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A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Situation Worsens, Books 4-6

A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Situation Worsens, Books 4-6

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by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)


A Warning from the Publisher:

Imagine you are wearing a bandage that needs to be removed. Are you the sort of person who tears the bandage right off, causing an enormous amount of pain in a short instance? Or do you prefer to spread your pain out over a longer period of time, by slowly unpeeling the bandage



A Warning from the Publisher:

Imagine you are wearing a bandage that needs to be removed. Are you the sort of person who tears the bandage right off, causing an enormous amount of pain in a short instance? Or do you prefer to spread your pain out over a longer period of time, by slowly unpeeling the bandage from your injury?

If you are the first type of person, then this three-book box set might be for you. All of the misery and woe available in three Lemony Snicket volumes—The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, and The Ersatz Elevator—have been joined into one compactly miserable package, so readers foolish enough to read about the Baudelaire orphans can be unnerved in a slightly more economical fashion.

If you are the second type of person, then volumes four through six in A Series of Unfortunate Events might be for you. Even if you unwisely choose to read them at a more leisurely pace, you will encounter such atrocities as poorly paid employees, a hypnotist, an evil scheme, a gym teacher, dripping fungus, another evil scheme, a fake accent, three mysterious consonants, a red herring, and at least one more evil scheme.

Of course, most people would prefer not to be injured at all. We salute these sensible people, who will doubtless not purchase any books by Lemony Snicket, no matter how conveniently bundled.

Editorial Reviews

Attention fans of Lemony Snicket's totally horrible yet completely captivating series: The second boxed set is here! Including the fourth, fifth, and sixth book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, this collection is just a little bit worse than the first set -- and thank heaven for that.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 7.48(h) x 2.81(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Bad Beginning

Chapter One

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I'm sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.

Their misfortune began one day at Briny Beach. The three Baudelaire children lived with their parents in an enormous mansion at the heart of a dirty and busy city, and occasionally their parents gave them permission to take a rickety trolley-the word "rickety," you probably know, here means "unsteady" or "likely to collapse"-alone to the seashore, where they would spend the day as a sort of vacation as long as they were home for dinner. This particular morning it was gray and cloudy, which didn't bother the Baudelaire youngsters one bit. When it was hot and sunny, Briny Beach was crowded with tourists and it was impossible to find a good place to lay one's blanket. On gray and cloudy days, the Baudelaires had the beach to themselves to do what they liked...

The Reptile Room

Chapter One

The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in theworld. It is called Lousy Lane. Lousy Lane runs through fields that are a sickly gray color, in which a handful of scraggly trees produce apples so sour that one only has to look at them to feel ill. Lousy Lane traverses the Grim River, a body of water that is nine-tenths mud and that contains extremely unnerving fish, and it encircles a horseradish factory, so the entire area smells bitter and strong.

I am sorry to tell you that this story begins with the Baudelaire orphans traveling along this most displeasing road, and that from this moment on, the story only gets worse. Of all the people in the world who have miserable lives-and, as I'm sure you know, there are quite a few-the Baudelaire youngsters take the cake, a phrase which here means that more horrible things have happened to them than just about anybody. Their misfortune began with an enormous fire that destroyed their home and killed both their loving parents, which is enough sadness to last anyone a lifetime, but in the case of these three children it was only the bad beginning. After the fire, the siblings were sent to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf, a terrible and greedy man...

The Wide Window

Chapter One

If you didn't know much about the Baudelaire orphans, and you saw them sitting on their suitcases at Damocles Dock, you might think that they were bound for an exciting adventure. After all, the three children had just disembarked from the Fickle Ferry, which had driven them across Lake Lachrymose to live with their Aunt Josephine, and in most cases such a situation would lead to thrillingly good times.

But of course you would be dead wrong. For although Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were about to experience events that would be both exciting and memorable, they would not be exciting and memorable like having your fortune told or going to a rodeo. Their adventure would be exciting and memorable like being chased by a werewolf through a field of thorny bushes at midnight with nobody around to help you. If you are interested in reading a story filled with thrillingly good times, I am sorry to inform you that you are most certainly reading the wrong book, because the Baudelaires experience very few good times over the course of their gloomy and miserable lives. It is a terrible thing, their misfortune, so terrible that I can scarcely bring myself to write about it. So if you do not want to read a story of tragedy and sadness, this is your very last chance to put this book down, because the misery of the Baudelaire orphans begins in the very next paragraph....

