Themes: Laughter, Literacy, Books, Technology, Knowledge, Questions, Simplicity, Gadgets
A Jackass and a Monkey sit in a room together, the Monkey happily and contently reading it’s book, engrossed in the text before him he’s interrupted by the JackAss, (happily playing on it’s laptop) who is wondering what on earth he is doing, what’s he got in his hand, what does it do?
I’ve already mentioned Lane Smith’s work on this site a number of times, his work on “The Big Elephant in the Room” and “Squids will be Squids” is as hilarious as they are poignant sometimes, ad there’s nothing really special to what he does, it’s plain and simple illustrations with an uncanny knack of portraying facial expressions, even on donkeys and elephants, or in this case, a Monkey, a Jackass and a Mouse.
This timely book is as humerous and laugh out loud funny as it is cringe-worthingly plausible. I remember taking young people to the local community radio station a number of years ago and introducing them to the LP storage section, which is where I’d be asked what a LP is, and what an EP is, somehow I’d found myself in a group of kids who had never seen a vinyl record and had no idea what I was talking about. It’s plausible then, that there may be kids somewhere in the near future who use their computers to read books and to do everything that we’d normally use paper for, and when that happens I’m afraid for the future of books.
And in this world of gadgets and instant communication where people are used to quick and short messages there is a possibility that books that are 500 or more pages long may actually be too long for the short attentioned, mobile phone literate masses, why would I spend a day reading a book? One of the funniest lines in the book is where the Jackass decides to shorten the text from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island into SMS format.
Too many letters.
I’ll fix it.
LJS: rrr! K? lol!
JIM: 🙁 ! 🙂
So… what to make of this book.
It’s funny, it’s quirky, simple, delightfully illustrated, sleek, fun, enjoyable, clever, real…
It’s a book to read together with the kids….
It’s possibly a too real, too scary, too frightening possibility for a world that is quickly handing over their novels to the Kindle and iPads.
Perhaps we all need to go to the library and borrow a book and, then introduce another friend to a book that you think they may enjoy reading as well…
So, what is your favourite book, what about it is special, why did you fall in love with it?
Check out the book trailer: