|aThe bad beginning /|cby Lemony Snicket ; illustrations by Brett Helquist.
|aNew York :|bHarperCollins Publishers,|c1999.
|a162 p. :|bill.;|c19 cm.
|aA series of unfortunate events ;|vbk. 1
|aAfter the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.