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There is nothing to be found in these special tie-in editions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events but misery and despair. You still have time to pick another bestselling, Emmy-nominated, Netflix-adapted series to read. But if you cannot be dissuaded, read on . . .


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 Bad Beginning, the siblings encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune and cold porridge for breakfast.


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.


Despite their wretched contents, `A Series of Unfortunate Events' has sold 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey. And in the future things are poised to get much worse, thanks to the forthcoming Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris. You have been warned.


Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures?


The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

The Miserable Mill

The Austere Academy

The Ersatz Elevator

The Vile Village

The Hostile Hospital

The Carnivorous Carnival

The Slippery Slope

The Grim Grotto

The Penultimate Peril

The End


And what about All the Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about:


`Who Could That Be at This Hour?'


`When Did you Last See Her?'


`Shouldn't You Be in School?'


`Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?'


Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.


Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.

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This is Book 1 in the A Series of Unfortunate Events Series. See all A Series of Unfortunate Events books here.

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25th March '19
I read it to Carmen aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Requested by my six-year old after watching the TV series.  Very cleverly written, just ‘adult’ enough to make kids feel like they’re being let into a secret whilst still being packed with childish capers and humour. Not suitable for very young children. My daughter and I took turns to read chapters.
15th March '19
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I adore Count Olaf’s crazy world with his loopy companions. So well written and immersive - every time I read books from this series I get lost in the dark world.
15th March '19
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Bad Beginning 9781405290647
5 stars
I adore Count Olaf’s crazy world with his loopy companions. So well written and immersive - every time I read books from this series I get lost in the dark world.
11th June '19
I read it to 6AT aged 10 to 11
The Bad Beginning 9781405290647
5 stars
I am struggling to find the words to express how much I enjoyed reading this book. We started the story, planning to only read the first few chapters to influence a piece of extended writing but as a class, we became so engrossed in the story we had to continue. Snicket's style is unmatched and influential and his story telling is phenomenal. As a class, we became invested in theories of what would happen next and conversing about Snicket's relatable openings. The Baudelaires have a tough time of it, but it never feels like they are doomed, you are waiting for a snazzy invention, a snippet of read information or even the occasional well-timed bite. 
Numerous children in my class went on to watch the series and we also watched the film altogether which made the book more enjoyable as the story arcs are ever so slightly different. 
Top quality story telling that will intrigue even the most reluctant readers.
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About Lemony Snicket

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.

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