The Wide Window

The Wide Window

Book - 2000
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2000
Description: 214 p. : ill
ISBN: 9780064407687
0064407683
9780060283148
0060283149
Branch Call Number: j Snic
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett

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MadelineB30
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.

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darladoodles
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.

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papia
Jul 27, 2016

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

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rojon
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.

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thelittleguy5
Mar 15, 2016

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

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Sohama
Aug 24, 2015

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

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sarahni
Nov 27, 2014

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

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

Good book

hania4987 May 05, 2014

"For some stories, it's easy. The moral of 'The Three Bears,' for instance, is "Never break into someone else's house.' The moral of 'Snow White' is 'Never eat apples.' The moral of World War I is 'Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.”

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LaPhenixa
Nov 21, 2013

Book two in this series left me with high expectation that this book did not fulfill. While it was a fun, fast read, I missed much of the humor that I'd enjoyed in the previous books. I appreciated the lesson in this book and the characters were fun but on the whole, I felt let down. That said, I start the fourth book soon and expect great things.

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maroon_owl_109
May 08, 2017

maroon_owl_109 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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dvtucker
Jul 15, 2015

dvtucker thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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etmonuteaux
Apr 01, 2014

etmonuteaux thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

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White_Horse_36
Jan 03, 2013

White_Horse_36 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

angiem99 Nov 04, 2012

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Jun 01, 2012

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phantasos
Mar 19, 2012

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vchuynh
Jul 03, 2011

vchuynh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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melteh
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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vchuynh
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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