This week’s Book Beginning and Friday56 choice is…
Yes!!!!!!!!! It’s my aim to read this series this year, so I am not only reading this first book in the series today, but I am also planning on reading each book and featuring them (when I pick them up to read) during my Friday blog posts!
Why? I received the lovely book The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations by Joe Tracz (pictured above) to review and realised I just had to watch the Netflix TV series, which I am now doing. Would you believe as part of my new health regime I am exercising every day to one episode of this series? (I watched the whole ‘The Exorcist” series last year by doing this. Yes, I exorcised to the exorcist! What a great tongue-twister LOL)
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1)
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
UK READERS: Check out the series here! (New versions!)
MY FIRST THOUGHTS
I am loving it, and really looking forward to getting into this series! The illustrations are fun, and there is something mysterious about an author who is a character in himself. What a wonderful idea!
There is nothing to be found in Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ but misery and despair. You still have time to choose another international best-selling series to read. But if you insist on discovering the unpleasant adventures of the Baudelaire orphans, then proceed with caution…
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 Bad Beginning, the siblings encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune and cold porridge for breakfast.
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.
Despite their wretched contents, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ has sold 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey. And in the future things are poised to get much worse, thanks to the forthcoming Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris. You have been warned.
Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures?
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
And what about All the Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about:
‘Who Could That Be at This Hour?’
‘When Did you Last See Her?’
‘Shouldn’t You Be in School?’
‘Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.
HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
I can’t wait to visit your blogs to find out. Have a great weekend, may your books be with you!
Luv Sassy X
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