Themes: Beauty, Perfection, Self Image, Narcissism, Fear, Choice, Change, Imperfections, Growth, Control, Loss of Control
Oooh oooh oooh ooooooooh, I think I just had a bookgasm…
Was that too much?
Aaron Blabey, creator of Stanley Paste, Pearl Barley, Charlie Parsley, Sunday Chutney and Annabel Spoon has a new book out, and it’s a gross, pink, horror story about a perfect princess who’s belly button lint goes on an evil rampage and gobbles up her family.
Yes, let me write that again, the story is about Serenity Strainer, a perfect perfect perfect girl who seems to have an affinity with pink and her battle against her own evil belly button lint monster as it turns her perfect life upside down and challenges her to be happy with becoming imperfect. How does the belly button lint monster do this? Well, he does it by gobbling up her entire family, effectively destroying her perfect world (it IS an evil BBL monster afterall) until Serenity decides to take control of her life and face the challenge, to stop being a victim and to transform her life.
Even though this book is very very pink and about a young girl you will probably find that boys will love this book, after all it has a BELLY BUTTON LINT MONSTER, probably one of the most beautifully creative, gross, ludicrous and hilarious monsters to grace a picture book. The themes are a tad darker than Sunday Chutney or Pearl Barley but that only allows the story to take on a number of levels, the deeper you look the more you’ll find.
Aaron writes about his thoughts behind this book on his blog
This book is markedly and obviously the beginning of a new chapter for me as an author and as an illustrator.
On the one hand it’s a ridiculous (and hopefully funny) book about a completely absurd monster. On the other hand though, it was inspired to some of the darkest days of my life. The lesson I learnt on Sunday Chutney – to take a personal experience and transform it with imagination – finally and deeply took hold on, of all things, a book with the ludicrous title of The Dreadful Fluff.
Without going into to too much gory detail, my family and I suffered a trauma a couple of years back that mercifully resolved with everyone still in one piece. But the scar tissue it left runs very, very deeply. The sudden and complete realisation that the universe can sneak up behind you and change your life in an instant, has left a profound impact on me. Life transformations can arrive in the form of an illness or an accident or a stroke of bad luck or, in the case of this book…
A monster. Link
He goes on, and in doing so opens up our own understanding of what this book could ultimately be about, is it about accepting one’s self, about standing up to challenges, taking control of your life, what happens when your world is turned upside down or is it about learning to live with our imperfections? And it’s this complexity that makes this such an exciting release.
Whatever the case is for you you’ll fall in love with Aaron’s humorous illustrations, his funny story and his addictive writing style that’s full of honesty, fun and reckless & creative abandon.
Absolutely gross and beautiful.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go and clean out my belly button (just in case)
- Aaron Blabey’s Dreadful Fluff Website
- Aaron Blabey writes about The Dreadful Fluff
- Teaching Notes Written by Tye Cattanach (pdf)
- The Dreadful Fluff on iTunes
- Kid Lit Cove – The Dreadful Fluff Kid Tested with the “Super Six Strategies” ***FANTASTIC POST
- Literacy & Numeracy Website: Characters in Aaron’s books
- The Belly Button Lint Project by Karl Kruszelnicki