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Reviews by Tag: surrealism

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1150622036_there_is_no_dog
Meg Rosoff
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

What if God were a teenage boy?

In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed.

Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it's usually Bob's beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed that Bob ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl...

Staff Review
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A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

"Challenging" was the first word I heard used to describe this book. I think "surreal" was the next. Following that was "impossible to describe." Even the author herself, when asked to describe the book, talked about the themes and ideas that led to its creation without attempting to describe the plot or characters.

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Nick Lake
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Dec 11, 2015

There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all.

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

Staff Review
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Rob Davis
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 26, 2015

The weather clock said, "Knife o'clock." So I chained Dad up in the shed." So begins The Motherless Oven.

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Laura Ruby
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jul 20, 2015

The dedication:

For Steve, who sees.
And for Anne, who believes.

Staff Review
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, May 7, 2015

The promotional tour Andrew Smith undertook with the release of this book was dubbed "Keep YA Weird," with an accompanying online campaign and fun images. And on the general continuum of stories books tell, The Alex Crow does indeed tilt toward the stranger side--

Consider, for instance:

Staff Review
Reality Boy by A.S. King
A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Imagine having your worst moments caught on film, and your best moments edited out. When he was five years old Gerald Faust’s mother auditioned the family for Network Nanny, a reality tv show. In one-hour on network TV, Gerald became a national phenomenon for taking a dump on the family’s kitchen table. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by the actions of his five-year-old-self.

Staff Review
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Dec 30, 2011

Lucky Linderman is dealing with a lot of problems: