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Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

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Skip forward [mumble mumble] years -- yes, that many -- and I've just found the very same book hiding in a forgotten, dusty stack at my parent's house. 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. But Fungus is having an existential crisis “I am, yet what I am who knows … I am the self-consumer of my woes” and this philosophical turn gives the Bogeyman, despite everything, a likeable character. Raymond Briggs at his very best – Fungus the Bogeyman is a delightfully, lovely story in all its disgustingly noxious glory. 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.

Briggs' character Fungus the Bogeyman, first featured in his children's work of the same name, published in 1977. 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). It also reads in the style of a non-fiction guide with and lots of information about 'Bogeys' and their different lifestyle. This book is in good condition with some rubbing to the corners and scratches to the laminate on the front and back cover.Experience a day in the life of a Bogeyman in this brilliantly gross picture book for older children.

Almost documentary-style, the book follows a day in the life of the title character, his work and home life, and along the way introduces the culture and manners of his people, the Bogeys, whose occupation is frightening humans, also known as the surface-dwelling “Dry Cleaners”. 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. We have more or less straight comics, but also sections of pages treated as if they were notice boards, with text boxes pinned to them, "censored" text, charts, etc. 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? 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!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. It is not for everyone's taste, I mean you have to be keen on slime, pus and muck but hey, that is what makes a bogeyman happy. Fungus lives an ordinary life, he gets up, gets prepared for work, makes the commute, does his job and wonders what is it all about? Bogeydom is not a place I would particularly like to visit, but I am glad I am aware of it, and that while reading about its goings-on my dinner, and sense of humour, remained intact.

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. 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. 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. I love Briggs's dense, complex page design and his masterful use of an array of layout and design features. On this night, he startles a vicar, a woman in her bath, and stinks out a couple’s bedroom using his Bogey umbilical cord.Tapping windows, tugging blankets, creaking stairs, making babies cry and hanging around graveyards are all in a nights work for the bogeyman.

And it is was a revelation to discover that even the sublimely happy Fungus was not above an attack of existential angst . My teacher used to hate it when the class was reading (non-school) books and he'd see this well-worn tome on my desk. And while the book was certainly quirky and very funny, it was also very different from what I was expecting it to be. It was a dark departure from Briggs' delightful Father Christmas and the Christmas classic The Snowman and they loved Fungus, his wife and his kids in their subterranean world of snot, pus, boils, filth and decay.A celebrated author and illustrator, Raymond Briggs’ works include the seasonal classics, Father Christmas and The Snowman as well as Fungus the Bogeyman. Yes, ultimately the joke is one-note (everything in bogeydom is more or less the reverse of things in the human world, so bogeymen prefer dirt to cleanliness, cold to warmth, wet to dry, and so on, though there are occasional inconsistencies), but Briggs pulls off so many brilliant variations on it, and paces them out so carefully as he narrates Fungus's typical "day" (read night) of frightening and irritating people, all the while wondering what purpose his job serves, that the joke somehow never gets tired. However, Briggs continued to produce humour for children, in works such as the Unlucky Wally series and The Bear.



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