Tuesday, 15 April 2008

The Plucker - Brom

This book may be illustrated but it is definitely not for kids. The story is witty, sad and downright terrifying at times.

Meet Jack. He has recently, much to his surprise and horror, been relegated to the Underbed, the place where unwanted toys go. With his cheery bells and his acrobatic abilities Jack doesn't understand how he's ended up under the bed, watching the other toys play out there. But then ten year old Thomas's dad gives him a really creepy toy. Thomas chucks it under the bed too and the toy breaks, unleashing a plucker. At which point Jack discovers there are worse fates than being forgotten.

Though told through toys, Brom's book packs a punch and shows you what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. It's a remarkable coming of age story with a touch of romance, voodoo and fighting. And the illustrations are fabulous.

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