Ever been to a dinner with friends and some
other guest has started spouting complete bollocks? But you dont say anything
because its just not polite? Tim Minchin found himself in such a situation a few
years ago. He remained polite. But inside he cracked, and this book is the result.
Minchin has provided the story, which is lovingly introduced by Neil
Gaiman. Who describes the story as a beat poem. Certainly Minchin has delivered it live on
stage on more than one occasion. Its also available on Youtube with animation by
King and Turner, along with several live stage presentations. Also explained is the gensis
of the King-Turner illustrations which add to the beauty of the story/poem/Dr Seuss homage
but with less silliness.
Dont get me wrong, Dr Seuss is a very apt comparison for the
presentation of this tale: the cartoons add to the flow and drama of the text. Apart from
a couple of swear words this could easily be part of the junior curriculum. It might get
more people interested in thinking.
The book, which is only about 80 unnumbered pages, so maybe its a
bit bigger than The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and
Ham, ends with biographies of Minchin, King and Turner plus a few guest
covers of editions that never will be (but thats a nod to the cartoonists
world) and then several absolutely brilliant short reviews on the back cover.
For the intelligent everywhere: buy it and read it to your kids. And
yourself. Because both they and you deserve it, and will treasure it.