Read The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket Brett Helquist Michael Kupperman Online


Dear Reader,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–witted, 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 this one may be the worst ofDear Reader,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–witted, 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 this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book 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.With all due respect,Lemony SnicketAges 10+...

Title : The Wide Window
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ISBN : 9780061146336
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Wide Window Reviews

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2019-06-12 22:34

    Flying through this series--and the Netflix show! (read a book, watch two episodes, repeat)These books are clever and dark and fun and I'm still REALLY wishing I'd read them as kid! Again, I am enjoying them, but I know I would've loved them much more if I were within the target age range here.With this specific installment, I was way less frustrated with the word-defining aspect, but I'm starting to lose patience with Mr. Poe. I really like that the adult characters like Poe and Aunt Josephine are flawed, I think it's important for kids to know that adults aren't automatically right, they can be selfish and scared and make bad decisions. BUT COME ON POE. He seems to be shifting from well-intentioned but kinda dumb to this patronizing antagonistic character and I'm not sure how I feel about that, BUT WE SHALL SEE.Also, one last thing that I want to briefly note -- a lot of the language describing/referring to the person "that looks neither like a man nor woman" had me cringing, and the villainizing of gender ambiguity could be very hurtful to some readers. I realize this book came out like 17 years ago, but still, just wanted to comment on that.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-06-15 19:17

    *I'm not going to rate this, because I've already read this book & stand by my first rating of it. I know towards the beginning of this series that the books tend to follow a similar story structure, but I love that Lemony Snicket still finds fresh ways of telling the Baudelaire story!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-06-17 20:23

    Mr. Poe is an idiot but it wouldn't work any other way!

  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    2019-06-23 19:36

    It seems sort of insensitive to say this was fun but gee was this fun. I love reading middle grade because it's simply just fun. It always reminds me why I love reading so much RTC

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    2019-05-28 20:37

    *3.5/5 Once again, super enjoyable ride. It is interesting to now be reading these as I'm watching the show. I am not watching episodes until after I have finished the book, but I'm curious if my visual of the characters is changing as I watch the show. Just a thought. I love how in this book, like the last, we get to see the Baudelaires growing into more intelligent and self-reliant people. Obviously they are still very naive in a lot of ways, being so young, but I love the way their relationship with each other develops over time so much within the series as a whole and it is fun to see that from closer to the beginning of the books. Captain Sham is, of course, ridiculous. But I love it. Oh! And I really like the fact that this book starts to show the more angry, bitter side of these kids at times. They have every right to those emotions, and I think their more look-on-the-brightside outlook cracking every now and then is such a nice and realistic touch. Just a little bit of character development I appreciate. Now onto the last reread! I'll continue with the rest later, but I wanted to focus on covering the books that the show would handle for now.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-06-15 22:22

    By the third book of Snicket's series the formula is fully established and it is exercised here in full. Mr Poe dumps the kids on another kookie relative, Count Olaaf turns up in disguise and they recognize him instantly. No adult will believe them. Olaaf nearly gets his hands on the children. Through use of their singular defining skills the children thwart Olaaf and the henchman selected to back him up this book. Mr Poe lets Olaaf escape.It's still well done, but this one worked less well for my daughter. The relative's obsession with grammar is dry stuff and the subtle grammatical clues the children solve are hard to convey in an audiobook (which is what she's getting when I read to her) - it's/its and their/there ... sound the same.The cartoonish quality grows slightly in this book. The boat-eating Lachrymose Leeches are a step beyond the established levels of strangeness and struck a sour note for me, and Violet's invention seemed a bit lame ... but still, as a whole the book was amusing and interesting and kept Celyn happy whilst not being a chore to read.Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes..

  • emma
    2019-06-18 01:40

    I wrote a fairly oversized mini review for The Reptile Room. I do not foresee myself doing that for this one. It’s doesn’t inspire the same emotion.Aunt Josephine is no Uncle Monty, guys. Like, she’s not supposed to be. But still.However. There is still cool stuff to be found in this. It is still Lemony Snicket, after all.The setting is particularly rad, which is impressive because this is one of my favorite worlds in all of literature. I like this lil village (shoutout to the Anxious Clown) and Lake Lachrymose and the harbor a lot.Also, Uncle Monty > Aunt Josephine, but Stephano < Captain Sham. So it almost balances. Almost.This book is not as sad as The Reptile Room (good!), but it is significantly more frustrating (not good). More and more hints at the complexity that is to come, though, sooooo….still 4.25 or 4.5 or whatever. Like it matters. It’ll be on Goodreads as four stars no matter what I say. (And screw you times infinity for that, Goodreads.)Well, would you look at that. I still wrote a lot.Shocker.Bottom line: In, like, my bottom five books of the thirteen that make up my favorite series. SO ARBITRARY. And so good.-------------PRE-REVIEWI'M REREADING THESE BOOKS SO MUCH FASTER THAN I CAN REVIEW THEM.yes, this is coming from the person who has a to-write list thirteen posts long. what of it? it's definitely the fault of these books for being so short and fun and addictive and not my fault for poor time yet again, i shall say I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH, followed by that even more common phrase:review to come

