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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Netflix Tie-in (Hardcover)

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By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

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Want something wickedly funny? Read this series-- it was my all-time favorite when I was a kid!

The Baudelaire children are clever and inventive, but attract misfortune wherever they go. When their parents (supposedly) die in a fire, they must take care of each other and try to outwit an evil relative who’s after their inheritance!

What these books have got: Dark humor, action, adventure, mystery, an empathetic and hilarious narrator, and much more!

— Kiwi



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. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

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.

About the Author

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.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events: “Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Irrepressible, brave and charming.” — New York Times Book Review

“With a cast of unforgettable characters, a distinctly literary air, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a great match for dark comedy fans.” — Brightly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062796028
ISBN-10: 006279602X
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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