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Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

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The book is set out into panels and large blocks of text, with Briggs' signature style of illustration.

But Fungus is having an existential crisis “I am, yet what I am who knows … I am the self-consumer of my woes” and this philosophical turn gives the Bogeyman, despite everything, a likeable character. Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs is fantastic and intriguing read for children aged between seven and eleven. The book is also wonderfully illustrated, it helps convey to the reader the life of the bogeyman, his habits, family life, house, garden and social life. Skip forward [mumble mumble] years -- yes, that many -- and I've just found the very same book hiding in a forgotten, dusty stack at my parent's house. I had been wanting to read this for years and finally bought it last year but I was so disappointed in it!The book depicts the mundane details of Bogey life in loving detail, with definitions of Bogey slang and numerous annotations concerning the myths, pets, hobbies, literature, clothing and food of the Bogeys. Kids will delight in the grossness, the often groanworthy but always delightful puns, and the wonderfully detailed art. Hamish Hamilton London 1982 First Edition VG (illus hardcover sl rubbed and worn, sl faded, internally book is clean and bright and all pop ups appear to work! The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman (1984) was a scathing denunciation of the Falklands War.

Raymond Briggs at his very best – Fungus the Bogeyman is a delightfully, lovely story in all its disgustingly noxious glory. It didn't take long for the concept to sink in, and when I paged through the rest of the book, it seemed to be just more "Bogeymen love all things wet, smelly, and dirty" ad nauseum. In it we visit Fungus’s house (complete with all sorts of slimy, yucky bits that are revealed as you lift flaps and pull levers), before he goes out to do his work frightening humans. The topic was inspired after Briggs watched a Panorama documentary on nuclear contingency planning, and the dense format of the page was inspired by a Swiss publisher's miniature version of Father Christmas. It’s great and horrible fun for adults and kids alike – with brilliant illustrations throughout as you’d expect.For a picture book (and even for a short comic book style graphic novel obviously and primarily meant for children), Raymond Briggs' Fungus the Bogeyman is actually in many ways rather sophisticated and involved humour and narrative-wise. He would start his journey and that page was full of paragraphs about the history of every place he passed and the function of every item mentioned.

However, Briggs continued to produce humour for children, in works such as the Unlucky Wally series and The Bear. It tells of how Jessica, a human teenager, finds her way into Bogeydom and meets Fungus and his family.Instead we are left with this dense and contemplative literary work that doesn't talk down to children but rather treats them as intelligent readers and throws in references to the likes of John Milton, Alfred Tennyson, William Oldys, Thomas Carlyle and John Donne. Making things go bump in the night can be satisfying in its way, and a pint of slime goes down nicely after work. But that all being said, the constant and continuously recurring anally, body fluid and excretions based humour does tend to feel and become rather overly exaggerated and overused (even to the point of wearing more than a bit thin and thus no longer even being all that humorous to and for me, and mostly like a buzzing mosquito, somewhat annoying and recurringly tedious).



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