Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Bomb That Followed Me Home by Cevin Soling

The Bomb That Followed Me Home by Cevin Soling
Illustrated By: Steve Kille
Geared Towards: YA-Adults
Published By: Monk Media
Publication Date: November 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9767771-2-0

Let me first start of by saying that when I received the e-mail about this book it was listed as a children's book. It is NOT a children's book. Luckily I realized that before I sat down to read it with my girls. It's hilarious, quirky, and downright bizarre, but it is not for kids. Older kids could probably do okay with it; however, I'd honestly classify it as more of an adult read.

Full of satire and wit, The Bomb That Followed Me Home is a crazy tale about a boy who finds himself being followed home from school by a stray bomb. It isn't a mean bomb, but rather a lonely bomb just looking for a place to call home. Mom says the bomb can't stay because there'd be too much work involved in taking care of it, and she doesn't trust the boy to be that responsible. The father vehemently says 'no', and even attempts to get the Department of Defense or National Guard to take in the stray his son has come to affectionately call "Rusty". In the end there's only one good solution to the question of what to do with little Rusty. I won't tell you what though because I don't want to ruin the end of this short and ridiculously absurd fractured fairytale of sorts.

The picture book style illustrations by Steve Kille are hard for me to describe. There's something about them that makes me think the 70's. Or I even kind of sense a Spy vs. Spy (from MAD magazine and MadTv) vibe going on with the artwork. It's kooky but it totally works and draws you in to this funny but certainly PG story.

NOTE: This is the third book in Soling's "fairly twisted fairy tales" series.

OUR RATING: 3 hearts for adults or 0 for kids

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