Friday, December 31, 2010
Tiptoe through the tombstones with Bod
Decided differences between GO & TGB: This one - although funny in places and amusing on a regular basis - is less a heady laughfest-of-ideas and more a serious childrens' book with lighter moments. And plotwise, the "Everyman Jack" chapter brings TGB to a thrillingly taught climax where "Saturday" meandered.
Worth reading, story by story, and as a whole? I say, yes. Worth reading by the kid in your life? Absolutely.
Inspired "Bonus Action": This book fired me up to go out and write/draw a young person's story of my own. It's been years since I've waxed so inspired to write a fiction. So, whatever the reading experience, that makes this an super-fine book to me. Iphy, here I come! And I just watched an (as always) fascinating Charlie Rose interview w/Salman Rushdie about his new (children's) book, Luka and the Fire of Life: doubly inspired now to write a new tale of a child (let's try a female for a change, eh, gents?) saving a parent...
The clip. In this case, a significant bit of it, via the Harper Collins home...
MFB in a graveyard,