Poison Diaries

Poison Diaries

by Jane, Colin Stimpson, Colin Stimpson
     
 
This truly gothic tale-a "facsimile" of Weed's journal found at Alnwick Castle, in England-is not only a story of the battle between good and evil, but an educational parable of the curative and lethal properties of plants.

Weed-an orphan boy who apprentices with an evil old apothecary-is both used and abused. His journal is part botanical workbook and part

Overview

This truly gothic tale-a "facsimile" of Weed's journal found at Alnwick Castle, in England-is not only a story of the battle between good and evil, but an educational parable of the curative and lethal properties of plants.

Weed-an orphan boy who apprentices with an evil old apothecary-is both used and abused. His journal is part botanical workbook and part diary of his own relationship with poisonous plants.

Weed discovers that he is one of the few people whom the plants talk to, and they try to persuade him that, with their help, his master can easily be disposed of. Although he refuses at first, after Weed's first love, Marigold, experiments with the poisons and dies, he is pushed over the edge and plots to kill his master with a taste of his own evil medicine.

Each chapter of the story begins with Weed's botanical notes: a plant's appearance and properties, where it is found, how it should be cared for, the most poisonous parts, and how poison is extracted and administered. Accompanied by Weed's sketches of the plants in their natural form, his diary also reveals the "real" personalities of the plants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810993143
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.37(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Jane, Duchess of Northumberland has long researched poison gardens. She is responsible for creating the Poison Garden at Alnwick Gardens in England, which opened in 2004 to worldwide acclaim. The Poison Garden is the culmination of her life's goal to teach children and adults alike the curative and lethal properties of poisonous plants.

Colin Stimpson worked as an animator at Steven Spielberg's Amblimation studio in London and then at Disney Feature Animation in California.

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