A Series Of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett
This children’s book spans the entire gamut of creepy in one hundred short pages. The children’s adoptive relative, elderly Count Olaf, takes them into his dusty, dilapidated home whose walls are covered in drawings of watching eyeballs. He provides them with one bed, lists of chores, and harassment by his coven of weird friends. He puts the baby in a birdcage and hangs her out the window of his house’s crumbling tower. Then he tricks the 13-year old into marrying him and goes the extra distance by not forgetting the wedding night.
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells you an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.