Dear reader, There is nothing to be found in these special tie-in editions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events but misery and despair. You still have time to pick another bestselling, Emmy-nominated, Netflix-adapted series to read. But if you cannot be dissuaded, read on . . . Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. In The Wide Window the siblings encounter a hurricane, ...
Dear reader, There is nothing to be found in these special tie-in editions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events but misery and despair. You still have time to pick another bestselling, Emmy-nominated, Netflix-adapted series to read. But if you cannot be dissuaded, read on . . . Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. In The Wide Window the siblings encounter a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leaches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain and a doll named Pretty Penny. In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Despite their wretched contents, A Series of Unfortunate Events has sold 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey. And in the future things are poised to get much worse, thanks to the forthcoming Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris. You have been warned. Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures? The Bad Beginning The Reptile Room The Wide Window The Miserable Mill The Austere Academy The Ersatz Elevator The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Carnivorous Carnival The Slippery Slope The Grim Grotto The Penultimate Peril The End And what about All The Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about: `Who Could That Be at This Hour?' `When Did you Last See Her?' `Shouldn't You Be in School?' `Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?' Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else. Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.
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This third book in the Series of Unfortunate Events gives us the amusing Aunt Josephine and her endless phobias, plus a very funny unmasking of the ubiquitous Count Olaf. One invention of Violet's stretces credulity to the limit, and a bit beyond, but otherwise, a worthy addition to the series.
May 9, 2007
Book the 3rd
In The Wide Window, the third installment of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire children are taken to live with a distant relative of theirs who lives in a house precariously hanging over a cliff above a giant black lake. Their relative, named Josephine Anwhistle, or Aunt Josephine, has a strange condition of being constantly afraid of everything, including Lake Lachrymose, which the house presides over. Due to her nonspecific fear, Aunt Josephine lives in a unusual way, such as never using the phone for fear of electricution or never heating food for fear of a fire. Aunt Josephine takes the orphans to get food for the evening, but while there, she meets a man the Baudelaires know all too well. Count Olaf, disguised as a sailor with one leg and an eyepatch. Aunt Josephine is sympathetic to Olaf's leg, seeing as her husband died in such a fashion, and she refuses to believe the orphans when they tell her that Captain Sham is actually Count Olaf. They leave Captain Sham on the docks on after they warn Aunt Josephine that Hurricane Herman is on the way. Later on in the evening, Count Olaf calls and Aunt Josephine works up the courage to answer it. She is threatened by Olaf so that she throws herself out of the large window in her library and into the murky lake far below. The orphans find a message from Aunt Josephine telling them that they are to be given to Captain Sham as their guardian. They go seeCaptain Sham and Mr. Poe, their banker, at the Anxious Clown to discuss legal matters. In order to find more time, the Baudelaires eat the peppermints given to them by Mr. Poe, which gave them a terrible allergic reaction. They go back to the house to find anything that may have led to Aunt Josephine's death. Klaus deciphers Aunt Josephine's message that really tells them that she is at a cave on the other side of Lake Lachrymose. Then the Hurricane hits and the house falls into the lake just as the children leave it. They sneak down to the docks and steal Captain Sham's boat and go to find Aunt Josephine. They sailed across Lake Lachrymose in the middle of a hurricane and found Aunt Josephine cowering in a cave. She was so afraid of Count Olaf that she wouldn't leave the cave, until they told her it was for sale and realtors would be coming around soon, whom Aunt Josephine fears more than anything else. They started to sail back across the lake, but before they could return, they are attacked by the Lachrymose leeches, and the boat begins to sink. Before they are eaten by the leeches though, they are rescued by Count Olaf, who promptly pushes Aunt Josephine into the lake where she is eaten by the leeches. The orphans try to save her, but Olaf sails away. Upon returning to the dock, Mr. Poe is waiting for them. Sunny Baudelaire reveals Olaf for his true identity by biting of his fake peg leg and showing his eye tattoo. Olaf and his henchmen run away again before the orphans can catch them and are once more left alone.
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