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on 23 November 2011
Douglas Coupland tries his hand at faux-children's stories in the tradition of Tim Burton's "Oyster Boy", Tom Baker's "Boy Who Kicked Pigs" and Roald Dahl's "The Twits", teaming up with artist Graham Roumieu to give the reader some contemporary and inappropriate fairy tales for the 21st century.
The best ones were set in high school - the weird foreign-exchange student with a grim secret and strange rituals, and the zombie substitute teacher who asks the students to recommend which child to eat. None of the stories though are boring - the GI Joe toy with "issues" when he returns from duty, the Barbie who's crazy, the alcoholic mini-van and the sociopathic juice box.
The stories have the feel of a cross between a Simpsons Hallowe'en Special story and a cutaway sketch from Family Guy, with a hint of Coupland's eye for telling detail thrown in. That is to say the stories are entertaining and, especially in the case of the zombie sub, very funny.
Don't expect a lengthy read though, as in the tradition of children's stories, even fake ones, the text is a paragraph (large font) to a page with plenty of artwork thrown in. Even for a quick half hour read though, it's good fun and definitely worth picking up.