I loved the Bad Beginning because it is a mystery. After Violet, Clause and Sunny's parents die the children are sent to live with a relative named Count Olaf. He doesn't want the children, he wants the huge fortune their parents left for them. Will he get the fortune? This is the first book in the series. It is important to read this book first before reading the other twelve. I think this book could be read by ages 8 and up. I give this book 5 stars.