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Fungus the Bogeyman (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 29 Mar 1990
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About the Author
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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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.
The perfect antidote to our over-sanitised lives.
There are guiding notes about their world and lives, from cradle of filth to shallow grave. These eco-friendly beings positively encourage bodily micro-organisms instead of bombarding them with germicidal chemicals.
The section on bogey anatomy reveals that feeding triplets poses no problems, but the umbelical cord details have been censored out of respect for bogey standards of modesty. It is all done in the best possible taste... as far as it is possible with bogeymen.
Packed with humour that almost oozes off the pages. Thank goodness it doesn't have a scratch and sniff version!
I loved this book (aged 43) and bought a copy for my niece (aged 7) who also loved it.
I am now known as uncle bogeybottom.
Adults and kids should have a great time reading this book, unless they are like the Flanders family in The Simpsons.
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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