The Wide Window

The Wide Window

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Baker & Taylor
Catastrophes and misfortune continue to plague the Baudelaire orphans after they're sent to live with fearful Aunt Josephine who offers little protection against Count Olaf's treachery.


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.

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Despite the strange vibes they receive after moving into Aunt Josephine's home, the Baudelaire orphans know they can handle any difficulties that may come their way so long as they stick together.

Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000
ISBN: 9780060283148
Characteristics: 214 ; cm


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Apr 12, 2019

This book follows the further misfortunes of the Baudelaire orphans. Count Olaf is back, posing as a seaman on the shores of Lake Lachrymose, where the children came to meet their newest guardian, Aunt Josephine.

As this is not a happy tale, it only makes sense that their guardian is a person who is petrified by the simplest things—‘petrified’ here means “a big fraidy-cat who thinks everything is going to hurt her.” With cold stews for every meal, and Count Olaf still after the Baudelaire fortune, this story cannot, and does not, end well.

If your morbid interest in the Baudelaires continues despite the lack of happiness and the abundance of misfortune present in their lives, then by all means, pick up this book and read on.

Mar 24, 2018

Good book! I liked Aunt Josephine and it made me kind of annoyed when she fell in love with Captain Sham (Count Olaf). I didn't like what happened to Aunt Josephine (find out!) but I suppose it was part of their misfortune. :( I like this series and it has lots of adventure! I would recommend this to people of all ages! They have to solve many puzzles in this series. I think reading this book is worthwhile for sure. :)

Jul 12, 2017

I enjoyed this book because it was exciting to read. My favourite part was when the orphans where figuring out the note that aunt Josephine had written. I liked this part because it kept me wanting to read more. Overall, I have no negative feedback about this book.

Jan 27, 2017

What I like about these books is the unflappable spirit of the Baudelaire orphans. Even Sunny gets to help out in significant ways as they escape from Count Olaf once again. It is also commendable that these books introduce new vocabulary and terms and explain them in terms that even lower reading levels will understand. I do wish Mr. Poe would get a clue, but then there would not be further unfortunate episodes to enjoy.

Jul 27, 2016

This book was really sad, but I did love to read it

Jun 30, 2016

It is more sad than the previous ones but still a good book. It also had mysteries and action. It had less excitement than the second one though.

Mar 15, 2016

the whole series is good, but this book isn't the best.

Aug 24, 2015

This book is so sad but i still like reading it!

Nov 27, 2014

i love this series! It is a very exciting and sad book.

Jul 11, 2014

Good book

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Jul 15, 2016

"We have no choice"- violette Baudelaire 14 years old

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.

angiem99 Nov 04, 2012

''We have no choice.'' -Violet


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Jul 03, 2011

Violet, Klaus and Sunny start living with their new guardian, Aunt Josephine who is afraid of absolutely everything and is obsessed with grammar. Their living conditions are not ideal, everything they eat is cold because Josephine is afraid of turning on the stove. She is especially afraid with the lake because her husband, Ike was killed by leeches.
Count Olaf appears disguised as a owner of a boat rental shop, Captain Sham, and disguises his tattoo with a fake wooden leg.
Soon after Aunt Josephine appears to jump out of a window and leaves a final note that leaves the children in custody of Captain Sham. However, the note is written with a number of grammatical mistakes, which Klaus decodes and they learn that she went hiding in a cave out on the lake. The children steal a boat from the boat renting place and find Aunt Josephine in the cave.
When they find her, they convince her to go back to shore and help put Count Olaf to justice. She reluctantly agrees and as they are paddling back to shore the leeches come and attack them because Aunt Josephine had recently eaten, which attracts the vicious leeches.
The boat is about to sink when they are saved by Count Olaf's boat. Eventually he pushes Aunt Josephine off the boat into the water where the leeches are. They get to the shore and the children try to convince Mr.Poe that Captain Sham is Count Olaf. Mr.Poe doesn't believe them until Sunny decides to bite the leg of Count Olaf, revealing his real leg and the tattoo. Count Olaf and his assistant then take off. Aunt Josephine is presumed dead.


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