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-06-10 22:36

    Oh how I particularly LOVE THIS ONE. Which is obviously stunning for you because I've only been flailing rabidly over this series all week. Can Lemony Snicket do wrong??? Obviously not.I also have a soft spot for this one because it's particularly bizarre. I mean, like the rest of the books aren't bizarre. But Count Olaf's schemes are just the worst. And I think I could've felt bad for Aunt Josephine's extreme anxiety disorder...but she kept cooking bad meals (unacceptable, food is life) and correcting people's grammar and I actually get why Count Olaf wanted to murder her for that. Being corrected all the time for typos/grammar is VERY ANNOYING. STOP NOW PLEASE.(But I still feel 100% bad for Josephine.)(And please would someone throw Count Olaf off a cliff??)(WHY AM I SO VIOLENT I THOUGHT I WAS A NICE PERSON.) <-- biggest lie I ever told myself tbhAnd I love that Sunny saves the day in this one. Because she's obviously my favourite.HOLD ME I LOVE THIS SERIOUSLY BIZARRE AND MESSED UP AND DARK SERIES.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-06-20 20:23

    Oh my criminy, I am so done with this series! What happens in The Wide Window, the third book in A Series of Unfortunate Events? The EXACT SAME STORY THAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST TWO BOOKS! The Baudelaire orphans are placed with a distant relative, the villainous Count Olaf tries to do away with them and steal their fortune, he predictably fails, escapes, and the kids are relocated to some other hapless relative so the whole damn thing can repeat itself in the next book! I noticed this disappointing pattern in the second book, The Reptile Room, but hoped it was a one-off – nope, this looks to be the template for the entire series! I’ve read the same story for three books now and I can’t takes the formulaic repetition no more! Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket unimaginatively recycles the same dreary guff in yet another jaw-droppingly cheeky and lazy effort. If anything it gets worse as Lemony Snicket’s annoying explanations of complicated words is compounded by a new character called Aunt Josephine who is extremely pedantic about grammar – and she’s as annoying as you’d expect! Once again Olaf is easily discernible through his disguise while the adults fail to take the children seriously AGAIN so we have to wait for the boring plot to catch up with what the reader knows the instant “Captain Sham” appears – to describe it all as tedious at this point is an understatement. The Wide Window is such a thoroughly unfunny and uninteresting reading experience that I’m abandoning the series now rather than suffer through reading the same story for another TEN books! Maybe I’m wrong though – if you’ve made it through the whole series, let me know if it changes tack after this book and improves and I might reconsider – but I recommend reading just the first book and then finding something else instead of continuing with this maddeningly trite title.

  • Vanz
    2019-06-24 02:26

    4.1Ok this series is getting kinda inappropriate for children. I'm not even sure if it's a children's book anymore, since this one has a lot of dark, scary, and sensitive content in it. Nevertheless, it was still a fun and quick read just like the previous books. I really find it funny when Aunt Josephine keeps correcting everyone's grammatical errors. The kids always find a way to get out of their misfortunes, so there's really nothing to worry about them. But still, you can't help but sympathize. I'm enjoying this series so far and I'm off to read the 4th book, which is "The Miserable Mill".

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-06-13 21:12

    Those super unfortunate orphans get stuck with another ineffectual guardian, who can't keep them safe from the dastardly Count Olaf. Looks like they'll have to find their own way out of this tight bind all by themselves, again!Amateur Character Actor and Plotter of Evil Deeds............ Count OlafThe The Wide Window has some colorful characters, wonderful settings and enough action to keep this one entertaining through out. The overly apt naming of people and places gives this a very old-school storybook feel. Snicket keeps up with the whole defining big words thing, which some kids probably get annoyed with, even if they do learn a new word or two. However, the problem is that at only the third in this series of 13 books, the repetitious plot line is beginning to wear thin. I doubt I would've read even this far in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events if it weren't that the man behind that preposterous pseudonym, Daniel Handler, played accordion on my favorite band, The Magnetic Fields fantastic triple cd album 69 Love Songs. I know, it's a stretch, but I loved everything about them at the time and couldn't help myself. Here's a somber song he played on, if you care to listen:

  • Kate (GirlReading)
    2019-06-14 23:17

    3.75* ~ WHY ARE ALL THE ADULTS IN THIS SERIES SO INCOMPETENT?! It's exhausting... (But equally kind of addictive?) Once again this was such a fun read!! Although? I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first two books, simply because it felt a little too similar and repetitive. I'm intrigued to see what the rest of the series has in store. I'm hoping that the storyline will start to differ slightly to the first three, as so far the basic underlying plot has had pretty much the same structure!

