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First of all, Count Olaf is not someone who you want to meet in a dark alley on Halloween... But seriously, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning is an amazing book. I love the way the narrator Lemony Snicket, tells the story of three extraordinary orphans who lost their parents in a large fire that destroyed their homes and lives. And from there, it only gets worse.
I picked up this book when I was in the first grade thinking it would be an excellent read but a couple of girls ruined it for me. They scared me with the book cover and played horrible tricks on me. The girls scared me so much, I decided not to read A Series of Unfortunate Events until ninth grade.
Even though the book was an easy read, I loved it. It was full of suspense and sadness (even though it didn't make me cry*). I love the three main characters, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. They are incredible children with intellectual abilities that help them escape Count Olaf's wicked plan. I kinda wish I had the same ability to save my own family if they were ever captured...
Count Olaf is quite the character. Like I said, I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley on Halloween. He is supposed to be tall, dirty and extremely rude and evil. He seems like the person who would be in the dark corner of a bar with a hood over his head, begging you to come closer so he can grab you... Or maybe that's too scary to think about.
Since The Bad Beginning is the first of thirteen books, I can't say that I have actually read the whole series. But I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves sad endings, orphaned children, and a mystery!
* I classify myself as a crier-that-laments-over-sorrowful-books