Look at that cute cover! Read the enthusiastic praise by well-known German newspapers and radio stations! Feel my speechless disappointment:
The story...moreLook at that cute cover! Read the enthusiastic praise by well-known German newspapers and radio stations! Feel my speechless disappointment:
The story is supposed to be realistic and yet poetic: Well, yes, the first-person-POV bunny lives in a huge, grey Japanese apartment complex and its Daddy is stuck in an airplane. But Bunny is not supposed to go out and play in the snow until it stops snowing. So the book basically deals with Bunny and Mommy bunny hovering inside that bleak, greyish, dark apartment. They play cards, Bunny makes a forbidden trip to the balcony, Mama cooks and uses the phone. But WHY is it not possible to play in the falling snow in the first place??? This is not Antarctica. It's Tokyo.
The other thing that let me down were the supposedly masterful illustrations. The Bunny family sports red, glowing eyes - colorful dots in a dreary, boring world that presses down on my lungs - colorful dots that turn cutish figures into zombie-like creatures, who get to spend one short moment of happiness in a lonely concrete yard forming little ghosts out of snowy slush.
How poetic, how minimalistic, how artistic! But how enjoyable? Not very much. But that's just my own, unprofessional opinion. (less)
This satirical approach to explaining the principle of shopping and spending money on superfluous things to children - a "picture book" that makes do...moreThis satirical approach to explaining the principle of shopping and spending money on superfluous things to children - a "picture book" that makes do almost without pictures - is so hilarious that I had tears streaming down my face. I consider it a real gem, because I discovered it accidentally in the library.
Here are some treats for you, quotes, loosely translated from the German original cardboard edition:
"When you step out of your door there are a lot of shops waiting for you to enter. The whole world is a shop. [...] Shopping is costly. Therefore your parents give pocket money to you. Please count diligently: How much money have you got? Now compare: How much has your sister got? Your best friend?" [...] More pocket money equals more buying power, which means more work and more secure jobs – even for your parents. If your parents won’t listen to you, speak to grandma and granddad or other relatives!”
“The 10 Golden Rules: 1. Shopping is important. 2. Don’t let anything stop you: Your wishes count. 3. Always take enough money with you. 4. Avoid shops with unfriendly clerks. 5. When you like something: Buy it. 6. If you have doubts: Buy it anyway! 7. Don’t wear used clothes. Buy new ones. 8. Don’t accept self-made presents. 9. Buy things your friends can’t afford. 10. Insist that you are allowed to shop on Sundays*.”
Isn’t it utterly delightful? I thought it was almost as entertaining as some reviews by outraged parents who took the experiment published by a well-known art publisher seriously and bought a copy to enlighten their offspring.
*** 2.5 stars *** Do you see those 2.5 stars? They do not mean I did not like the book. The chunk (or half star) missing to label this a perfectly alr...more*** 2.5 stars *** Do you see those 2.5 stars? They do not mean I did not like the book. The chunk (or half star) missing to label this a perfectly alright and recommendable apocalyptic read got unexpectedly lost during my perusal of “Part 2”.
I really enjoyed the writing, especially Daisy’s genuine voice. Sometimes I even thought that she talked a little like I do – stringing too many words together to clumsily form a noun, for instance. And her complete lack of worry at the beginning of the – far away – bombings and water poisonings in the promising light of a task-free and adult-free (view spoiler)[ - Aunt Penn is stuck in Oslo when the international airports are closed, but manages to give the kids access to her local bank account - (hide spoiler)] almost-holidays with her cousins felt refreshingly realistic for a fifteen-years-old heroine , who has just fallen in love for the first time.
Unlike some other not quite satisfied readers I did not see anything icky or strange in cousins entering a sexual relationship. I have married first cousins among both my relatives and my friends. I rather got a bit anxious because all the talk of rampant sex never ever included any means of contraception. (view spoiler)[Later Daisy explains that her anorexia had put an end to her bleeding. But until then I unconsciously held my breath for an announcement of an undernourished baby to be born out in the woods. (hide spoiler)]
The big obstacle shadowing my path of enjoyment was the following: The believable war time scenario featuring the British military pocketing usable buildings and spreading rumors, terror and chaos in the name of the greater good changed into something rather bizarre with one single telephone call at the end of “Part 1”, which was quickly succeeded by unexplained events happening at lightening speed and an awkwardly dumped blob of passed time that culminated in a knotted bundle of stickily bittersweet soul-mate melodrama. Rating down seemed to be the inevitable consequence. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)