Book Report: 'The Bad Beginning' by Lemony Snicket
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Book Report The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Beginning is the first in a series of children's novels written by Lemony Snicket, whose real name is Daniel Handler, and was published in 1999. The book is about the three Baudelaire children, Violet, the oldest at age fourteen, her younger brother Klaus and the baby Sunny all of whom described as intelligent, charming and resourceful and extremely unlucky. The story begins with the children playing on the beach when they are approached by a banker, Mr. Poe, who tells them that both of their parents have been killed in a fire and that they are now orphans.
The children's parents will says that Mr. Poe will manage their estate until Violet becomes of age and that they must live with a relative until that time. Mr. Poe arranges for the three to live in the house of their uncle, Count Olaf, a mean, dirty, disgusting man who has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle, a single eyebrow, who drinks a lot and is bent on collecting the children's great inheritance for his own. Olaf lives next door to Justice Strauss, a kindly judge of the high court who treats the children well, allowing them to use her library.
The children are forced to work for their uncle, slitting wood, cooking, cleaning and he even physically abuses them, hitting Klaus in the face. When they go to Mr. Poe to complain he seems to be uninterested and does now believe their stories. Violet is observant and by nature an inventor. She figures out that their