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This review is from: The Man (Red Fox Picture Books) (Paperback)
The Man by Raymond Briggs was one of my favourite books when I was a boy. I think I got to it late but it stuck with me. I liked the menace of being held ransom by what looked like a miniature red-headed, red-faced vagrant, over Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade.
I can't remember much more about it to be honest. It was only recently that I realised what an important story this was for young boys. It's about puberty, isn't it? His scruffy little man is a kind of shameful secret with urges he doesn't understand that will likely get him into trouble. If the hairy pink old chap doesn't get what he wants he becomes aggressive.
The Man is his crescive penis and the story is one about a typical boy who never comes to terms with what strange ugly things happen when he's alone in his bedroom.