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Fungus the Bogeyman [Paperback]

Raymond Briggs
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5 April 2012
Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141342692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141342696
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Briggs is known for his innovative ideas. He has won numerous prizes, including the Greenaway and Kurt Maschler, a BAFTA for the film of The Snowman and, most recently, Illustrated Book of the Year for Ethel and Ernest. Raymond lives in Sussex

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I still have my original first edition of Fungus from 1978, a book which was a firm favourite then and remains so to this day. I read Raymond Briggs' book so many times that I can still quote from it ("Nothing is permanent but woe" as seen on a bogey sandwich board; "Fungus inspects his trousers which have been marinading overnight 'mmmm! these really stink!'")and I find the book enduringly funny yet poignant. Fungus is a decent hard-working bogey but asks himself what is is all for? why do bogeymen exist? why do they have to pester and frighten the Drycleaners? (as we who live on the surface are known.) It seems as if no one has the answer, not even his beloved wife Mildew "the ugliest woman in Bogeydom."
Children (and doubtless many adults) will love this brilliantly illustrated book, and all the detail so lovingly described within - it is funny, rude, tender, thoughtful and even moving. I cannot recommend it enough.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story for all ages. 28 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My mother first got this book out of the local library for me when I was about seven or eight, and now at the age of twenty-one, it remains one of my favourite books. I even named my first pet budgie Fungus (well, it was pale green!). "Fungus the Bogeyman" is one of those stories that can be enjoyed by all ages. Some of the in-joking of the narrative may only be understood by the slightly older child, but even the younger ones will love the ick factor of Fungus's life.
The perfect antidote to our over-sanitised lives.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'Repulsive but none the less compulsive'. This classic Raymond Briggs book hasn't got a real storyline. It's more like an comic strip encyclopedia on the life of bogeymen (Fungus) and bogeywomen (wife Mildew) and their bogeychildren (son Mould). The book just charts a day in the life of a bogeyman, who it seems, exists merely to torment us 'Drycleaners'. This clever study of bogeydom revels in all things revolting, slimy, putrid, and lavatorial, and even raises deep questions on the meaning of Bogeydom life.

The book is filled with visual and literary gags, e.g. hidden on Mildrew's bathroom shelf there's 'FemStench' perfume which is real Eau de Toilete (toilet water), plus you finally find out what Great Aunt Ada Doom of Cold Comfort Farm really saw in the woodshed as a child (and yes it was something nasty). This book would be of interest to any kid over 7, boys might go for it at an earlier age than girls - although be warned it's not suitable for sensitive parents. It's also ideal for well read teenagers and young adults, who will appreciate the sophisticated humour more. So if you ever wondered what makes the bogeyman hiding under your bed tick, get this superbly illustrated and funny book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide appeal! 1 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I read this book as a teenager and enjoyed it vastly. I would urge anyone considering buying this book for their children to ignore the 'narrow appeal' review - younger children may not understand all of the humour in this book, but there is certainly no upper age limit, and the suggestion that it wouldn't appeal to girls simply makes me fume at the ears. Anyone with a brain and a sense of humour is likely to find Fungus the Bogeyman quite delightful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story for children of all ages 19 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I remember this fondly from my childhood. Great to show the kids what goes on under the bed or in the cupboard.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fungus rules 16 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
I read this book as a kid and it kept me up for weeks, not just because I was fascinated by the antics of Fungus and his family, but because it was such a magnetic book. The illustrations brought home the disgusting nature of the real life of a Bogeyman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Raymond Brigg's Version At All. 7 Mar 2014
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE BOOK READ BY MARTIN CLUNES.

Amazon link all the versions, book both paper and hard backs, audio abridged and unabridged together so this really confuses things.

But in this case the confusion is all the more for this is NOT a read version of Fungus the Bogeyman rather it is the televised and sanitized version that was on TV and has been released on DVD.

This means that if you are reading this as a review of the original book Fungus the Bogeyman then this review is not relevant.
It should only be read as a review of the audio version.
Clear with me?

Ok
Fungus the Bogeyman was a simply brilliant, ground breaking book that was, lets face it, for adults.
The words, language and jokes were for a very high reading age and many of the words and references simply went over the children's heads.

It was and still is a brilliant book- never bettered.

The DVD release is an altogether difference book.
New characters have been brought in to replace Fungus and he takes a back seat to his two children and the dry-cleaning family (i.e. humans i.e. US) that he comes into contact with.
The adult wording, plot and inferences have been taken over to become a BBC CeeBeebies type standard.
I'm not saying that is a bad thing- far from it the two are completely different.

It's a little like taking Death on the Orient express and bringing Thomas the Tank engine with Clarabelle and Annie in its place. The murder has gone and the Fat controller's sandwiches and pork pies have been stolen instead.

Clunes reads the story well but my goodness I was totally bored by the sanitized story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I know this is a classic, but time does nothing to devalue this. I am in my thirties but still don't feel that poring over the pictures in this book is a waste of my time. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Danimalstitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Bought this for my 8 yo niece after loving it myself as a child. Needless to say we both loved reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Wadey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought this book as a novelty gift for my brother as we grew up with our dad reading it to us. It is full of humour, Great fun, just love it.
Published 5 months ago by FrankiePC
5.0 out of 5 stars A nihilistic masterpiece in the gloom
Briggs is an acknowledged political commentator, widely applauded for his pictorial treatise against the futility of nuclear war in his opus 'When the wind blows'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Weasel powered cheese maker
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as much fun as when I read it to my children.
A brilliant book for boys of all ages (not sure about girls). The inventiveness and detail in Raymond Briggs's drawings never fails to enthrall and leaves you laughing out loud.
Published 11 months ago by Julian Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
book from my childhood, love it even though my kids find it a bit wacky ..it is amazing you just have to love it
Published 11 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by boys of all ages
Bought for my boys when they were young and now being bought again for them as adults and we are all enjoying them all over again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Karena
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite bogeyman
As a child growing up just following the second world war there was often a parental threat that
' the bogeyman will get you !' especially if you had misbehaved. Read more
Published 13 months ago by nanab
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, recipient doesn't!!!
I bought this for my grandson but unfortunately he does not seem interested. I remembered buying one for my son years ago and he loved it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Red Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fungus the Bogeyman
A delightful book for your kids when they're at that stage between being an infant and a teenager. Full of lots of 'nasty' stuff that kids love.
Published 13 months ago by Pam Meakin
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