I took a long break from Sedaris after Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, but Amazon had a one-day deal, so I thought, Oh, why not? So glad that I spent some tiI took a long break from Sedaris after Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, but Amazon had a one-day deal, so I thought, Oh, why not? So glad that I spent some time with Sedaris again, as this was laugh out loud funny.
"There was no negotiating, no 'parenting' the way there is now. All these young mothers chauffering their volcanic three-year-olds through the grocery store. The child's name always sounds vaguely presidential, and he or she tends to act accordingly. 'Mommy hears what you're saying about treat,' the woman will say, 'but right now she needs you to let go of her hair and put the chocolate-covered Life Savers back where they came from.' 'No!' scream McKinley or Madison, Kennedy or Lincoln or beet-face baby Reagan. Looking on, I always want to intervene. 'Listen,' I'd like to say, 'I'm not a parent myself, but I think the best solution at this point is to slap that child across the face. It won't stop its crying, but at least now it'll be doing it for a good reason.'"
This is something I witness (some would say I participate in this as well though I don't agree of course) every day, but it's not even the funniest part of this book, just the first thing I highlighted.
"I have a friend whose seven-year-old will only consider [eating] something if it's white. Had I tried that, my parents would have said, 'You're on,' and served me a bowl of paste, followed by joint compound, and maybe if I was good, some semen."
My librarian is on a mission to give me more graphic novels. This came in on hold for me with a bunch of others, but was the first one I cracked open.My librarian is on a mission to give me more graphic novels. This came in on hold for me with a bunch of others, but was the first one I cracked open. Why? Because it looked colorful and cute. It's colorful and cute because it's a book meant for a younger audience, but that's fine with me because I read kids' and young adult all the time. Where I was not okay was there was sometimes too much going on--an explosion of color! Busy pictures showing this space station, or that character's dream, or a whale poo-covered planet, etc. Sometimes a single panel and/or page would show too much and I would miss something important--how did we get from here to there? Oh, I see now that I've checked back and studied the picture more closely. I don't mind that happening once in a while, it happens in text-only novels too, but too many times ruins the flow of the story.
My other main problem with this story...Okay, some background. So whales eat entire planets (and other smaller places) and their poo is toxic and just generally messy, but is also used to fuel everything. Scientists are trying to figure out how to not be reliant on whales because, you know, how they eat everything. Well Violet (our main character) saves the baby whale scientists have kidnapped and her father is saved too when the big mama whale burps him up, so hurray, things are resolved...except for how things aren't. We're still relying on whale poop and they're still eating planets, right? Did I miss some part where that doesn't happen anymore? And I feel really bad for the whales? What is happening?! I hate feeling stupid over...whale poop. In a children's story.
Anyway, when I wasn't confused by the art, I did enjoy and appreciate it, and the book was overall entertaining. ...more