Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The bad beginning

The bad beginning / Snicket, Lemony

This book is the first in a series of books about three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. When they are orphaned by a terrible fire, they are sent to live with Count Olaf. Count Olaf wants to steal their inheritance so a whole series of unfortunate events begin……I absolutely love this series as it is witty, well written, and very engaging. I rate it 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The vile village

The vile village / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 3 stars because it tells that the Baudelaire orphans are going to live in a village full of crows. The village are the people of a council. They have 12,833 rules which the orphans have to follow or they will be burned at the stake. In exchange for food and housing, they had to do chores for the whole village like trimming the bushes, make the beds, wash the dishes, clean the fowl fountain and make ice cream Hector has secret barn in which he has books and inventing materials because it was against the rules to use and build mechanical devices and to read books but one day, the orphans got good news, Count Olaf has been captured. #12,833 was that no villains were allowed in the village so they decided to burn him at the stake but the orphans figure out that he is not Count Olaf He is Jacques. But when Jacques is killed then they hire an out-of-town detective to solve the mystery. He said that the orphans killed him so he puts the orphans in jail so that they must be burned at the stake .When the orphans read the short poem together, they realized that Count Olaf is holding the Quagmire triplets inside the village water fountain. The orphans escape from the jail to the fountain and broke it and rescued their friends. Then the whole citizens started marching towards the kids to burn them at stake but the Quagmire children escaped but in Hector’s hot air balloon but the orphans are not so lucky. Then the orphans went from the village with great sadness in their heart

3 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The miserable mill

The miserable mill / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 4 stars because it tells that the Orphans are going to live with a new guardian at a mill. The man treats the kids very badly by making them do the work in the mill and by only giving them Gum for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One time Klaus is acting strange that Violet and Sunny do not understand. He acts like if he is forgetting things but they find out that he is hypnotized. Klaus’s glasses keep getting broken so they go to the eye doctor but now the three orphans are trapped by the receptionist Shirley. The orphans then try to prove to the guardian that he is Count Olaf but he ignores them. Klaus is always being hypnotized so Violet and Sunny try to figure out who is hypnotizing Klaus. He is Dr. Orwell. Then Mr. Poe comes to solve the matter and the Orphans Proved to Mr. Poe that Shirley is Count Olaf and their guardian is Count Olaf’s assistant. Mr. Poe calls the police to arrest them but they escape again. Now they are going to be boarding school.

4 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Emelie: The unadoptables

The unadoptables / Tooke, Hana

I thought it was a very good book, it carried a good message about how it doesn’t matter who you are
It was about 5 children: Egbert, Milou, Fenna, Lotta and Sem, they were the first and only orphans to break the rules of abandonment. The matron: Elinora gassbeek calls them, the unadoptables!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Emelie from Miramar and Worser Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The wide window

The wide window / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells that the three Baudelaires are going to live with Aunt Josephine. She lives in a house on a hill. She had a daughter who drowned in a lake. She is afraid of hurricane. She is a nice woman who takes care of them but when she meets a man called Captain Sham. She thought that he is a nice person but the orphans try to prove that he is Count Olaf but she ignores the orphans. One day she went somewhere and she leaves a note saying that Captain Sham will be taking care of the orphans. At lunch time, Mr. Poe, Captain Sham and the orphans go to a restaurant. Violet remembers that Mr. Poe gave a bag of peppermints so violet decides to take three out and she gives one to each of them and they get hives and a swollen tongue and when they get home, it is the perfect chance for them to find the place where Aunt Josephine is hidden. The place was Curdled cave. Then they set off to find her, they arrive to Captain Sham’s dock and steal one of his boats and then set off on to find Curdled Cave in a hurricane that is dangerous. At night, they reach their location and went inside to find her and they did. When they find her, she is delighted to see them again. Then they set off on the boat to get back home but a swarm of leeches attacked the boat and Captain Sham rescued them. Captain Sham also threw Aunt Josephine into the lake but at the shore was Mr. Poe with another man. To prove that Captain Sham is count Olaf, in secret Sunny crawled to Captain Sham’s left leg and bit the peg leg with her teeth so hard that the peg snapped in half and they all saw his tattoo on the left ankle. Mr. Poe again decided to call the police to arrest him but he managed to escape again. Now they were going to be sent to another guardian.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Nardous: The bad beginning

The bad beginning / Snicket, Lemony

I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It went past my high standards in books especially when they found out that count Olaf had pretended to be related to them to steal their fortune. My favourite character has to be violet because of how much she loves her siblings, she was willing to marry count Olaf (a man 40 years older than her) to save sunny that a pretty heroic thing to do. This series is very underrated and I hope one day it gets the recognition it deserves.

5 stars

Reviewed by Nardous from Brooklyn and South Wellington Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The reptile room

The reptile room / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells that the three children Klaus, Violet and Sunny are taken by Mr Poe to their new Guardian Montgomery Montgomery. He is a short chubby man who likes to investigate species reptiles like toads, lizards and snakes. The children each are given jobs to help him. Violet is given the job of inventing traps for new snakes, Klaus is told to read books on snakes to help advise uncle Monty and Sunny’s job is to bite ropes into smaller pieces. He has a black snake which he is going to present you to his expedition. One day, while he is away, His assistant Stephanou is coming to take care of the kids. He kills Montgomery but he lies that it’s the Deadly viper that bit him. . They find out that he is count Olaf and he disguised himself as Stephanou by growing a beard, shaving his eyebrow and removing his eye tattoo on his left ankle. The orphans proved it by his evidence in his suitcase and the appearance of the tattoo on his left ankle so Mr Poe decides to call the police to arrest him but he escapes with the doctor Luke font that is the hook-handed man in his team.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The bad beginning

The bad beginning / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 4 stars because it tells about three kids who lived with their parents. The names were Violet, Sunny, Klaus. Violet is the oldest of all and she likes to make inventions. Klaus likes to examine creatures in tide pools and sunny likes to bite on things. But when their parents perish in a fire. They live with an evil man named Count Olaf. He treats the kids very badly and forces them to do all the house chores but at a play, Mr Poe, the bank manager says that Count Olaf has to be arrested because he was an evil man but he and his men’s escape so Mr Poe is going to call the police to find them so the kids live with Mr Poe now. I learnt that you should not trust mean people.

4 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The Unadoptables

The unadoptables / Tooke, Hana

This book is about 5 orphans who arrived at the Little Tulip orphanage in 1880. The evil matron calls the 5 children The Unadoptables. A dishonest man tries to adopt them but they escape. This is a great book and I found it hard to put down. It is about friendship and i think children 8+ would enjoy it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old