Poison for Breakfast

Poison for Breakfast
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August 31, 2021
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A new stand-alone adventure―appropriate for all ages―by Lemony Snicket, one of the twenty-first century’s most beloved authors.

In the years since this publishing house was founded, we have worked with an array of wondrous authors who have brought illuminating clarity to our bewildering world. Now, instead, we bring you Lemony Snicket.

Over the course of his long and suspicious career, Mr. Snicket has investigated many things, including villainy, treachery, conspiracy, ennui, and various suspicious fires. In this book, he is investigating his own death.

Poison for Breakfast is a different sort of book than others we have published, and from others you may have read. It is different from other books Mr. Snicket has written. It could be said to be a book of philosophy, something almost no one likes, but it is also a mystery, and many people claim to like those. Certainly Mr. Snicket didn’t relish the dreadful task of solving it, but he had no choice. It was put in front of him, right there, on his plate. 18 illustrations

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charming and entertaining read
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POISON FOR BREAKFAST is a quirky and absolutely delightful read. The book begins when the author finds a note stating, "you had poison for breakfast," which, as you can imagine, is quite a bewildering statement. As he searches for the truth of the matter and to learn more about this poison and who left the note, he reflects on life, philosophy, the "discovery" of America, libraries, and colloquialisms.

What I loved: This was an absolutely delightful read. Although the premise may sound intense, as having poison in your breakfast could be a life-or-death matter, the book manages to maintain a comedic tone throughout, with a stream-of-consciousness style narration that works perfectly. There are definitely some reflections that had me nodding and others that gave me a chuckle, but it was a fantastic, diversionary way to spend some time. I particularly enjoyed the lists made in the book, which seemed pointless except for their very humorous nature.

The mystery brought about a lot of nonsense, but it was excellent and highly entertaining nonsense, making the journey very worthwhile. Even poison begins to take on new meanings with different elements revealed. Although philosophy is not something many people actually read (according to the book), this philosophical tone makes for a great and thought-provoking experience. The multitude of topics really kept the reader on their toes, and while it's short enough to be read in one sitting, this would also be a book that you could pick up and put down again, enjoying slowly as a bedtime book or just in little bits of time set aside for reading.

Final verdict: Charming, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining, POISON FOR BREAKFAST is a delightful, diversionary read that is sure to be loved by Lemony Snicket fans.
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