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most manky review!

First, a very happy birthday to my dad! I only sent his birthday parcel yesterday, so if you're in Seattle, please make him lots of cakes and fuss over him royally in the meantime.

Stuart was on the Internet last night and called me over, in a sudden fit of consternation, to read a one-star review on Amazon of Morris the Mankiest Monster. People are generally very kind to children's books; if they don't like them, they just ignore them. So I was a bit disappointed for a second to lose the five-star ranking. But then I read the review, and it was just SO SCATHING that it made me burst out laughing.

Review: Lucky that I had this book delivered to me first before sending it off again as a present to the grandchildren ie their parents as intended. This way I had the chance to see and vet this 'children's book'. I am sure this book would have ruined our relationship and my reputation. It will not even end up in a charity shop.

Ha ha! Wow, the power to ruin a reputation, I'm impressed. As soon as I read that, I thought, Morris wouldn't care one bit. He's totally repulsive and proud of it. For every nine people who love Morris, there's always one who thinks it should practically be illegal. Too funny.

Hey, remember the recent Morris monster poetry competition? Well, there's another one! Stories on the Web is hosting a 'Create a Comic' competition? It's a subscription website, but if your library is listed here, you can pop into your local branch and ask for a password. (And it lists other ways to join Stories on the Web if your library isn't listed.) You can read a whole bunch of pages from the DFC Library there online, and win copies of DFC Library books Spider Moon, Monkey Nuts, Mo-Bot High and Vern and Lettuce.

If you're already subscribed, just go to Stories from the Web, enter your password and find the competition in the 7-11 section.

Last thing, a huge thanks to comics creator Emma Vieceli for all the hard work she's put into running MCM Expo Comics Village for the last few years! She's stepping down to take part in it purely as a comics creator now, and passing on the baton to the very capable Anna Petterson and Matthew Sheret. Great work, Emma! And hope you get lots done on that big stack of books you're working on! (Talk about major workload, Emma takes the cake.)


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Nov. 4th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Heh heh - in a way that's kind of an excellent review. I love the bit about it ruining his/her relationship and reputation! Any book that can do that is a powerful thing indeed :-D
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Best review yet, I'd say! XD Cheers, Garen!

I was wondering how it could be turned down my so many editors for just being WAY too disgusting, but be charming and delightful to all members of the public who read it. Morris is HORRIBLE.

That said, I did see one or two visitors to the Knitting and Stitching Show grimace and put it back VERY gingerly, as though they didn't want it to rub off on their hands.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
What the reviewer doesn't realise is that the kid(s) this book would have been given to would have thought their grandparent to be the coolest person in the world.... ever! Sod the relationship with the parents - it's all about getting kids to love books!
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
But it would have ruined her reputation for good hygiene! She probably has one of those houses that smell like lemon wax and a special front room just for visitors. With plastic sofa covers and doilies, bless her.
Nov. 6th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Unless you don't like the parents, in which case you need to find a book that makes loud noises and encourages the child to shout 'poo-poo head'. Then you'll be to coolest Granny ever.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
You know, I thought that was pretty awesome. The worst thing any of us wants for our book is a half-hearted shrug! It's also a reminder of how hard it is to target kids when adults get in the way, especially adults who forgot how it feels to be young a looooooong time ago.

Nov. 4th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, pure hatred is much preferable to indifference! :D
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Nov. 4th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's my favourite part, too! ;)
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Nov. 4th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
We live in the gutter, dude.
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
OMG, what a hilarious review!!! XD Nothing would make me buy something more if it's guaranteed to ruin a relationship!!! ♥
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
That's a big claim for a picture book! :D

Great to see you the other day, um... how appropriate for this conversation... in the toilet! XD
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Well, you're in good company with Unforgiven and The Reader as similar things the reviewer hated. Clint Eastwood and Kate Winslett. You've got to be doing something right.
Nov. 5th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Bless! :D
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Did the name of the book and the cover not give a good enough indication of it how utterly manky it was? Clearly tis your fault for being far too subtle!
Nov. 5th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
No one's ever accused me of subtlety before... hurrah!
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
You should get that review and put in on the front of book in a flash label- it will probably help to shift more copies. Silly moo
Nov. 5th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
You are right!
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
My boy is only allowed to read Beatrix Potter. And then only an edited version.
Nov. 5th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
Ha! Yes, Jemima Puddleduck is... pretty *racy*.
Nov. 6th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Nov. 6th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Lots of kids books are too twee now. We need more gross kids books! I loved that stuff as a kid!
Nov. 6th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
And people say art is irrelevant. It can destroy families!

So she missed the cover of the book, with the giant bogey? She thought 'manky' and 'monster' were the good, clean, wholesome sort?

Mind you, I did once buy a children's book for my niece, not realising before I read it that it was a picture book explaining why Granny and Grandad don't come around any more, but they still love you even if it's from a long, long, way away. To be fair, if they'd mentioned death in the synopsis or showed a coffin on the cover I might have got the gist. Now that gift really did have the potential to destroy my relationhip with her grandparents.

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