Gayle’s Gable

Though the story line of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning may dampen an otherwise bright day, author Snicket’s style of writing is so much fun, the book refuses to let you go. A horrible fire has taken the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Beaudelaire, leaving Violet, Klaus, and Sunny with their new guardian, Count Olaf. One nail-biter follows another as the Beaudelaire children find themselves in the clutches of the evil count who seeks their inheritance and will go to any lengths to dispose of them. Lemony Snicket covertly packs his novel with vocabulary, but the reader is having too much fun to notice they’re actually learning something.