Miranda Glenn from St. John Vianney Parish School
Why I think The Bad Beginning Won the 2003 Nēnē Award
Our school librarian, Mrs. Jeremiah, read us the book, The Bad Beginning. I had already had the pleasure of reading Mr. Snicket’s entire series, and found hearing it again even more enjoyable for a number of reasons.
The Bad Beginning is unusual, but that gets you addicted. Lemony Snicket blends humor with sophisticated vocabulary for an end result that leaves you wanting more. Taking something extremely unfortunate and twisting it into something funny is not easy to do.
A story about how three children have everything they want and suddenly have it all taken away is not necessarily a book that you think people would enjoy, unless that person really enjoys sadness and depression. Mr. Snicket drew my attention when he asked people not to read The Bad Beginning. He has a style all his own, as strange as that style may be, and that is another reason I think this book won the 2003 Nēnē Award.
Mr. Snicket creates characters that you care about. you feel sad when the intelligent Klaus is struck by the sinister count Olaf, happy when Violet, the inventor of the family, creates an invention and makes it work, and you can’t help laughing at baby Sunny’s dialogue. I also found myself clapping and cheering, but not exceedingly loud, when Count Olaf had his plans foiled and near tears when he escapes the imprisonment that he deserves.
I am usually not emotional when I read a book, but this book really affects you. I agree that The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket truly deserves the 2003 Nēnē Award. [continues]
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