The Bad Beginning - A Series of Unfortunate Events 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, are orphaned. From the time their parents die in a house fire to the end of the book their lives are filled with unfortunate events. They are sent to live with an uncle who is interested only in their fortune and treat them like personal slaves.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

As the narrator fully discloses from the start, this is a tragic book. It tells of the lives of the Baudelaire children; at the beginning of the book, they're informed that their parents have perished in a terrible fire, and things just get worse from there. Soon they're being persecuted by their guardian, Count Olaf, who wants the fortune their parents left. And because of the uselessness or basic badness of just about everyone they meet, the three Baudelaire children - Violet, Klaus, and baby Sunny - have only each other to depend upon. What luck, then, that they each have a special talent, be it inventing, reading, or very sharp teeth. This is the beginning of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and it is a funny, playful book with an appealing and pedantic narrator and a wonderfully Victorian tone.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Uncle Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   rude people

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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