Lemony Snicket’s Poison for Breakfast (Double Review)

Sam –

Reading this title towards the end of 2021 was genuinely one of the highlights of my year when it comes to material I had the opportunity to read. I came across this title on Rock the Boat’s website, and contacted them immediately for a copy, and am delighted that they sent me one out to have had the pleasure of reading.

The book begins by telling you how it will conclude, with the death of the character narrating the story, that of author and protagonist Lemony Snicket. The book then goes on to explain how it will get to that point, and some really fun to follow detective work ensues as a young Snicket tries to determine who and what specific part of his breakfast will cause his demise, having received a note under his door telling him he had poison for breakfast.

What I absolutely loved when having the pleasure of reading this title by Lemony Snicket is the reference throughout of other stories and books that come to mind when he sets about unwrapping the literary gift that is this book, so that you are ultimately given snippets and insights into so many other fascinating stories along the way, many of which you want to know more about, and have the opportunity to source after finishing this book – you can do so from listings inside the book that give all the necessary information.

The way that these stories are woven into Poison for Breakfast is testament to how talented a writer Lemony Snicket is, because they are added in in a way that is both discreet in the sense that it isn’t overwhelming content for children to enjoy, and detailed in the way you would encourage you to explore these other books and learn more.

The further and further I got into this book the more I became a massive fan of Lemony Snicket’s style of writing, and his narrative voice. I could hear it as clear as day in my head, and for me the voice was that which features in the A Series of Unfortunate Events film, which stars Jim Carrey amongst others. It is one of my favourite children’s films to watch with my children, and a title in one of the most popular series in my school library.

I would definitely recommend this book to those readers that are confident in their choice of material, but looking for a unique reading experience that stretches book knowledge as much as it does your imagination. I have gone on to tell many people how much I love this book, and it was a book I needed to read, and enjoy, and be able to reflect on, and yet I didn’t know it at the time. Lemony Snicket I salute you, for you have set the bar high with this publication, and I will be excitedly awaiting your next book.

Helen –

I’ll admit I’d never read a book by lemony snicket before, so when I had the chance to read this I jumped at the chance. 

The cover is inviting to read, and of course the title pulls you in.

The first sentence gets straight to the point. I liked how it was told in the first person.

As you read through the book, you find yourself problem solving, you enjoy the wordplay. There are puzzles and codes to enjoy. 

This book was a enjoy to read, and it didn’t take long as its quite a short book.

I will definitely be reading books by this author again. 

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