chores for the Count while he tries to plot how to
attain their fortune. Whatever will they do to get out of
this horrid situation? It all seems so hopeless.
My almost ten year old daughter and I are reading this
series with great interest. We both feel for the poor
Baudelaire children and hope that they will figure a way
out of their horrible situation. We are anxious to see what
the next book will bring for these poor rich children who
are in quite the helpless condition. Lemony Snicket brings
new meaning to the words unhappy, unpleasant and nasty and
I mean that in the most complimentary way!
Reviewed by Kathy Boswell
Posted December 6, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 15, 2006