Thursday 26 August 2010

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days - Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner and Buzz Parker

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days
Rob Reger & Jessica Gruner (Authors)
Rob Reger & Buzz Parker (Illustrators)
Harper an imprint of
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780061452291

To be honest, I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up. I had seen the cover a few times and found I instantly liked it. It was a little Wednesday Addams, a little dark and a little cute. It ended up being a lot of fun. Emily likes to make lists, usually of 13 items. On the dust jacket it states:

"13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:
1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant office

9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstory generator
11. Dopplegangers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs

And that is just the beginning of the fun. Usually I write my review of a book within a few days of finishing it. This book was so unique, so weird, so wonderful, that it sat on my desk for a few weeks waiting to be reviewed. This book is amazing but it is hard to put that into words. It is sort of a scrapbook told from Emily's perspective, with pictures, drawings and more. It is an adventure, but also the story of discovery and self understanding. Emily is brilliant and creative and amusing and funny, and so is this book. This book leaves me nearly speechless, so go buy it and read it; see for yourself.

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