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,
My Rating: 3/5
This is a children's book, so I didn't think I was going to like it. I saw the movie a long time ago (not by choice) so I knew what was going to happen. Although, that didn't ruin it, as I think the best thing about this book was the language.
Some parts of the book, I thought were skimmed over, like when the children found out their parents had died they just seemed to accept it on the spot. Soon after they find out about the fire, Klaus was thinking about the library burning and not about the situation. Even as a twelve year old, I thought this was strange.
The ending was a little farfetched, but you must remember this is a children's book. This book was just an introduction to the characters and the story, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.