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McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending)

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From the unparalleled Henrik Drescher comes a wickedly funny story about the perils of runaway rivalry (with a happy ending).

McFig lives with his daughter, Rosie, in a lovely little cottage far away from anywhere big and important. One day, McFly and his son, Anton, buy the land next door. At first McFig and McFly hit it off big-time and build McFly a cottage modeled exact
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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May 17, 2013 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Henrik Drescher Fans
“McFig and McFly” is illustrator Henrik Drescher’s latest children’s book and it is certainly one of his most dramatic books ever created since Simon's Book. In this tale, two neighbors named McFig and McFly started competing with each other to see who has the better house. “McFig and McFly” is a wonderful tale about how being too competitive can produce consequences for oneself, but children might be a little disturbed by the scene where a character dies.

Henrik Drescher’s illustrations are cre
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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Feb 13, 2013 Jay Bushara rated it it was amazing
The daredevil writer and illustrator (of Hubert the Pudge, a Vegetarian Tale among other oddities) tells the story of neighboring Scotsmen caught up in a very grown-up (and foretellingly ruinous) game of architecture. The buildings themselves (complete with bungee-jumping platforms and fishbone-and-garbage-can weather vanes) are hypnotic to look at, and their builders, though tragically deluded, come off as otherwise decent and sympathetic: two guys who got carried away. Folktales can feel kind ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I see the subversive "attempt" of this story clearly but I don't have to love the book (even though I am all for subversion!). Definitely enjoyed all the details in the architecture of the two buildings and the folded out over-sized page construction and I don't even mind that the two "geezers" die pretty sadly... but is this really a subversive book -- can a story be subversive when it has a happy ending that is based on the two young people making the tombstones exactly the same size and ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Molly rated it really liked it
McFig and McFly are constantly trying to one up each other. They are trying to build the bigger house while their children look on. The illustrations are fun and a little bit different from the everyday. Ages 5+
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Henrik Drescher was born in Copenhagen and immigrated to the United States in 1967. He began a career in illustration as a young man and has been traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and China, creating massive journals of notes and drawings wherever he went.

His books are held in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum,
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