Evenin’ all! It’s Mad Martha with you again. Today I bring you a haiku from a book with arguably the best opening page ever. See for yourself:
What a cracker, hey? The book is Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey. I’d not bothered to read any of Blabey’s work before, despite knowing that he was a CBCA shortlisted picture book author/illustrator, and I must admit that this has been a grave oversight on my part. I found this book’s humour scratched that itch we all have for that which is just plain odd.
This particular work follows the trials and tribulations of Noah Dreary, seasoned complainer and recent head-loser. The illustrations are just fantastic – really, this book could retain it’s sense of weird humour even if the words were to be omitted. In all honesty, if that first page hasn’t captured your interest, I don’t know how I’m going to coerce you….but here’s a haiku review anyway!
Heads up, complainers:
Careful what you whinge about
Things could still get worse!
This book will appeal greatly to the kiddies, and to any grown-up who works in any occupation that involves dealing with incessant whingey-ness.
One word of caution though, for the faint of heart – as a younger stone I vividly remember being scared witless by any depiction of headlessness. I particularly recall a television commercial for CCs corn chips that gave me the heebie-jeebies every time it came on (and put me off corn-chips for life). Any illustrated versions of the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow were completely out. If you (or your mini-fleshling!) gets a little freaked out over headless characters, this may not be the book for you.
Oh, and for your viewing (and possibly reminiscing) pleasure, here’s the link to the CC ad of which I speak:
Yep. It still creeps me out.
Oh, and Bruce has asked me to give you another heads up: July’s Fiction in 50 challenge is coming up soon! The theme is Night Terrors and you can find out more about this intriguing concept here.
Adieu my friends,