  • Kristina Horner
    2019-06-02 02:34

    After watching the first 4 episodes of the new ASOUE series on Netflix, I decided to pause while I re-read books #3-4. I'm so glad I did, because I remembered very little in terms of details past book two, having read these book over a decade ago.I'm happy to see they still hold up and are tons of fun to revisit. And I'm loving the new series, so well done NPH and crew! Such a brilliant and faithful adaptation. My only gripe in this 2017 re-read is the insensitivity around the person in Count Olaf's theatre troupe "that looks neither like a man or a woman". Times change. That's a little cringey, and I'm embarrassed for the series each time it comes up.However. I love these books. Can't wait to read the Miserable Mill next.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-02 23:30

    UPDATE: 19/Jan/2017The review from before is invalid because I like this more than I did before. 30/Nov/2016This book was okay but I think didn't like it as much because it is a children's book. One thing I really don’t like it when the narrator of the book spoils it. He’s telling and story and then says what's going to happen much later in the book and it kind of ruins it.

  • Richard Denney
    2019-06-13 00:33

    4 STARS!!!Aunt Josephine is the definition of a whack job. I think Meryl Streep portrayed her PERFECTLY in the movie and I had fun imagining her as Aunt Josephine in the book. It was awesome. Mr. Poe is still a dumb ass and I'm waiting for Violet or Klaus to pop off at him soon. I want one of them to scream their head off at him just once because he is just UGHHH!!! Count Olaf is such an asshole, I really want the children to turn the tables and come up with plan to exact some Kill Bill revenge on his ass and get rid of him but the series goes onto 13 books so I guess we'll see how it pans out. I have a thing for lakes and fishermen type things because my grandpa was incredibly into fishing and loved lakes immensely so I had a lot of fun reading this one. :)I read the first 3 with the movie in mind and now I'm starting the fourth and it's going to be interesting to see how I imagine everything in my head since it wasn't adapted in the movie. I'll still imagine Violet, Klaus, Sunny, Mr. Poe, and Count Olaf as the actors who portrayed them in the film though because I think they pulled off the characters amazingly and I don't think anyone, not even the Netflix series could top them. Now on to The Miserable Mill!- Richard

  • Sarah
    2019-06-12 19:39

    Not as good as the first two for me. I didn't enjoy this story as much although the storytelling was up to its usual standard. I'm also getting kind of tired of pretty much the same thing happening in each book. I'm sure it's going to keep that format for the foreseeable future but I'm getting kind of bored of what feels like an endless loop to me. It would be nice to see something different so I'm not reading 13 versions of the same book just with different guardians and different morals to each story. The lesson I got from this one was about the difference between rational and irrational fears and also about being grateful for what you do have in your life. Snicket only really grazed the surface though in comparison to the lessons I learned in book 1 & 2 though. I would recommend this series & I would read more by Lemony Snicket. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Alex Farrand
    2019-06-01 22:15

    I really do enjoy these books. I will have to watch the Netflix series again.

  • Coreen(AsThePlotThickens)
    2019-06-07 00:10

    "Violet fell against one of the bedposts and banged her knee. Klaus fell against the cold radiator and banged his foot. And Sunny fell into the pile of tin cans and banged everything."First, the trio had a greedy guardian, followed by a cool herpetologist as an uncle and now they have a grammar obsessed aunty. Geez, I don't whether to be glad that they evaded Count Olaf or pity these children for their misfortunes in life. LolThis series is hilarious and I just can't stop reading it.

  • Irene△⃒⃘
    2019-06-04 23:35

    4/5"In most stories, as you know, the villain would be defeated, there would be a happy ending, and everybody would go home knowing the moral of the story. But in the case of the Baudelaires, everything was wrong."These books are so much fun to read.Every time I'm so curious to see what's going to happen to those children.In this book we are introduced to Aunt Josephine and the Count is always there to try to put his hands on the children. So I'm starting thinking that maybe all the books have the "same"plot more or less. (?)The book is set in a short period of time, so we have a pretty detailed experience. There's a case to solve in this one as well, but I found it less exciting than the previous book.I liked a lot the location though, I simply love the sea etc so it was very pleasant to read a book with a lake and its creatures and everything that goes around it.I don't want to talk about the adults because I'd be very repetivite, they are just terrible lol (in a bad way for the children but in a good way for me as a reader).But where will they go now?!Till the next tragedy!

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-06-21 03:28

    I am just flying through these books! Despite being dark and gloomy, they are so fun and enjoyable to read. And no matter how many times I reread them, I enjoy them just as much if not more each time. I think a big part of the reason for that is that as I get older I can appreciate things about these stories that I didn't when I was younger and I noticed that a lot in this particular book. I found myself actually chuckling out loud at the subtle but clever humour that's woven throughout this story! Snicket has truly written a series that stands the test of time and is as enjoyable when you're a child as when you're an adult!

