The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) (Hardcover, 1999, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each …

A dark children's story

3 stars

A dark children's story about three orphans who get farmed out to their evil & conniving relative, who has eyes only for their fortune. The baddies are over-the-top, and the good adults frustratingly disregard the children's inadequate cries for help. Some questionable plot points.