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.
This report 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.
This report prepared by Ivy