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Sunday, October 23, 2005

The first of many. The three Baudelaire siblings – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – have all sorts of awful things happen to them, but have each other (most of the time) to help survive and find things to enjoy in life. Pessimistic in such a way that it's funny. Wonderful interjections by the author including definitions of words without condescension and warnings of the sadness to come. It is blatantly, bluntly honest – which is refreshing and enjoyable. Because it doesn't have a happy ending, it seems more realistic than many books (although it also seems too sad to be actually real, it is more like life than most happy-go-lucky books).

Title:The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Date published:1999
Genre: Children's Lit
Series: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, #1
Number of pages: 162 pages

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