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Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

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Over a period of decades, a number of attempts were made to make a film from the book, which was difficult given its lack of an actual plot. It tells of how Jessica, a human teenager, finds her way into Bogeydom and meets Fungus and his family.

As an adult, it's funny, but it feels strange for a kid's book, and I imagine that it would go right over the heads of younger readers. I have had this book for years – but it is now time to pass it on to a little boy, who will hopefully love it as much as I do.

His first three major works, Father Christmas, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (both featuring a curmudgeonly Father Christmas who complains incessantly about the "blooming snow"), and Fungus the Bogeyman, were in the form of comics rather than the typical children's-book format of separate text and illustrations. Briggs not only gives the reader a clear indication of what the Bogeyman wears, eats and wash’s himself with but also the bogeyman’s hobbies, habitat and modes of transport. This is a delightful, eccentric book, the sort of book that genuinely IS all-ages, a claim often made but rarely merited. When the Wind Blows (1982) confronted the trusting, optimistic Bloggs couple with the horror of nuclear war, and was praised in the British House of Commons for its timeliness and originality.

The story, such as it is, follows a day in the life of the eponymous Fungus, a hard-working Bogeyman who is going through an existential midlife crisis, questioning both his purpose and the system in which he works.The topic was inspired after Briggs watched a Panorama documentary on nuclear contingency planning, and the dense format of the page was inspired by a Swiss publisher's miniature version of Father Christmas. The book follows a typical day for Fungus the Bogeyman, starting when he wakes up and ending just before he falls asleep. And although I do believe that especially boys will likely and perhaps even definitely enjoy much of the presented text and be especially captivated with and by the at times rather disgusting, overtly ribald potty-type humour, I do not necessarily think that they will all that easily understand all or even most of the more sophisticated allusions, parodies and such (and I equally do warn parents who are considering reading Fungus the Bogeyman with or to their children to actually consider at least skimming the entire book before using it for their little ones just to make certain that they themselves do not end up with both narrative and illustrative surprises they might personally consider inappropriate). But that all being said, the constant and continuously recurring anally, body fluid and excretions based humour does tend to feel and become rather overly exaggerated and overused (even to the point of wearing more than a bit thin and thus no longer even being all that humorous to and for me, and mostly like a buzzing mosquito, somewhat annoying and recurringly tedious). He spends a good portion of the later part of the book wondering "if this is really worth it" and "why do we do the things we do?

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