Item description for El Ventanal / The Wide Window (Series Of Unfortunate Events) by Brett Helquist Lemony Snicket...
Are things getting better for the Baudelaires? Could they possibly get worse?
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are fortunate to have found a new guardian, Aunt Josephine. Even though she is unusually nervous, she seems nice enough.
And the children are also fortunate to be living so close to a large body of water. It's true that the lake is teeming with ferocious leeches -- but if the children wait one hour after eating, they can go swimming.
It is fortunate, too, that the siblings have such a splendid view of the big dark lake. Never mind the news that Hurricane Herman is racing toward them; Aunt Josephine's house is built sturdily on a cliff.
But above all, the children are lucky that they have a home now where they can rest up. For these are the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, and they will certainly need all their strength when everything that could possibly go wrong, suddenly does.
Outline In The Bad Beginning, things, well, begin badly for the three Baudelaire orphans. And sadly, events only worsen in The Reptile Room. In the third in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, there is still no hope on the horizon for these poor children. Their adventures are exciting and memorable, but, as the author points out, "exciting and memorable like being chased by a werewolf through a field of thorny bushes at midnight with nobody around to help you."
This story begins when the orphans are being escorted by the well-meaning Mr. Poe to yet another distant relative who has agreed to take them in since their parents were killed in a horrible fire. Aunt Josephine, their new guardian, is their second cousin's sister-in-law, and she is afraid of everything. Her house (perched precariously on a cliff above Lake Lachrymose) is freezing because she is afraid of the radiator exploding, she eats cold cucumber soup because she's afraid of the stove, and she doesn't answer the telephone due to potential electrocution dangers. Her greatest joy in life is grammar, however, and when it comes to the proper use of the English language, she is fearless.
But just when she should be the most fearful--when Count Olaf creeps his way back to find the Baudelaire orphans and steal their fortune--she somehow lets her guard down. Once again, it is up to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny to get themselves out of danger. Will they succeed? We haven't the stomach to tell you. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson
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Fun and exciting! Mar 30, 2008
'The Wide Window' is the third book in the Lemony Snicket "Series of Unfortunate Events". The Baudelaire children are put in the care of a distant relation, "Aunt Josephine", who is a grammar freak. Shortly after their arrival, they run into their foe who this time is masquerading as Captain Sham, a renter of sailboats. Aunt Josephine is gone soon, and was forced to leave a note giving the children to Sham. This would be too predictable, but the children know who he is immediately and we are told. Mr. Poe, tho, doesn't believe the children and the excitement is on as the orphans must take one of Captain Sham's sailboats, battle a hurricane, and figure out a rescue device before their boat sinks into the huge lake, full of leeches. Fine reading that entertains and keeps one at the edge of their seat.
How the Children Escaped: The Wide Window Dec 14, 2007
The book I have read is called The Series of Unfortunate Events, The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket. This book is a fantasy.
This story begins with the three Baudelaire children. Klaus, Violet, and Sunny are three of the main characters. One day, the Baudelaire children got into a cab to go to their guardian, their Aunt Josephine, who has many fears. She lives by a lake and her house is high in the air. The Baudelaire's went to the store once with their Aunt Josephine to get some food, and right then and there Violet ran into Count Olaf. For those who don't know Count Olaf is trying to kill the children because of their fortune their parents left behind when they died. No one believed the children though, because Count Olaf was in disguise as Captain Sham. Later on in the story, the Baudelaire's find out that Aunt Josephine has a library, but only full of grammar books. The children wonder why there aren't any books about the lake or anything else. Aunt Josephine told them that her husband had drowned in that lake because of the water leeches in the lake, and she ever wanted to look at another book about the lake again. So one day Aunt Josephine was eating dinner with the children when the phone rang, It was so called "Captain Sham" really Count Olaf. Violet answered the phone since Aunt Josephine was scared to. The next thing you know is the children are in there beds when all of a sudden they hear a big CRASH! It was the wide window in the library! Aunt Josephine had jumped out the window leaving a note though, it said that she had decided to leave the children in the hands of Captain Sham. The letter had many grammar errors though, that was unusual about Aunt Josephine too! The many errors it had left a message for the children saying Curled Cave. This probably meant that she was hiding there. So the children looked up about the Cured Cave, and got on a sailboat to go and get her. The children barely got in the sailboat because of one of Count Olaf's helper, but they managed. They got to Curled Cave, but Aunt Josephine would not leave. He finally left when Klaus said that realtors would come. When they were in the boat they were over the part where the leeches were located. Aunt Josephine was horrified since she had just eaten. Leeches attack people down by food! When they are getting attacked by the leeches Count Olaf comes. And the rest you will have to read to know the ending.
I liked this book very much. It just might be the best book I have ever read. I like this book because of all of its details and actions! It was a very interesting book! Something you will want to read. I think this book is suitable for a 4th , 5th, or a 6th grader.
Awesome reading by Tim Curry Dec 8, 2007
Tim Curry does an excellent job at reading through this book. He is very dramatic, and makes the characters believable. :)
This is my favorite Olaf invention Aug 21, 2007
His appearance in this book is my favorite disguise, although the next one is groan good. The kids go to their Aunt Josephine's house over Lake Lachrymose and is extremely agoraphobic and paranoid of anything bad happening. This one is the first book to truly put a sad set of events in place and make the entire setting feel gloomy. I feel bad at Aunt Jospehine's demise, not because she's nice, but because I hoped she would get better by being around the kids. My favorite moment has to be when the orphans are going to borrow a boat from the harbor and must get around Olaf's associate whose look is ambiguous and it makes the children pause when discussing him.
The Constant Chase Apr 20, 2007
Count Olaf is back and he is definitely ready to attack! Have you ever encountered an evil genius that is obsessed with eyes, has the tattoo of an eye on his ankle, and has only one eyebrow? Have you ever encountered someone that knows your every move? This sounds like a horrible nightmare doesn't it? Well, in the lives of the three Baudelaire children, this would be their living nightmare. The Baudelaire parents died in a fire and Violet (14), Klaus (11), and Sunny (3) have switched from guardian to guardian since then. Their current is their far off aunt, Aunt Josephine. She was of no help when Count Olaf A.K.A. Captain Sham attacks again. She was of no help for the simple fact that Aunt Josephine (sad to say) was afraid of everything!!!...Yes, everything! Stoves, doorknobs, and even retailers, you name it, she was afraid of it. The kids try to rely on her but right in time, she commits suicide.
The rest of the story is about if the letter that Aunt Josephine wrote was something that was real or fake. In her letter she mentions that the kids are to be under the care of Captain Sham. Now, the Baudelaires have to search for the truth behind the mystery of their Aunt Josephine and run away from Captain Sham.
This book is a suspenseful thriller that is mysterious and sad. This book contains a diversity of genres that many teens would love! Drama, mystery, suicide, and the treacherous schemes the villain cooks up full this book. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the exciting novels with shocking ending. I would recommend the first two books before reading this one though.