Yes, yet again I read the book after the movie came out, but at least I haven’t seen the movie. In any case, I think everyone knows by now that Lemony Snicket is a pseudonym for Daniel Handler, and these were his first children’s books.

In the first book (The Bad Beginning), the Baudelaire children become orphans (ones with a trust fund they cannot touch) and are put into the care of a relative named Count Olaf. He’s after their money, and isn’t exactly a model of child-raising behavior.

In the second book (The Reptile Room), the children are put into the care of another relative, a Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, who is a herpetologist. (Hence the title of the book.) Unfortunately, Count Olaf returns, with another plot to get the money. (more…)