29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

published 2014 by McSweeney’s/McMullens

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Do you know Because of Winn-Dixie? (Have I told you about the time I told Kate DiCamillo I wrote because of Winn-Dixie and obviously meant because of Because of Winn-Dixie but she cackled and my heart soared?)

Anyway. There’s a thing called a Littmus Lozenge. It’s a candy that makes you taste your sorrow and your sad and your sweet, all at once. Maybe it’s the thought of a lozenge sounding like something medicinal, or maybe it’s cause this pharmacy gave me both comfort and the heebie-jeebies, but reading this book felt a little like tasting a Littmus Lozenge. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Something unsettling hovers around this place, but it beckons me, too. And I’m not alone in that: those two myth-collectors/busters are at once intrigued and terrified.

It’s weird and charming and confusing and a head-scratcher all at once.

I think that’s exactly what makes it a successful story for kids. Everything doesn’t have to make sense. Offbeat is okay.

Because let’s face it: kid are weird and charming and confusing. They teeter in that fuzzy place between wonder and reality. This is a book that honors this and celebrates that.  29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Is it suspicious, a lady going in and coming out in the same outfit? No. Not necessarily. But see: you are an adult. You are past your prime of delighting in the bizarre and making sense or screwballs out of it. When you read this, rest in it. Let it catapult you from being a grownup. It’s good for you. And then share it with a kid. They’ll get it. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Physically, I love the compact trim size because it feels like a manual, like a notebook, like some peculiar pamphlet to some oddball prescription in the pharmacy. It’s like a secret. A hush. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa BrownThen! The cover unfolds to show the depths of the Swinster Pharmacy. When you flip it over, there’s a map of the town. Don’t ask me why I didn’t show you that. Just trust me. (If you dare.)29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brownch

P.S. – Another numbered book I loved recently is How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers, by Mordecai Gerstein. A total must read if you love quirk and lists like me.

The publisher provided a review copy of 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy, but thoughts and love are my own.

14 Comments

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    would you mind help me to do this questionnaire: no 7 concept product
    https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/Xm59Qys

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    You must like books just like I like books and love horses!

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Little things and commented:
    This looks like a great book.

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Looks like another great picture book. I love a well put together, well thought out package; quirky, fun with an interesting story and engaging artwork. A+ by the look of it. Nice post.

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Just put it on hold along with HOW TO BICYCLE TO THE MOON AND PLANT SUNFLOWERS! What a title :-) Thanks, Carter!

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on olalavee.

  • Posted March 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Carter! This looks awesome. I grew up behind the counter of my dad’s pharmacy. And the fold-out map, genius! (I’m a sucker for maps.)

  • Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to visit Barnes (sick too long) and I know I’m missing so many that have been on the shelves. First time I heard of this book I was curious. Now—esPEciallly after you comparing it to a Littmus Lozenge—I am VERY curious! I have to check it out. Thanks for another great post, Carter 😀

  • Posted March 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me of my childhood days visiting our local pharmacy(which is where I learned to love vanilla cokes). Me and my best friend would wonder through it, looking at stuff that looked like it’d been there since the ’70’s! Good times. I’m glad you featured this book, I had no idea Lemony Snicket had wrote a PB!

  • Carly
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    “…Let’s face it: kids are weird and charming and confusing.” I loved reading this before heading off to teach my students today – such a pithy reminder of why teaching is such an enthralling job. I love the weird, charming and confusing Lemony Snicket – thank you for the heads-up on this one!

  • Posted March 6, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    For kids?! I think I could use this read myself! Amazing review. (:

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  • Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    That Lemony Snicket! Looks like he’s done it again. I’m on the hunt for this one now. Thanks!

  • Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    love the ilustration:)