Book Review: The Bad Beginning

This is the first in a series of books that follow some “unfortunate” children along with their sad story.  It was written by Lemony Snicket which is the pen name for Daniel Handler.  The books are very popular and well read with young readers.  So much so that even though there was a movie release in 2004 for these books there is another slated for 2017.  For my part, it was not a bad book, but a little too juvenile for me.  I think my 8 years old might like them, but they are very sad.  So, I have not yet recommended them to her.  There are other more inspiring stories for that age set.

The bad beginning Book Cover The bad beginning
Lemony Snicket
Harper Collins

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket