From the Publisher:
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
A Series of Unfortunate Events consists of 13 books with 13 chapters each. Read them if you dare! We do, and here are our reviews, book by unhappy book . . .
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.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Book the First: The Bad Beginning
Meet the Baudelaire siblings . . . Violet, Klaus and Sunny. They are wonderful kids but very very unlucky. Author Lemony Snicket says, "disaster lurks at their heels . . . one might say they are magnets for misfortune."
What ensues is a book full of adventure as these clever kids save themselves from disaster after disaster. You will love all three as they battle the evil Count Olaf. Be prepared . . . you will not want to put this book down until the very last page!
• Book the First: The Bad Beginning at Amazon.com
• Book the First: The Bad Beginning at Amazon.ca (Canada)
• Book the First: The Bad Beginning at Amazon.UK
Book the Second: The Reptile Room
The Baudelaire orphans believe they have finally found peace and a good home with silly Uncle Monty, a herpetologist. While planning a trip to Peru, a stranger enters their lives that they soon realize is NO stranger! The siblings are again forced to save each other from perilous misadventures and misdeeds. Whatever will happen to these unlucky kids? Read and find out!
• Book the Second: The Reptile Room at Amazon.com
• Book the Second: The Reptile Room at Amazon.ca (Canada)
• Book the Second: The Reptile Room at Amazon.UK
Book the Third: The Wide Window
The Baudelaire siblings are sent to live with Aunt Josephine, who of course, is not really their aunt but their second cousin's sister-in-law. Dear Auntie Josephine is a widow who is afraid of nearly everything, but she nonetheless offers her home to the children. The Baudelaires' tragic tale continues with this very wet, cold and dangerous adventure, featuring the villain we all love to hate. You won't want to miss this one!
• Book the Third: The Wide Window at Amazon.com
• Book the Third: The Wide Window at Amazon.ca (Canada)
• Book the Third: The Wide Window at Amazon.UK
Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill
The saddest tale yet - the Baudelaires are sent to Paltryville and are forced to work in the Lucky Smells Lumbermill! Even baby Sunny has to work everyday. They get no breakfast, a stick of gum for lunch and a not-so-yummy casserole for dinner. Exhausted and hungry, accidents begin to happen under very unusual circumstances, and Klaus is simply not himself. But where oh where is Count Olaf? He doesn't seem to be anywhere, and yet . . . well, read the book and find out!
• Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill at Amazon.com
• Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill at Amazon.ca (Canada)
• Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill at Amazon.UK
Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy
Since guardians haven't worked well for the Baudelaire orphans, they are sent to a boarding school by Mr. Poe where they must endure a disgusting orphan shack, creepy and mean classmates, boring teachers and cruel and unusual punishments. Something good does happen to the orphans in that they meet up with the two surviving Quagmire triplets - friends at last! Of course, Count Olaf shows up to work his evil deeds. The Austere Academy has the most suspenseful ending yet in the series so give it a read and then grab Book the Sixth immediately!
• Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy at Amazon.com
• Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy at Amazon.ca (Canada)
• Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy at Amazon.UK