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Fungus the Bogeyman

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Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. It does so in a manner that is always fast paced and the reader is never easy as the turning of each page brings another revolting revelation. This could be interpreted as a comical, jovial way to show children that different people can live very diverse lives which may help them to become more aware of the world around them. This adaption also starred Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes, Joanna Scanlan, Jimmy Akingbola, Paul Kaye, and also Victoria Wood in her final television role before her death in April 2016. An immensely inventive picture book landmark enjoyed as much by adults as children, Briggs' incredibly detailed classic charts a day in the gleefully gross and disgusting life of the eponymous monster.

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.As his day progresses, he undergoes a mild existential crisis, pondering what his seemingly pointless job of scaring surface people is really for.

When it came out the general public were shocked at the scatological humour, which is now standard in children's literature, but it no longer has that impact. In 2002 the BBC began work on a three-part TV comedy series, which ultimately aired in November 2004 and is available as a DVD, starring Clare Thomas as Jessica White, Martin Clunes as her father and Mak Wilson as Fungus. 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! Fungus goes to work up where the ‘drycleaners’ live, traelling very slowly on his flat wheeled bike. For while Fungus' world and his daily life are indeed often minutely, engagingly and even in a strange way beautifully described and depicted (and the accompanying illustrations are gorgeously drawn and actually, amazingly sparkle with their very and often intense general ugliness), really and truly, for and to me, the constant and ever-present referrals to farting, vomiting, grottiness, slime, mould and the like does tend to become rather frustratingly dragging.

English illustrator and children's book author Raymond Briggs is best known in Britain for his 'books without words' told entirely though full color illustrations. The Bogeymen that live there revel in every kind of nastiness imaginable - especially their day-job of scaring human beings.

Only partly a story about Fungus; most of the book is devoted to describing the culture, food, houses, gardens, furniture, clothing, literature, pasttimes, etc. Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in all the nastiness imaginable. We learn about Bogey houses, their family structure, what they do for fun, how they live, the essentials of their health and well-being, and more.And even considering that many children do seem to massively relish and cherish humour based on bodily functions and liquid excretions, I do have to wonder whether the massive amounts of the latter occurring in Fungus the Bogeyman might well end up being potentially distracting and even too much of a "good thing" (so much so as to even jade and feel dragging for children who usually enjoy this type of humour, these types of jokes). It reads almost like a comic book with incredibly detailed illustrations in individual boxes with speech bubbles or text. The level of detailed world building of Bogeydom makes this such a fun and worthy inclusion to the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow-up. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on a pop-up opening door on the verso of the front panel in the year of publication, "For Eileen Ireland With Best Wishes from Raymond Briggs 29 September 1982.

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