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Storyless Bogey Humour
on 6 May 2015
My five-year-old son chose this for me to read to him in instalments at bedtime, as he liked the cover. It's proving a big struggle, but not because it is written for 7+ years.
It's from somewhere in the middle of a series, so we're confusedly plonked in the middle of it. Barry is the most "loserkeel" student at his school, which he takes great pride in. I'm not sure what "loserkeelness" is, but it appears to be being such an extreme loser that it actually becomes cool. (Huh?) However, another student, Fay, is proving even better at being "loserkeel" than he is, so it becomes a rivalry between the two.
There are big, cartoonish illustrations on every page, with lots of references to icky bodily stuff (bogeys and so on), and most of the text is devoted to descriptions of bogeys and the like as well, with half-hearted references to the story every so often.
My son laughs a bit at the bogey references, and is fairly unmoved by the rest. Seriously - just because he's a boy, can he not have good children's stories written for him too? I'm getting rather cross with the children's book world.