Poison for Breakfast


When Lemony Snicket discovers a note stating he’s taken Poison for Breakfast, he is inspired to retrace his steps. Yet these steps go beyond his usual breakfast fare, to considerations of his life, routines, beliefs and habitat. Thereafter, he contemplates his philosophy, from the best ways to take your eggs, to the best place in a library.

What’s more, we learn how singular shops, such as his tea shop, are best. Then again, he philosophises on clumsiness- it seems a natural consideration when gravel overturns you. Yet taking an impromptu swim? Reinventing his favourite librarian as Emily Dickinson? What’s more, the course of his life and experience offers him the opportunity to consider adventures through literature too. Yet, who wrote the note? Then again, what part of his breakfast is poisoned?

Poison for Breakfast is a personal detection, a philosophising of life and experience. Bookwagon is entranced and provoked by this title. It is the type of book that demands to be read more than once, alongside being gifted, discussed and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Poison for Breakfast

Lemony Snicket, with illustrations by Margaux Kent

(Rock the Boat)

The note discovered by the author is bewildering:- ‘You had Poison for Breakfast’. Thereafter, he considers the breakfasts he eats typically. It seems these comprise:- ‘Tea/ with honey,/ a piece of toast/ with cheese,/ one sliced pear,/ and an egg perfectly prepared’. What’s more, it seems that every morning meal is accompanied by a book. After all, if your mind is on a book- ‘you may see the world of the book around you, even if you are not reading at the time’. 
However, as the author takes in the portent of the handwritten note, he is inspired to travel the route of his meal. Thereafter, we journey alongside, a companion to his thoughts and memories, his literature and philosophy.
Therefore, we visit the teashop, where we learn the author prefers shops that focus upon one time. After this, we learn the story of The Syrup of the Bees as he contemplates the honey that sweetens this drink. Thereafter, we escape the horror of the supermarket, before contemplating  goats in the park, and low hanging pears. What’s more, we interact with a translator and a writer- or do we? Alongside considering the ways that preparation of chicken and egg is similar, we’re warned that scrambled is not advisable in either case.
Therefore, who wrote the message? Furthermore, what does it mean? Lemony Snicket invites us to his philosophy of life, death and literature in this travelogue of memory, words and music. After enjoying recent picture books such as The Bad Mood And The Stick, it seems this fan favourite writer is taking a new route, perfect for older readers. Poison for Breakfast is a mature, intelligent, funny and empathetic journey that we recommend highly.


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