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The Bad Beginning

Level 1

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We learn that Lemony Snicket himself is afraid of Count Olaf and his theatre troupe - but somehow he manages to record all the unfortunate events that befall the Baudelaire children. In between, he finds time to explain difficult words to his readers and warn them about their reading matter. Finally, a series that doesn’t feature happy endings for nice kids.


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