It is not often that I finish a book in one sitting, but A Series of Unfortunate Events, A Bad Beginning, was such a book. This is of course a spoiler free review.
A Series of Unfortunate events follows the story of the three Baudelaire children: Violet, Klaus and Sunny from one unfortunate event to the next. The first book introduces the villainous Count Olaf as he becomes the adoptive father to the three orphans with the sole purpose of retrieving their enormous fortune.
For a children’s book this is certainly a dark story. I am certain I didn’t understand just how unfortunate the three siblings had it when I first read this book. I can’t tell you what I age I was, but I know that I was quite young and naive. Although the book explicitly says that this story is sad and awful I didn’t think it ever occurred to me that this could occur in the real world. Though I did learn that even when situations seem awful there is always a way out and having family can always help. A very important and useful lesson.
I won’t dare to think what would have happened if any of these Baudelaire children did not have each other.
I was of course inspired to re-read this book when I watched the first episode of the new Netflix adaptation of the series. The show appears to be a great adaptation, and I can’t wait to see more Nail Patrick Harris as Count Olaf.
There are many lessons to be learned from A Series of Unfortunate. My favourite being the use and definition of “big” words. So although a child may feel slightly terrified reading this book they are enhancing their vocabulary.
This book is definitely a classic, and I can’t wait to re-read the rest of the series.