Last Christmas I spent time with some young friends who turned me on to this outstanding series of mis-adventures involving the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and baby sister Sunny. From one book to another, they’re pursued by the evil Count Olaf and his band of oddball henchmen, intent on getting control of the Baudelaire fortune. Anyone who grew up enjoying Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory and Giant Peach books will get a kick out of these cleverly written and illustrated books. Kids love ‘em and adults will too, with their inventive word play and topical references. Lemony Snicket is the narrator, a fugitive who’s somehow connected to the story and continually comments on events, warning readers of the next inevitable “unfortunate event” that awaits these three. With each book, (and they just keep going strong) the thread of a bigger mystery unfolds. These are like Edward Gorey drawings come to life, which is why I recommend them to anyone open enough to try a book that’s found on the shelf of the children’s section. Soon to be a movie starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law, so there!