Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

by Lemony Snicket, Mark Tucker, Daniel Handler
     
 

Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting

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Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting to safety.'

For all of life's ups and downs, its celebrations and its sorrows, here is a book to commemorate it all – especially for those not fully soothed by chicken soup. Witty and irreverent, Horseradish is a book with universal appeal, a delightful vehicle to introduce Snicket's uproariously unhappy observations to a crowd not yet familiar with the Baudelaires' misadventures.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Woodruff
"Life is a turbulent journey, fraught with confusion, heartbreak, and inconvenience. This book will not help." So begins, in typical Snicket fashion, this little book of pithy reflections designed to simultaneously entertain, amuse, and depress thoughtful readers. The first and longest of the entries is a five-page short story about a woman who leaves her horseradish patch, makes an unsuccessful journey to find the meaning of life, and returns to find her husband, with her mother's blessing, marrying her former schoolteacher. The following entries are brief, usually single-sentence thoughts, divided into thirteen sections, including home, family, work, affairs of the heart, and "an overall feeling of doom that one cannot ever escape no matter what one does." At the bottom of each page is a black-and-white profile of a man (Lemony?), at first walking, and at the end, running madly, a visual symbol of the Horseradish message about life's futility and failure. This book might be enjoyed by sophisticated teen readers who have enjoyed the "unfortunate events" series and are well acquainted with pseudonymous Daniel Handler's style. This offering is a quick and easy read that people will either love or hate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061240065
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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