The Bad Beginning (Hardcover)

By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
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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 first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.

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. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Ages 10+

About the Author

LEMONY SNICKET is a broken man, wracked with misery and despair as a result of writing the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 39 languages. He is known to communicate through his dashing emissary, Daniel Handler, whose most recent novel, "Why We Broke Up", was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and received starred reviews from six major publications. Visit him at

SETH has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author and artist, whose works include "Palookaville, Clyde Fans", and "The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists".

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780064407663
ISBN-10: 0064407667
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: August 25th, 1999
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Series of Unfortunate Events