Book Reviews of The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 3)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 3)
The Wide Window - A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 3
Author: Lemony Snicket
ISBN-13: 9780060283148
ISBN-10: 0060283149
Publication Date: 2/29/2000
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bk 3) on + 136 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
The miserable chronicles of the unlucky Baudelaire orphans are fun, quick reads if you bring a tongue-in-cheek sense of black humor to them. Kids seem to instinctively get the joke, but I've seen adults enraged by the books because they take them far too seriously. To them I say, "Relax. No actual children were harmed in the writing of these books."

In this installment, the Baudelaires learn a hard lesson: that adults can not only be clueless, but spineless as well.
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Helpful Score: 7
Some people have said that "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is stupid and boring. These people clearly missed the point of the series.

Admittedly the story line itself doesn't sound all that great: three kids who have a very sad life, and it keeps getting worse.

But the real thrill in the book is how the author weaves this complicated, and tangled mystery throughout, leaving just enough clues to keep you interested. The minute you solve one mystery, three more open up! It is absolutely brilliant! The ones who call this series "boring" clearly missed the complex subtleties in the story.

The main reason I love this series is the author's way with words. Part of the clues he weaves throughout the books involve word usage. He also occasionally breaks the 'rules' of how a book is written. (For example, in one chapter you have to hold the book up to a mirror to see what it says!) There is a surprise that is wholly unique in each and every book.

And though it may seem strange, I found the series encouraging. The reality is, all of our lives are a bit unfortunate (some more than others) and the books' real moral is how people can overcome all obstacles, even the permanent ones, by maintaining their own self-worth.

This is a very sophisticated satirical series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another book in the Lemony Snicket series. If you enjoyed the first two, you will like this one, too.
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Helpful Score: 1
We loved this whole series. Great for the primary-middle school set.
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Helpful Score: 1
these are great books, I highly recommend this book for the young reader.
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Helpful Score: 1
The Wide Window is a great book in the series, filled with mystery, paranoia, and horror. This book is crucial to the plot of the series and also one of the best in it.
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Helpful Score: 1
A wonderful series. Rather dark; I would not suggest it for elementary age children, but would be wonderful for preteen and teenagers. Lead to a lot of family discussion in my house.
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This book is fun. It's kind of like the 'BOXCAR CHILDREN' dropped into the Twilight Zone. It has interesting characters and helps build vocabulary in a unusual way. There is a mystery that builds throughout the series.
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Those poor Baudelaire orphans. After the death of their beloved Uncle Monty, the third installment of Lemony Snicket's tale has Violet, Klaus, and Sunny heading toward the home of yet another new guardian. Left by Mr. Poe at Damocles Dock at the edge of Lake Lachrymose for the taxi that will take them to the home of Josephine Anwhistle, the orphans must once again wonder about what fate holds in store for them. Will the gramatically correct dowager be kind like Uncle Morty, or retched like Count Olaf?

It turns out that Aunt Josephine is a mixture of the two. Although she welcomes them into her home, the woman is so terrified by everything--the stove, glass doorknobs, radiators, and even realtors--that the children are hard pressed to enjoy their dinners of cold cucumber soup and their presents of a baby doll, train set, and rattle. Living high above the Lake that is full of the leeches that devoured Josephine's husband, Ike, the three Baudelaire children have a hard time convincing their Aunt to even leave the house.

On a trip to the market, however, who should appear once again with yet another despicable plan to steal the Baudelaire fortune but Count Olaf--this time in the disguise of Captain Sham, a man with an eye patch and peg leg who has opened a boating company of his own. Josephine, of course, is at once enamored of the dashing Captain, and Mr. Poe, as always, is not convinced by the children's claim that Captain Sham and Count Olaf are one and the same. What follows is another does of typical Baudelaire fair--diabolical plans, a terrible hurricane named Herman, a bizarre restaurant named the Anxious Clown, a boat ride across a leech-filled lake, a rescue at Curdled Cave, and another meet-up with Count Olaf's nasty associates.

THE WIDE WINDOW is another winning story in the tales of the Baudelaire orphans. The story took me about an hour and a half to read, and is suitable for children around ages 9 and up. Again, however, you'll need to base your decision of its suitability based on the maturity of your children, as this book is just as dark as the first two.
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Very good book.My favorite one.third book in the series.
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Adventurous book.
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Very good book!
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I just love this series. The writer has a very funny attitude that shines through in the story.
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3rd book in the series of unfortunate events.
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This was a great third book in the series. I had listened to the previous two on tape as well, which were read by Tim Curry. Tim is a great narrator. The Wide Window, published by Harper Children's Audio, was read by the Author Himself, Lemony Snicket. This was even more fun because you got to hear the children's voices the way the author imagined them!
In this book, the three orphans are sent to live with their "Aunt" Josephine, who is really a cousin's sister in law or something like that. Aunt Josephine lives at the top of a hill that looks over a huge lake that, like everthing in the Series of Unfortunate Events, is quite dreary. Aunt Josephine is afraid of everything, which makes life hard for the children. What makes life even harder is when Count Olaf shows up in disguise again.
I love the series, and I enjoy listening to the books on tape because one of my favorite bands, the Gothic Archies, has composed songs for each book which are played on the tapes. The Author Himself even plays the accordian in the band. This installment has the song "The World is a Very Scary Place."

I recommend the series, but highly recommend the books on tape because of the wonderful voices and the music!
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Another fine story in the Series of Unfortuntate Events.
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this book is good...i liked it because i saw the movie before this and there is alot more in the book than in the movie.
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Those poor Baudelaire orphans. After the death of their beloved Uncle Monty, the third installment of Lemony Snicket's tale has Violet, Klaus, and Sunny heading toward the home of yet another new guardian. Left by Mr. Poe at Damocles Dock at the edge of Lake Lachrymose for the taxi that will take them to the home of Josephine Anwhistle, the orphans must once again wonder about what fate holds in store for them. Will the gramatically correct dowager be kind like Uncle Morty, or retched like Count Olaf?

It turns out that Aunt Josephine is a mixture of the two. Although she welcomes them into her home, the woman is so terrified by everything--the stove, glass doorknobs, radiators, and even realtors--that the children are hard pressed to enjoy their dinners of cold cucumber soup and their presents of a baby doll, train set, and rattle. Living high above the Lake that is full of the leeches that devoured Josephine's husband, Ike, the three Baudelaire children have a hard time convincing their Aunt to even leave the house.

On a trip to the market, however, who should appear once again with yet another despicable plan to steal the Baudelaire fortune but Count Olaf--this time in the disguise of Captain Sham, a man with an eye patch and peg leg who has opened a boating company of his own. Josephine, of course, is at once enamored of the dashing Captain, and Mr. Poe, as always, is not convinced by the children's claim that Captain Sham and Count Olaf are one and the same. What follows is another does of typical Baudelaire fair--diabolical plans, a terrible hurricane named Herman, a bizarre restaurant named the Anxious Clown, a boat ride across a leech-filled lake, a rescue at Curdled Cave, and another meet-up with Count Olaf's nasty associates.

THE WIDE WINDOW is another winning story in the tales of the Baudelaire orphans. The story took me about an hour and a half to read, and is suitable for children around ages 9 and up. Again, however, you'll need to base your decision of its suitability based on the maturity of your children, as this book is just as dark as the first two.
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I will send you another of the Snicket paperback books I have listed as well for 1 credit (2 for 1).
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Awesome book if you have read books 1 and 2 already! I suggest this book for 9-12 year olds.
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Great book. Probably my favorite one so far. Third book in the series.
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Tragic stories in the Series of Unfortunate Events. If you like the series, by all means this is a must.
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Great book, portrayed in the movie. My 7-year-old and I loved it.
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Those poor Baudelaire orphans. After the death of their beloved Uncle Monty, the third installment of Lemony Snicket's tale has Violet, Klaus, and Sunny heading toward the home of yet another new guardian. Left by Mr. Poe at Damocles Dock at the edge of Lake Lachrymose for the taxi that will take them to the home of Josephine Anwhistle, the orphans must once again wonder about what fate holds in store for them. Will the gramatically correct dowager be kind like Uncle Morty, or retched like Count Olaf?

It turns out that Aunt Josephine is a mixture of the two. Although she welcomes them into her home, the woman is so terrified by everything--the stove, glass doorknobs, radiators, and even realtors--that the children are hard pressed to enjoy their dinners of cold cucumber soup and their presents of a baby doll, train set, and rattle. Living high above the Lake that is full of the leeches that devoured Josephine's husband, Ike, the three Baudelaire children have a hard time convincing their Aunt to even leave the house.

On a trip to the market, however, who should appear once again with yet another despicable plan to steal the Baudelaire fortune but Count Olaf--this time in the disguise of Captain Sham, a man with an eye patch and peg leg who has opened a boating company of his own. Josephine, of course, is at once enamored of the dashing Captain, and Mr. Poe, as always, is not convinced by the children's claim that Captain Sham and Count Olaf are one and the same. What follows is another does of typical Baudelaire fair--diabolical plans, a terrible hurricane named Herman, a bizarre restaurant named the Anxious Clown, a boat ride across a leech-filled lake, a rescue at Curdled Cave, and another meet-up with Count Olaf's nasty associates.

THE WIDE WINDOW is another winning story in the tales of the Baudelaire orphans. The story took me about an hour and a half to read, and is suitable for children around ages 9 and up. Again, however, you'll need to base your decision of its suitability based on the maturity of your children, as this book is just as dark as the first two.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Within the pages of this novel, readers will discover one of the books upon which the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is based: The Wide Window. Like the movie, this book tellsan unhappy tale about three very unlucky children, who despite being likeable lead lives that are doomed. From the very beginning of this volume, when the children learn that a storm is gathering over a lake full of leeches, continuing on to the last page of this distressing story, disaster lurks at their heels. Unlike the movie, however, this book should not be consumed in one sitting.

Count Olaf is not only smart, he is also intelligent. A renowned, talented, and handsome actor, he wouldn't be one bit surprised if you were dying to meet him. Fans of Count Olaf should watch out for the name "Count Olaf."

P.S. He is also very good-looking.
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The third in the series. Great fun for kids.
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I loved all of the books in this series. Much much better than the movies.
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My kids loved this book however this one is brand new as it was a gift. They prefer to keep the book that is well worn (I guess its a comfort feeling-like an old blanket) but its a great read for I think 3rd grade and up.
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If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this; Violet, Klaus and Sunny are kindhearted and quick wirtted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and all one you are holding may be the worst of them all.
If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucmber soup, a horrible villain and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this ook will probably fill you with despair.
I will continue to record these tragic tales for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.
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an enjoyable read for younger readers, quite depressing.
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The best student in my 4th grade class didn't smile all year until I gave him this book series. But now he's worried that something good may happen and the story will be ruined.
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The cover is a little different but everything else is just as it says.
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Quite dull, because horrid things keep happening to the children. Ceased to be entertaining 2 books ago.
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The cover pic is not the same on my. My is tan and green book with a pic of a girl holding a baby.
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I will send you another of the paperback Snicket books for 1 credit
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this book is brand new never been read
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This book has a childs name neatly written on the first page where it says "name".