Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Bomb That Followed Me Home by Cevin Soling


Title: The Bomb That Followed Me Home
Author: Cevin Soling
Illustrator: Steve Kille
Publisher: Monk Media
Publication Date: January 15, 2009 (originally released in 2007)
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Age Group: Adult
Series: Rumpleville Chronicles (Book 3)

The Bomb That Followed Me Home is the third in a set of "fairly twisted fairy tales" called the Rumpleville Chronicles. These are definitely not stories for children. This tale centers on a bomb that follows a little boy home and is essentially treated as if it were a dog that had followed the boy home. No one wants to take responsibility for the care of the bomb. The boy's parents attempt to find the bomb's owner even as he asks if he can keep the bomb. The family also doesn't get along with their neighbors who speak and act differently than they do. I'll let you guess where the bomb ends up.

Although this book supposedly contains social commentary, and I can see some of that, overall I just found it to be a very strange story. The illustrations are filled with bright colors and heavy lines. I won't be seeking out other books in this series.