The Series of Unfortunate Events is a 13 book series about the Baudelaire orphans. At the beginning of the first books the children are informed of a fire that burned down their house and killed their parents. Mr. Poe, the banker in charge the orphans affairs, informs the children of their parents wishes and whisks them off to their new home with their new guardian. Their new guardian, Count Olaf, is involved in every part of their story to the end. He is a villainous man who causes nothing but trouble.
In each book the children are sent to a new guardian with the hopes of living happily. Each time they are sadly mistaken as Count Olaf shows up and ruins everything.
I really enjoy the way the author uses big words, but tell you what they mean directly after. It makes this a good beginners chapter book. It also makes it easier to learn new words and how to use them.
It is also fun to read the way he includes random sections that have nothing to do with what is happening. It’s like he’s taking a break from telling you the story to talk to, or warn, you about what is going to happen next.
One thing I really enjoy about reading these as an adult is the subplot. I don’t know if I noticed as a child, but Lemony Snicket is involved in something big that has to do with the children and is why he’s telling the story. He keeps mentioning little tidbits about other people related to the Baudelaires case.
This was just as good as I though it was going to be. I read these back in elementary or early middle school and I am so glad to be re-reading them now. The writing isn’t what you expect from a middle-grade novel. It is really well written and perfect to read no matter what age you are.
I am however extremely frustrated at the end of reading all of the books, including the unauthorized autobiography. We learn who Beatrice is, but that is the only part the story that makes any sense. We still don’t fully understand the organization or what actually happened. At the end of this I have more questions than answers.