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review 2018-10-09 00:09
The Bad Beginning ★☆☆☆☆
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

I have no idea why this book/series is so popular. I can see, sort of, why children may love it. Many of the books I loved as a kid were no better, and this has brave, clever orphans (boy AND girl), a cute baby sister, mean ugly villains, disbelieving adults, and a horrible house. The only thing it’s missing is a dog.


But this just doesn’t seem well-written to me. The characters are just caricatures. There’s nothing especially clever about the setup or the world the characters are placed in. There are none of the clever observations about human nature or winking humor or enjoyably silly word games that made Rowling’s books so appealing. I suppose some might find the little asides (by the way, that word means _______) funny and were obviously meant in jest, but I found them annoying. And the forced marriage device plot involving a 14 year old child, with the adult characters’ innuendos about how pretty she is and about the marriage night, was just plain disturbing, not to mention the implication that marriage, once committed to, even under duress, is a lifetime trap.


Hardcover version, picked up at a church rummage sale. I ought to put it in the library donation box, but I'm honestly considering dropping it in the recycle bin instead. 



I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Thirteen: any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.

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text 2018-10-08 11:50
The Bad Beginning - 80/162pg
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

I am puzzled, which as you probably know, means unable to understand, as to why this book is so popular. 


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review 2018-09-28 19:06
Some Really Bad Luck
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

Its bad enough to be orphaned after a tragic fire but to then be forced to live with a skimming distant.... and I mean distant relative makes it that much worse. For the Baudelaire children, this is the predicament they find themselves in. Will they be able to outsmart and survive their stay with Count Olaf?




  • I am in love with the Protagonist in this novel. Violet is a smart and creative young girl. She has the mind of an engineering mastermind. She can create anything and is not afraid to get dirty. Throughout the novel, she is in a constant state of imagining and wonder of how things work. Her younger brother, Klaus, is a researcher by heart and loves to read the most. He jumps at chances to learn and tries to solve problems through literature and knowledge. Both these characters are strong allies for children to connect with. 


  • Throughout the book, difficult words are used to describe certain situations or emotions the children face. Although this is not unique to use a vocabulary slightly higher than the reader's comprehension at the time the act of defining the words in a vocabulary the reader would understand it is. I appreciated the clarification given along with it embedded in the story. So as not to appear as a vocabulary word. This will help children build a vocabulary and how the word is used correctly. 


  • The book's narration is vivid and clear in the description. The surroundings and characters are depicted in a language children will understand and appreciate. 




  • I was not anticipating the book being so dark. At times I asked myself " what was I reading?"There are instances of child abuse, child bride, death and hints at other mature topics. I think this book would have to be either read with a parent or read by the parent beforehand. 


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review 2018-09-26 01:11
Ghosts Square
The Haunting of Rachel Harroway: The Beg... The Haunting of Rachel Harroway: The Beginning- Book 0 - J.S Donovan

So Rachel and her husband move into a house and the weird things start to happen.  Well, weird once you get past Rachel drawing pictures of people dying in all types of way.  The question is whether or not Rachel is seeing ghosts or is so traveling down the path of maddness that took her mother.


The confusion and worry of Rachel comes across quite well.  The relationship between her and her husband is well drawn.  Her husband does get upset and worried, so he does push back to her lies.


It was a fun read, even if there were a couple strange typos.

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review 2018-09-09 19:49
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat loves his new white shoes and sings his song as he walks down the sidewalk. But does Pete get upset when he steps in strawberries and his shoes turn red? Goodness NO, Pete continues to sing his song as he goes on his way. 


A great read aloud for younger grades. Students can then come up with new colors for Pete's shoes to turn into. This book is also a great book for students to practice retelling. 

Lexile: AD240L

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