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Bad Beginning, The

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9780064407663
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176pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
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Overview

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

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.

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.

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.2  (3)
Writing style 
 
4.0  (3)
Characters 
 
4.3  (3)
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Story held my interest
Writing style
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

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Setting
The setting starts off on the beach where the Baudelaire's receive the terrible news about there parents dying in a fire and that there home was burned down. Most of the story takes place where the antagonist lives, Count Olaf.
Characters
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are the children in the story and they are the main characters. The antagonist Count Olaf a tall skinny man is trying to take their fortune that there parents left behind.
Good Points
Some of the good points in this story is when Count Olaf is fooled by Violet when he "creates" a play in which he marries the girl (Violet) nobody else knows that it's a real marriage except Olaf and the children. When she signs the document she uses her left hand which makes the certificate void.
Bad Points
I don't have any bad points, it was a well written book with a lot of mystery and suspense which really draws readers to book's so i have nothing bad to say.
Plot Summary
On the beach in the beginning they receive the news that there parents had died in the fire. They are sent to live with their closest relative which turns out to be Count Olaf.
Another event that occurred is when Count Olaf kidnaps, Sunny and puts her on a cage off the balcony so that way Violet can't say no to the marriage.
Ending
In the ending Olaf is tricked by Violet and he is going to be arrested along side with his friends but they escape and that's where the story ends. It really leaves a cliff hanger making you want more.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Story held my interest 
 
3.0
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0

The Bad Beginnings

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Setting

From the start the children knew that their relative was not very suitable to be a guardian for them. Olaf did not care for the safeness of his home or the cleanliness because he specifically tells the children he does not care about anything other than to get his hands on their family fortune. Olaf had a theatre he performs for and he was having some guest come over to dinner but of course did not know how to cook so he forced the children to cook and clean the house before the guest arrived. When a guest made a comment about the food Olaf got mad and smacked the young boy name Klaus. The children run back to Mr. Poe to help save them he was way too busy to take a minute for them. They begged the banker to give them a minute to help them he wouldn’t listen. Later on that night Olaf found out they went to get away from him he was furious and locked them in the house. The children eventually snuck out in the middle of the night and they had to run back to the bank and wait for Mr. Poe to try and catch him early. This time the banker listened and when he saw the marks on Klaus he knew he ad to do something fast.
Characters
The intention that Snicket had for all the characters was very obvious.The middle child of the family was Klaus. Klaus was meant to be the emotional and very shy boy who liked to read, now compared to his sister Violet who was courageous and very daring, she had to also push Klaus a little extra because she wanted to survive the right way and Klaus just wanted to survive no matter the conditions. Violet being fourteen she stood the eldest to her siblings. She was very creative when it came to invention things and was the head of the siblings when it came to to escaping and trying to survive. Sunny on the other hand was only a baby. She was very small for her age but had amazing features like her four teeth and being able to say a few words. She was apart of the escape because Violet could not let herself leave the baby behind and let who knows what happen. Snicket could have made the other characters more noticeable and had more part to them but it was mostly about the kids and Olaf. Olaf was a very evil person who just wanted fame and money. The money belong to the children but he didn't care he wanted it all to himself to help grow as a person.
Good Points
Some good points that Snicket had in this book was all of the way he described the scenery and the way he described the troubles, pain and happy moments throughout the book. The way he did described and had his word set up really made me feel like I was in the book myself. He described all of the children and all the qualities of them so well even if it was little details which made the book even more interesting and making me more eager to read.
Bad Points
The bad points of the book was when he would switch from one character talking to the other without specifying. When he would go from Klaus to Violet I would get mixed up because they talk the same during the book so I had to go back a little bit and reread the paragraph sometimes. He also was bad on describing the parents was they were like. Other then that he did amazing at writing this book.
Plot Summary
Three children go on the adventure to save their life and have to fight of their evil relative and others that are chasing after them for their family money.
Ending
The ending was not very satisfying and was unclear with lots of holes and not a very good ending chapter. I feel like there were a couple of things that I got out of this book. I got adventure, dispense and some shocking times out of this book because it had a lot of plot twists that we would not have thought of. Snicket through this whole book is trying to tell the audience that if you want to survive you need to being daring and have no fear. Throughout the book the character show ambition and I think that was one more thing he was aiming for.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

The Bad Beginning

User Review

Setting
The setting of this book changes quite a few times. At the beginning of the story the setting was on briny beach with the children. After the children get the news that their parents had died from Mr. Poe, he took them in for a few nights while he was setting up family arrangements for the children. After living at Mr. Poes' for a while, he got things all sorted out with Count Olaf, a very distant family member. When the children got to their new home with Count Olaf, their bedroom was the attic with one tiny bed in the middle of the room. Count Olafs' house was a black mansion. The house was dirty and was dark all of the time. Whenever they could, they would go across the street to Justice Strauss. She had this big library in her backyard in a decent size garage.
Characters
The main characters are the Baudelaire children, and a actor, theater, old, lying, grumpy man, named Count Olaf. Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the three. She has the mechanical brains and can make pretty much anything out of things that she finds. Klaus Baudelaire, the second eldest, is the brains of the family. He reads and remembers the things that he reads. Sunny Baudelaire, the youngest, has the strongest teeth. She can carve a rock into anything she wants it to be.
Good Points
Some of the good points to this book is that it all happens within a few days. It has a lot of details in what has happened to the Baudelaire children. The book has some weird parts, but it all ties together in what has happened, and why these things are happening to the Baudelaire children.
Bad Points
Some of the bad points in this book is that it goes back and forth between the children, Count Olaf, and the parents point of views and what is happening through their eyes. It switches between them quite a few times, and if you don't pay attention, you will get confused.
Plot Summary
The Baudelaire children's parents died in a fire that destroyed their home. They went to live with the nearest distant relative, which was Count Olaf. Count Olaf was not really their relative at all, the kids had figured that out. They tried to escape from his house to get away from him. Count Olaf was an actor. He had written a play that he and Violet will get married. When the play was happening, Count Olaf got a real person that could legally marry people and the marriage certificate. All that Count Olaf wanted from the Baudelaires' was the fortune that their parents had left behind for them.
Ending
The ending was a little confusing at first. When you fist start to reach the ending, it gets a little confusing, so make sure you are paying very close attention. Once the book has come to an end, all you want to do is continue to read to what happens to these children.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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