Courtney Crumrin & the Night Things Paperback – 26 Jan 2003
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Courtney Crumrin is a pre-teen outcast with massive amounts of cynicism, loathing for her parents & schoolmates, and a keen interest in black magic- basically, the Anti-Potter. And she makes for a brilliant protaganist, who stands up for our rights to be loners & weirdos, and tears down the artifical, social-climbing crapness of the children's world with extreme prejudice. And, of course, there's the wonderfully designed Night Things, ranging from aloof sentient cats to the Cockney-accented child eating Butterworm. It's a perfect all-ages book, excepting the once-a-chapter use of the phrase "Oh bugger".
But don't let the swearing stop you buying this, coz your kids know worse ones _anyway_. And besides, what anti-social little bugger wouldn't want a protaganist who, in her own words, is "rude, bad-tempered and basically I don't like people"?
Well worth buying.
They were dark, mysterious and, in a strange way, sweet. Yes, there was quite a bit of language but of course, at the age of nine, children find it incredibly grown up and daring and I found it irresistable to read. My favourite characters are Butterworm and Butterbug. And not to mention the terrifying Tommy Rawhead that kept me awake at night for days.
A stunning collection of comics made for the people who want something a bit creepy yet sophisticated.
I loved them.
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If you like the Harry Potter books, you will LOVE these books. I have had them for a few years now and I love to reread them. (Read all I had again last night for instance.)
I have read many books and short stories from Andersen and Grimm to modern writers like DeLint and Rowling. But Naifeh's books stand out to me. He takes pains to un-Disneyfy the world of Faery. There is death in these tales and violence. But any gore or gruesomeness happens off-camera as it does in the best tales of suspense. Check out all of the Courtney Crumrin books --- you will definitely not regret it!
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