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Poison for Breakfast

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Philosophy, trickery in quirky meditation on mortality.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Solid Lemony Snicket

Poison for Breakfast is a must read for mature Lemony Snicket fans since this is a philosophical book on all things in life. The different topics are light and entertaining. Writing is a common theme throughout the book and will be appreciated by any writer. The most serious and deep topic covered is death which shines a light on mortality. It is more thought provoking than upsetting and handled in his usual creative way.

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Red herrings, rabbit holes, and shaggy dogs are out in force in Lemony Snicket's meandering exploration of how his seemingly harmless morning meal is out to kill him, and what he can do about it. There are tricks, snares, delusions, and seemingly pointless wanderings, plus meditations on history, art, literature, storytelling, philosophy... When the detective/narrator does his big reveal, some readers will respond with delight, others with outrage, still others with bewilderment (a recurring theme in itself). Meanwhile, stealthily, the author delivers a master class in strategic omission of important facts as a storytelling tool -- and how it can be used to completely hornswoggle the audience.

Book Details

  • Author: Lemony Snicket
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Liveright
  • Publication date: August 31, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 14, 2021

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