Monday, July 7, 2014

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Title: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Author: Stephen Collins [Website][Twitter][Tumblr]

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781250050397

Length: 240 pages

Obtained: Free copy picked up at ALA Annual Conference 2014

Why this book?:

I thought it looked interesting and fun.  I love the title.  The description on the back cover is great.  And I just had to read it.


The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a graphic novel done all in black and white.  But that works because the people of Here seem to be very in the box black and white thinkers.  But then something strange happens.  Dave, who is the definition of a model Here citizen, suddenly begins growing a quite unwanted beard.  And everything goes downhill from there - or does it?

The description I read mentions that the book covers, "life, death, and what it means to be different."  Being third in the list, I didn't quite expect the book to be so much about being different, but that was the main theme I saw.

I read the last 3rd to the kiddos (while we waited in the car for their mama) - with some impromptu editing to make it more age appropriate.  It was very interesting, with some parts rather funny, and others very much a statement about society.

I'm now passing it on to coworkers...

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