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  A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Review by: Cameron H.
Pennsylvania, Grade 10

In the beginning of the book, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, you quickly find out that the book is not a happy book, and throughout the book it even states that you should put the book down if you are looking for a happy story. The three main children in the book are Violet Baudelaire, Klaus Baudelaire, and Sunny Baudelaire and they are three orphans whoís parents died in an accident, but they left behind a huge fortune which the oldest child, Violet, doesnít have control over until she is of age. They are sent to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf, where most of the story takes place. Count Olaf is an evil man who tries to gain control over the Baudelaire childrenís fortune for himself.
There are many characters in the book but there are three main protagonist characters and one antagonist. The three protagonists are the Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, Sunny, and the antagonist is Count Olaf. Violet, the eldest of the Baudelaire children, is a young inventor who uses her inventing abilities throughout the story to get out of certain predicaments. Klaus, the middle Baudelaire child, is a young man who enjoys reading, about everything, which helps them get out of Olafís evil plans. Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire child, is an infant who likes to bite things, or people. Olaf is an evil, clever, mysterious man who tries to come up with some evil schemes to gain control over the Baudelaire fortune. Olaf threatens to kill Sunny unless Violet and Klaus went along with his scheme.
This book is about greed and how far people will go to be able to get their hands on money. The Baudelaire children meet a nice old woman named Justice Strauss who is a judge that lives across from Count Olafís house. She is a caring woman who has a large library in her home which she allows the Baudelaire children to use whenever they want. She gets drawn into Count Olafís plan, not to help Olaf but instead was tricked into it by Olaf. In the end the children got out of his plan and Olaf didnít get their fortune, for now.


I would rate this book a three out of five. It was a good book, but itís not a relatable book. I enjoy reading books which I can relate to, but I cannot relate to a book about kids parents dying and they are sent to live with an evil relative. Both of my parents are alive and well, so I canít exactly feel what the main characters feel. If the book was a little more relatable I would have given the book four or five stars.

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