  • Elaina
    2019-06-26 00:16

    These books are not my favorites or anything, but I think I enjoyed this one the most out of the three I've read :)

  • Andrew
    2019-06-18 22:32

    I guess I will have to take a short break from this series at some point soon - don't get me wrong the stories are fun and well executed but I guess there is a pattern forming here. And yes the title should really be a bit of a giveaway however all the same it does get a bit bleak.You can sort of guess that in each book it would appear that the orphans have found their forever home only for forces to conspire against them (or a certain Count at least) and they are thrown back in to the system and looking for a new home. Now this premise could become boring very quickly however the stories hold your attention through a series of weird and wonderful characters and places and the strange situations they find themselves in. However I must admit I cannot see how this situation can repeat its way through 13 volumes so I am wondering if the next one will hold something new for them - oh no now I have convinced myself to read the next one.Well I guess that is the strength of the series no matter how terrible the situation the story carries on and you just have to see what happens next which is quite impressive considering how dark the story gets (view spoiler)[ (killed by snake venom, eaten by leeches to mention but two)(hide spoiler)] , guess I better go and dig out book 4

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-06-15 02:32

    I didn't like The Wide Window as much as the first two books, but it's still a great story, really worth reading, full of dark fantasy and humor and fantastically gothic imagery.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-06-11 03:26

    These books are super fast reads and take me back to when I read them for the first time. I honestly just love these stories, despite the fact the tone of the narrator is a tad condescending as an older person. That being said, these books are targeted towards a younger audience and I found the definitions of words to be helpful when I was 10 and reading them.

  • Vesra (When She Reads)
    2019-06-03 23:29

    I found myself feeling sorry for these 3 Baudelaire orphans and pretty much caught up with their adventures. This is the 3rd installment of the Unfortunate Event Series, following the unfortunate lives of the 3 Baudelaire orphans, namely Violet (an Inventor), Klaus (the Bookworm) & Sunny (the baby who would bite anything, and I mean anything!) after living with their departed Uncle Monty, killed by Count Olaf, but he escaped in the process of about to put him behind bars. Mr Poe (in my opinion, a useless main caretaker), a family friend who took care for the orphans fortune until Violet came to an age, brought them to live with another family member, name Mrs. Josephine Anwhistle, who lived in a house, in the edge of a hill (literally) above Lake Lachrymose, that is infested with Lachrymose Leeches, who would eat a human if they smellt food on them. Living with Aunt Josephine, who was a total grammar freak and scared of every single thing, that they have to live in a cold house, eating cold food (she's afraid of fire incidents) and the irony of being afraid of Lake Lachrymose, she actually lived on top of it. Yet counting their blessings the Baudelaire orphans, they felt lucky to be in a home with somebody that scared they actually feel secure. Until they came to a market one day and meet the Captain Sham, with a patch on one eye and a peg as one leg. but we all knew who exactly Captain Sham was, of course Aunt Josephine wasn't very keen to believe the children. One day, Aunt Josephine died, death cause, jumping through the window, leaving the three of them to Captain Sham (Count Olaf in disguised), and they knew Mr Poe wasn't very keen to actually believe Captain Sham was Count Olaf in disguise (He simply believed they kids are hallucinating and seeing him everywhere). The orphans tries to figure out a way to escape from the clutches of Count Olaf again when they discovered their aunt was still alive and was in hiding, somewhere. So they tried to get to her and tried to convince her to come back out to the world. If you are looking for a happily ever after kind of ending for your kids, I suggest you look away from this series. But if you want to give a little modern era children facing somewhat real, you should let them read this one and of course, it's not just for children. As before, we have free vocabulary lessons in this book as well. Enjoy.

  • C.W.
    2019-06-19 03:13

    Didn’t like this one as much as the second - the story wasn’t as fun and Count Olaf wasn’t as interesting. It was particularly messed up at times, but Lemony Snicket’s humor remains completely on point. I chuckled quite a bit at this one.

  • amanda;
    2019-06-09 23:29

    The Baudelaire children deserve the world.

  • Jes (RebelReads)
    2019-06-26 02:30

    I still wish I'd read these as a kid. Dark and clever is my thing :)

  • Lauren Young
    2019-06-08 19:18

    These books just keep getting better and better! I absolutely loved it! :)Except for Count Olaf. This man is getting on my nerves! Just leave the Baudelaires alone! xD(Don't know if mentioning Count Olaf would be counted as a spoiler alert but I'll just say it is)

  • Simona Stoica
    2019-06-03 01:10

    Cineva să mă oprească; în ritmul ăsta, le termin săptămâna viitoare.