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box Set. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Brief Biography

Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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The Situation Worsens : The Miserable Mill, the Austere Academy, & the Ersatz Elevator 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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I have read all the Series of Unfortunate Events and I think they are brillant. I was always in suspenes about what might happen next. I think these books were funny (and unfortunate) to read! I loved these series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are awesome!! If you like books where little children get followed by a horrible person because of their fortune then u should definately read these bookz!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In book four, the children get sent to an old mill where they must work in it. In book 5 the kids get sent to a horrible academy where they befriend to unlikely friends. In book six, the children meet a couple who live high up in an old building where they claim to be rich.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These Books Are Sick!!!!!!!!!! You'll fall in love with them after the fist three chapters. ONLY READ THESE BOOKS IF YOU LIKE HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPENING TO LITTLE KIDS ................. JUST KIDDING!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the Series of Unfortunate Events And I would recomend them to anyone who is interested in sugar bowls. Lemony Snicket has a very unique style of writing guarenteed to captivate all his readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesomest books ever. I am 20 years old and think they are great books. The way the books are written is absolutely brilliant. Just DO NOT let your kids (or yourself)find out the real name of the author, cuz that just takes all the mysteriousness away. hehe Read on, readers!
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today i started the misrable mill it was good but 1-3 are better but i cant wait to start The Asture Academy
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are the best books I have ever read in my life!!! Written in EXCELLENT form! I can't wait for the movie!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy like these books a lot. My friends and i read them all the time.
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I loved The Series of Unfortunate Events because they have a lot of edventure and wickedness. When I first started to read this series I got so attached into the book that I read the whole series. I used to hate reading books until I read the series of unfortunate events. It raised my reading level increasingly at school and now I stay up til 11:00p.m. to 12:00p.m. I even start reading at 6:00p.m. most of the time. I got so mad when I finished the nineth book, it had no ending at all! I came to this site and found out there is a tenth book, now I have to get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here are some wonderful stories simple enough to let your child read or to enjoy your self. These stories are about children who use their own special talents to get out of trouble at least for a time its about siblings working together, using their minds, and trying to remain hopeful even in the face of constant adversity. It also gives some vocabulary lessons with the reader hardly knowing what has happened. I mean come on did you know what 'ersatz' meant before reading the Ersatz Elevator?
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are excellent and use very vivid vocabulary throughout each book. Each book seems to stay just as good or better than the previous book. I read the first book and the fourth book. I enjoyed each book and found them both interesting and enjoysable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is about these orphans that were so sad
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These may actually be the worst books I have read ever, they for one; were extremly boring, they always gave away the plot in the first couple of chapters and never were the characters portrayed as having half a brain. I am sorry Mr. Snickett but I have read a fair amount of your Unfortunate events and I promise you by reading the first couple of chapters in each of your books i can guess your plots and predict any 'suspense' you will try to deal out. These books need heart, suspense and a plot for me to give even a 'hoot' about them. If you want to read these books, just read the back of the books and that should allow you to know the entire book's content.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5th grade teacher started to read the series of the VERY miserable orphans to us.She got through three of them and by then I LOVED the books!!We're starting to think that maybe Mr.Poe is in on Ct.Olaf's evil plans?...I hope not! Can't wait to finish the series(Continue to keep me guessing!) -Briet
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so love these books. I've read all the books so far. I can't wait till the new ones come out. I love the case of the orpans. I cant wait till they have a movie for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE The Series of Unfortunate Events! Lemony Snicket has an amazing gift of leaving readers wanting more! I've read up to book seven in a little over a week! I cant wait to buy the Hostile Hospital, and any more of the books on the Baudelaire's adventures as soon as they come out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Limony Snicket...I bought your first book and I can't get enough of 'it's' I've learn so many vocabulary words because of you. I can't wait to see the movie-which stars JIM CARREY. I hope and pray that you make a wise choice in the 3 orphans and don't don't don't hire 'jennifer aniston' or any other 'sexy' girl to play in the movies because it will suck. I want to read more more more more of your books so keep it coming and good luck!!!!! your fan Katie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love your books and only need to more to have what is out. You keep me guessing at the end of each book so I can not wait till the SLIPPING SLOPE come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ive love these books ive read all of them and im now searching for 10,11,12,13. this is the interesting book iv read in years. i love reading the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old has me searching for the next book of Lemony snicket. He has read All of The Unfortunate Event Series and is dying for the next book. I know my son likes to read, but this series has really captivated him. He's constantly looking to see if there is a series 10,11, etc. It's such a pleasure to see as a parent that my son has taken such a passion to read and to find book that caught his eyes is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the books are so good! i read 1-10 already and can't wait until they have the 11th out!! so interesting and funny!! keep on writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son has never been interested in reading. That is until he got the boxed set of the first 3 books for Christmas, "The Trouble Begins." He has already read the first two and is devouring the third. He now spends all his free time reading.