What a charmer! Any compendium of poisonous plants (or of anything really) must necessarily be boring. This book aims well and hits its mark. It’s an alphabetical list, not of all poisonous plants, but common & famous ones, the kind that have a story to tell. The corpse flower, the venus flytrap, the hemlock Socrates drank, the oleander that landed a Californian poisoner on death row, the strychnine favored by a 19th-century serial killer, and of course, the most celebrity plants of all, cannabis, poppy & tobacco. The illustrations are delightfully macabre, like those in a book of fairy tales. I can see how this makes such a great pocket hardback. It’s a very engaging, entertaining, and educational reference book.