Who knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from th...moreWho knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from the word go. Although, I was in the awkward situation of not being to able to literally laugh out loud as I was reading this at work, so I had to make do with suppressed snorts and grunts. Suffice it to say, my colleagues had an interesting day at work today.
I thought I was missing a few pages when I turned that last page but turns out there are sequels! Which I shall now promptly proceed to track down.
In the meantime, to sum up the book, I'll just leave this slightly unnerving gif here for you guys :
I've come to realize that I have sort of a "love-meh" relationship with Neil Gaiman's books.
While I absolutely adore his books that are targeted towa...moreI've come to realize that I have sort of a "love-meh" relationship with Neil Gaiman's books.
While I absolutely adore his books that are targeted towards a younger audience (Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Fortunately, the Milk), I somehow cannot bring myself to be more than mildly interested in the others, which are mainly for adults (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Good Omens).
Maybe it's because Gaiman is PHENOMENAL at writing for kids. His words, the imagination behind his stories bring out the kid in you that the jaded experiences of life has buried deep within. It is a pleasure to just open this book and get lost in a time-travel adventure involving pirates, a Stegosaurus, volcano Gods, globs of gooey aliens and confused piranhas, all because someone went out to buy some milk, one day.
I wish Gaiman wrote more books for children. This is SUCH a delight to read. And the accompanying, brilliant, almost Tim Burton-esque illustrations by Skottie Young make it even more so!
(phone rings) BOOKSELLER: Hello? CUSTOMER: Hi there. I have a complaint I’d like to make. BOOKSELLER: I’m sorry to hear that; what seems to...moreSO. MUCH. FUN!
(phone rings) BOOKSELLER: Hello? CUSTOMER: Hi there. I have a complaint I’d like to make. BOOKSELLER: I’m sorry to hear that; what seems to be the problem? CUSTOMER: My daughter’s been having nightmares about The Gruffalo. BOOKSELLER: Right. CUSTOMER: What are you going to do about it? BOOKSELLER: Well, I hasten to add that I have never heard of a child having nightmares about The Gruffalo before. It’s certainly not meant to be a scary book, and I’m sure the person who recommended this book to you didn't intend for this to happen either. When did you buy this book from us? CUSTOMER: We didn't buy it from you. BOOKSELLER: ... Right. CUSTOMER: I’m calling from Canada. I've googled all the bookshops I can find, and I’m calling you up to request that you stop stocking the book immediately. BOOKSELLER: ... Right. (Pause) CUSTOMER: So, are you going to get rid of the copies that you do have? BOOKSELLER: No, I’m afraid we won’t be doing that. CUSTOMER: And why is that? BOOKSELLER: Because this appears to be an isolated incident, and the book is loved by many of our customers. CUSTOMER: Right .... I see. Well. I’ll be splitting my daughter’s counselling bill and sharing it out amongst heartless booksellers like you! BOOKSELLER: Out of interest, how many bookshops have agreed to get rid of the book so far? CUSTOMER: I think you’ll find that that’s besides the point. (Phone goes dead.)