sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely
unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.
Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead
lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book
when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing
on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might
say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone,
the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy
clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold
porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these
unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this
book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort
of thing. With all due respect,
If you have seen the movie for this series, as I have, than you pretty much know what to expect going into this book. Re-watching this movie recently with friends made me want to read the books (yes all 13 of them) for the first time. I know that there is more to the story than the movie shows us and I can't wait to read the whole adventure.
As a fan of the movie I had great expectations going into this first book and I was quite satisfied. The Baudelaire children were just as charming as they were onscreen and Count Olaf was just as menacing. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was still excited to see what would happen next. There were differences between the film and the book, but they weren't drastic or bothersome in any way.
If you want to read a series that wont take you very long than this seems to be the one for you. The first book was only 100 pages or so including illustrations.