Hmmm so I am the Hungry Reader. The one who reads. The one who is constantly reading or wanting to read constantly. This blog is all about the books I have read, the ones that I am reading and gems that I plan to read in the future or whenever it arrives.
Title: Amphigorey Too
Author: Edward Gorey
Publisher: Perigee Books
Genre: Graphic Novels, Literary, Humour
Source: Personal Copy
Amphigorey Too is a wonderfully strange book. It is a collection of 20 tales which have been previously published and this book is an anthology. In fact Edward Gorey’s stories are so short and so many of them that there are four omnibuses to encapsulate all of them.
These 20 tales are dark and completely out of the ordinary. They will take you by surprise and while they seem to be meant for children, they most certainly are not. Gorey’s style is always dark and witty. I guess having a signature way of writing always helps an author in the sense that readers can then associate easily and know what they are in for after reading the first couple of stories or books.
I had not heard of Edward Gorey, till my friend at Book Sense spoke highly of him and I knew I had to read him. My favourite tale in the book is “The Gilded Bat” which is about a prima ballerina and her life between performance, rehearsal and boredom. There are children in these tales who die at the drop of a hat and before you know it even adults are killed and meet their end quite grotesquely sometimes. But you must also read “Amphigorey Too” for the illustrations. They are brilliantly done and in tune with the wry humour.
The stories are sarcastic, dead pan, whimsical, bold, gory and above all also quite emotional if read deeper. Some of it is nonsense. Some of it is not. All I can say is that this is a read for a perfect rainy Sunday.
“Sisters” is a true story of Raina and her sister. It is a graphic form of the true story of Raina and her sister. It also is the companion to the graphic memoir Smile, which I still have to read. Sisters reminded me of the relationship I share with my sister, but we will not go there. I will talk about this graphic memoir which is all about siblings – rivalry and love.
Raina had always wanted a sister and she got one as well and that is when things started to go haywire. Amara is born and she is cute but she is also very cranky and prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t hold on too well over the years, but once a baby brother enters the picture they know they have to stick it out together, as they are sisters for a reason.
I loved the simplicity of this book. It is the kind of book which every person who has a sibling will relate to. It is a fast read for sure given it is in graphic form, but it is also the kind of book that will make you want to reach out a lot more to your siblings.
“Sisters” is the perfect book to be given to a child who is just going through the phase of accepting a sibling and understanding what it means to be one to another. The illustrations are sweet and overwhelming and go perfectly with the story. A book to not miss out on for sure.
Title: The Way Back Home
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Genre: Children’s Books
Reading an Oliver Jeffers book is a treat, for both children and adults. I love them. His stories comfort me. The illustrations make me happy and mostly if any sort of art form can do that, then it is meant for you.
A boy like any other boy finds an airplane and decides to fly. He flies higher and higher and higher till he is space and runs out of fuel. What happens then? He lands on the moon and it is dark and lonely on the moon and he cannot think of a way of getting back home.
In all of this he meets another one who is lost on the moon just like him – it turns out to be a Young Martian. The Martian is apprehensive of the boy initially and so is the boy of the Martian.
The story unfolds as they trust each other and eventually find a way back home.
The book is a children’s book – that’s for sure, but at the same time, it is quite an insight into us when faced with a stranger. It is about our fears and how perhaps as a child it is easier to accept everyone than as an adult.
“The Way Back Home” is a book which will be cherished by all. It is simple and it makes you think about the world we live in which is full of racism, xenophobia, and fear. I write this review while listening to “Imagine” by John Lennon and I hope that the world is different for generations to come. For now, we will read books like these by Oliver Jeffers.