CBBC Office: CBBC Book Club: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Hi everyone! Chris here. I've just finished reading A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. I've put my description and review in the links below.
I'd love to hear what you think of the book.
Which characters did you like?
Write your thoughts below.
Bad luck follows the Baudelaire orphans around wherever they go in the first of a wonderfully woeful series of books. When Violet, Klaus and their baby sister Sunny lose their home and parents in a terrible fire, they are relocated swiftly to live with their distant relation, the ‘standoffish’ Count Olaf. Forced into doing chores and serving meals for a terrifying acting-troupe of nightmarish individuals, the Baudelaire’s find friendship in an incredibly kind neighbour called Justice Strauss, but even she may not stand in the way of a sinister plot to acquire the Baudelaire family fortune. And Olaf has eyes everywhere…
The author of these stories, the mysterious Lemony Snicket, has spent years gathering the evidence, artefacts and accounts necessary to tell the world the Baudelaire’s tragic tale. In this opening entry of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mr. Snicket paints incredibly vivid pictures of the places and people that Violet, Sunny and Klaus encounter, and speaks to us as though conversing with a friend. His writing style is instantly engaging, as he paints interesting metaphors and silly similes with an incredibly dry sense of humour. He spends most of the time warning you to turn away from the misfortune that awaits. But if anything, it’s daring you to read on!
The Baudelaires are fantastic main characters, and their inventive ways of solving problems and saving the day are always a joy to read, as they often figure out what to do just in the nick of time, leaving you on the edge of your seat as close to the most pivotal moment as possible. The pacing is excellent and flows beautifully (if you’re an avid reader like me, you may even finish it in two long sittings) and leaves enough mysterious hints as to where the story will take them next. After all, the mystery of the fire that took their home from them is still left unsolved by the end, so it only makes sense to keep going. Perhaps I’ll review the second book, ‘The Reptile Room’, here in the CBBC Book Club soon…
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