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The bad beginning  Cover Image Book Book

The bad beginning / by Lemony Snicket ; illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Snicket, Lemony, (author.). Helquist, Brett, (illustrator.).


After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them-tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years. Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe? -- Publisher description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780060283124
  • ISBN: 0060283122
  • ISBN: 9780064407663
  • ISBN: 0064407667
  • ISBN: 9780062206046
  • ISBN: 0062206044
  • ISBN: 9780439227582
  • ISBN: 0439227585
  • ISBN: 9780439206471
  • ISBN: 0439206472
  • ISBN: 9781405266062
  • ISBN: 1405266066
  • Physical Description: 162 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
1010L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 4 41281.
Subject: Orphans > Juvenile fiction.
Siblings > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.

Available copies

  • 79 of 108 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Caruthersville Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Caruthersville Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 108 total copies.
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Caruthersville Public Library JF SNI (Text) 38417100404096 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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