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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ominous Omnibus (Books 1-3) [Paperback]

Lemony Snicket , Brett Helquist

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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.

Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book..." 29 Dec 2005
By Erika Sorocco - Published on
THE BAD BEGINNING: BOOK 1 - The three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, never complained about their life. Their parents loved them dearly, and the three children loved them back. They were allowed to attend adult parties given by their parents, read all the books that they wanted, invent whatever scientific item that came into their mind, and spend time walking and playing along the shores of Briny Beach. That is, until the good bankteller, Mr. Poe, comes to speak to them one day, and announces the death of their parents in a tragic accident. The three Baudelaire children, now the three Baudelaire orphans, are immediately swept away from their lives of love and luxury, and tossed into a gloomy old mansion with their "third cousin four times removed, or fourth cousin three times removed," known as Count Olaf. Count Olaf treats the three orphans horribly, forcing them to cook and clean for not only himself, but also for his friends, and soon the orphans are looking for a way to escape from their horrible new life. With no friends left except for Count Olaf's kind neighbor, Justice Strauss, the orphans feel lonely, and know that it's up to them to come up with a fantastic escape plan to leave their treacherous life with Count Olaf behind.

THE REPTILE ROOM: BOOK 2 - Since being forced to live with their crazy, money-hungry uncle, Count Olaf in the last book, THE BAD BEGINNING, the three Baudelaire Orphans, Violet (14), Klaus (12), and Sunny (an infant), are horrified to think about what could happen now, as they are being brought to live with another relative, Uncle Monty. After all, they have been through so much as it is, and deserve only happiness. Luckily, that is what they find with Uncle Monty, as he is giddy, and fun, and treats the three Baudelaire Orphans quite well. He even allows them to assist him in his office, known as THE REPTILE ROOM. Everything is going along great, until a money-hungry relative from the Baudelaire Orphans' past comes back to destroy everything that they have earned, including Uncle Monty.

THE WIDE WINDOW: BOOK 3 - It's hard enough being an orphan, and even harder to be an orphan that is shuffled from home to home every few weeks, due to the evil Count Olaf, a man who spends his days trying to get custody of the three Baudelaire orphans - Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Mr. Poe, the kind, yet clueless bank manager, is on his way to deliver the Baudelaire orphans to their dear Aunt Josephine, who happens to be afraid of everything, phones, the stove, the radiator, pretty much anything that deals with electricity. Yet her home is perched high above the waters of Lake Lachrymose. The one thing Aunt Josephine is unafraid of, is the proper grammar of the English language, which she forces upon the orphans day in and day out. That is, until she meets Count Olaf, who is posing as Captain Sham, and mysteriously disappears, leaving the children to Captain Sham. Now the three orphans must find Aunt Josephine before it is too late, and they are once again forced to live with the evil Count Olaf.

J.K. Rowling brought the "orphan" dilemma back to children's literature, with her HARRY POTTER series, and, since then, numerous children's series revolve around orphans. But many do not reach the enjoyment potential that Lemony Snicket has created with his A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS collection, and the first three books in the series showcase that enjoyment the best. Snicket has created a marvelous series that uses reverse psychology to capture the attention of readers young and old, and follows up by mixing two factors: happiness and ludicrousness together, to complete the series. Accompanied by marvelous illustrations by Brett Helquist, Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS is the perfect stepping-stone for readers who have graduated from Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. A miserable time will be had by all.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Done Reading It, But It's Good! 23 Jun 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
I have just started reading this book, and it is a collection of

the first three books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. I love this book from what I've read. It's got

pages that look like napkins and says to buy the movie instead

so you won't buy this, but buy it! It's really good! The book contains the first three books, in which the movie was inspired

by. Why is it better to buy the book instead of the movie? Because it has some parts that weren't in the movie. The books are about the misery of the Baudeliere orphans: Sunny, Klaus, and Violet. Their misery just gets worse when they have to stay

with their "third cousin removed four times," Count Olaf. He has

the children tortured, and lets them be in his play. But is his

play a trick to get the Baudelaire's fortune? To find out, you

either have to see the movie or read the book. I hope this was

heplful to you. I hope I helped you choose this book over the movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy. 27 Oct 2013
By Leala - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love when books come out in omnibus'. It's three books combined into one. Saves space and time and you already know you have the first three books.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 12TH BOOK! 25 July 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
very good book, though everyone thinks that it is the 12th book! IT IS NOT! the 12th book comes out October 8 (see the preorder tab underneath "book the 12th?!") everyone also thinks that it's called the omnious omnibus b/c kit & the children will get on a bus, but another definition of omnibus is an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of the works of a single author. so NO it is not a bus, it is the collection of books 1-3. did i mention that it is not the 12th book?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't jump to conclusions... 24 Nov 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on
Several reviewers believe this to be the anticipated Book the 12th. However, an "omnibus" can be a collection of writings, as well as an actual bus. Judging by the unusual length of the book and release date(not September,) I'm guessing that this is not the next in the series, but something else. No doubt I'll buy it regardless...
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