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: How it Works: The Wife
Authors: Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
Publisher: Ladybird Books
Genre: Picture Books
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 Stars
Who is a wife? What are her responsibilities? What is she supposed to do and not supposed to do? Is there a manual at all to all of this so wives can lead easier lives? The spoof on The Wife is here – from Ladybird again in the series of Ladybird Books for Grownups and once again it hits right on the spot and makes me a happy man.
This time as you must have guessed, it is about the wife – who is she and what is she all about. It is highly tongue-in-cheek and works very well given the entire patriarchal centricity of our society. Ladybird books for grownups is about our learning (mockingly) or more unlearning the age old stereotypes created for us and how we can actually break free.
“The Wife” is what the typical wife should be and it makes fun of all of those models. I loved this book the most. I thought it was the book on dating, but this one beats it hands down.
Title: The Ladybird Book of the Hangover
Author: Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Genre: Picture Book
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 Stars
Ladybird books have done it again! I remember talking about their book on dating and this time I finished the book on the hangover. Once again it is in your face, cheeky and downright hilarious. It is also about the Hangover – your very own fifty-six page guide on what causes a hangover and how to get rid of it.
“The Ladybird Book of the Hangover” is in the same vein of the other Ladybird books for Grown-Ups. I know the books are short and may not even count as books in the proper sense of the word, but they are and they are a riot. Each of them that I have read till now.
The book on the hangover is about coping in the real world and more so with alcohol. My favourite page is of the cat – it made me snigger and laugh out loud so very much. It is a quick read and will not take too much of your time.
“The Ladybird book of the Hangover” is a contemporary farce of a read for our times – that cannot do without alcohol and there isn’t anything known as enough alcohol. Take a tip or two about hangovers from this one.
Title: The Dot and the Line
Author: Norton Juster
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: Fiction, Children, Mathematics,
Source: Borrowed Copy
There are books that warm the soul. There are books that you know will have that effect on you. “The Dot and the Line” by Norton Juster is one such book. A friend recommended it to me and I borrowed her copy and could not stop gushing about it. It is a book that will make you chuckle, will make you want to cheer for the line and will make you want to go to your loved one and say, “I Love You” over and over again. When such books come along, you just read them and reread them and reread some more.
“The Dot and the Line” as the title suggests is about a dot and a line. It is about a line who loves a dot who loves a squiggle and does not think much of the line. The line tries hard but fails and that’s when he decides to change and something unexpected comes out of it.
The illustrations and the story per se are just superb. It is a book for all ages as well and not just limited to children. I think it is more for adults than anything else. There are mathematical expressions throughout the book which is so much fun to glance, infer and understand. The puns are hilarious and more than anything else the illustrations fit straight right in with the story. I don’t even know if I can place it any single genre as it deserves to be a part of so many.
I am grateful to my friend for introducing me to this book. It is magical, wondrous and full of life and vitality. “The Dot and the Line” is the kind of book you must read with your better-half or loved one for the impact to be doubled.