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Bad Beginning (Hardcover) (Lemony Snicket) - image 1 of 1
Bad Beginning (Hardcover) (Lemony Snicket) - image 1 of 1
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About the Book

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Illustrations.

Book Synopsis


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.

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.

Review Quotes

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
Dimensions (Overall): 7.25 Inches (H) x 5.17 Inches (W) x .82 Inches (D)
Weight: .53 Pounds
Suggested Age: 9-12 Years
Number of Pages: 162
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Action + Adventure / General
Series Title: Series of Unfortunate Events
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Lemony Snicket
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 1999
TCIN: 11475992
UPC: 9780064407663
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-1193
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 5 inches length x 1 inches width x 7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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Q: For what ages is this book recommended for?

submitted by DJ - 3 years ago
  • A: Hi, DJ! Regarding your question about the Bad Beginning (Hardcover) (Lemony Snicket): It is 8 - 12 years. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact MyTGTtech at 800-591-3869 every day, between 7am-11pm CST.

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5.0 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews
100% would recommend
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Peel the sticker off

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MU - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Starting the series with my 8 yr old. I was worried the Netflix sticker was part of the cover glad it can be removed. I liked that it’s hard cover and looks like an older book love that the pages look uneven.
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Readalong times

5 out of 5 stars
- 4 years ago
Bought this for a fun activity during quarantine...we read a chapter aloud, and watch what the differences are in the Netflix show. Such a good series.
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