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Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs. Deep down underground, in the dark, dripping tunnels of bogeydom, live the bogeys, a vile collection of slimy, smelly creatures who revel in everything revolting. Fungus is a bogeyman-a particularly foul and fetid specimen.
As he goes about his bogey business, the full horrors of bogeydom are revealed. Over 80, copies of this fun book have been sold worldwide. Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published March 29th by Puffin first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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President Trump has dispatched 15, loyal American troops to search under the nation's beds. For the moment, our children are safe. Vote Trump! View all 18 comments. Nov 04, Manybooks rated it it was ok Shelves: childrens-literature , picture-books , book-reviews , graphic-novels , fairy-tales-fantasy , magical-creatures , humour. And as such, I would not generally consider Fungus the Bogeyman as a book meant for all children, but most suitable and enjoyable for children above the age of seven or eight and there is really no upper limit, as teenagers and adults who enjoy graphic novels, parodies, satires and coarse, crude humour type of offerings will likely also find their proverbial funny bone tickled.
However, as much as I do enjoy both the concept and appreciate much of the humour, I actually remain a wee bit disappointed with and by Fungus the Bogeyman.
Now I do find the societal reversals of Fungus' underground domain and the everyday human world above ground both entertaining and massively appealing basically distorted mirror images of one another with, for example, Fungus and his wife relishing a slimy and cold bed whilst the humans above ground would of course desire their beds to be warm and dry. That being all 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.
And even considering that many children do seem to massively relish and cherish humour based on bodily functions and liquid excretions, I do have to wonder whether the massive amounts of the latter might well end up being potentially distracting and even too much of a "good thing" so much so as to even jade and feel dragging for children who usually enjoy this type of humour, these types of jokes.
For Fungus' world and his daily life are indeed often minutely, engagingly and even in a strange way beautifully described and depicted and the accompanying illustrations are gorgeously drawn and actually, amazingly sparkle with their very and often intense general ugliness , but really and truly, for and to me, the constant and ever-present referrals to farting, vomiting, grottiness, slime, mould and the like does become rather frustratingly dragging.
But even with me being a bit disappointed with and by Raymond Briggs' Fungus the Bogeyman as a story, I would probably be giving it a high three star ranking and not the two stars I am at present considering if the textual presentation of the book were even somewhat easier on my aging eyes.
Fact is that I have to use my reading glasses throughout and still be constantly squinting, as especially the font size of the printed, of Biggs' presented text is so cramped and so minuscule in size to make easy and comfortable perusal nigh impossible I have actually had to reread some sections more than a few times because my eyes accidentally kept missing and skipping entire chunks, this also being a further caveat for parents reading Fungus the Bogeyman with or to their children, and perhaps also a potential issue for recently independent readers attempting to read Fungus the Bogeyman by themselves, as they often read better and easier with larger and bolder print.
And I am quite frankly and personally getting more than sick and tired of rather too often encountering especially picture or comic books geared towards children that have a presentation style that seems to not at all take and comfort of reading into consideration and seriously enough as well as the potential eye strain an overly small font size can often and even likely cause.
View 2 comments. Apr 11, James rated it really liked it. Raymond Briggs at his very best — Fungus the Bogeyman is a delightfully, lovely story in all its disgustingly noxious glory. Aug 03, Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , humor-whimsy , illustration , fiction , childrens-ya. Oh, Fungus! Wherefore art thou? This is Briggs at his perverse and subversive finest. It helps to have a warped sense of humor and a literary background.
Best known for his more conventional children's books such as The Snowman , Briggs, like Roald Dahl, has an uncanny sense of what really appeals to children -- gross stuff and toilet humor. Combine that rudimentary appeal with a very adult level of punning and an endearing melancholy and you have Fungus. Jan 21, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: children , well-i-think-its-funny. Making things go bump in the night can be satisfying in its way, and a pint of slime goes down nicely after work.
Fungus has a full, rich life, which Briggs documents in loving detail. But what does it all mean? We discover that even bogeymen aren't immune to existential angst Feb 03, Daisy Brown rated it liked it Shelves: listofbetterment. An interesting approach to a 'picture book'. It reads almost like a comic book with incredibly detailed illustrations in individual boxes with speech bubbles or text.
It also reads in the style of a non-fiction guide with and lots of information about 'Bogeys' and their different lifestyle. This could be interpreted as a comical, jovial way to show children that different people can live very diverse lives which may help them to become more aware of the world around them. Amongst the information An interesting approach to a 'picture book'.
Amongst the information given about their lifestyle there is also a more typical storyline where Fungus wakes up, washes in slime and cycles to work where he ponders his role in society and the purpose of his existence!
He even stops off at the pub and local library on his way home. An interest twist to have such a relatable and 'human' experience delivered from a Bogeyman View 1 comment. Mar 11, drk rated it really liked it.
My sons adored this book and now my grandson does as well. 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. And the bogeys! How could I forget them? And it is was a revelation to discover that even the sublimely happy Fungus was not above an attack of existential angst Jul 05, Ma'Belle rated it did not like it Shelves: kid-friendly , comics-graphic-novels.
I had high hopes for this book, having heard good things about Raymond Briggs' books for children. I actually couldn't bear to read past the sixth page or so, once I realized that it was just a way-too-wordy Bizzaro Superman-style reversal of everything in polite society. It didn't take long for the concept to sink in, and when I paged through the rest of the book, it seemed to be just more "Bogeymen love all things wet, smelly, and dirty" ad nauseum.
Mar 15, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Shelves: pixie-stuff. Excellent book. Raymond Briggs drawings are great.
Of course being a pixie type person myself I firmly believe in the little people that live at the bottom of gardens and in enchanted woods and forests. Believe in Bogeymen too. Apr 05, Beau Johnston rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels-comics , humour , childrens. This disgraceful book is a blast from the past. 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.
Come to think of it, my mother wasn't very happy with me reading it either. Regardless, I enjoyed it immensely. Jan 13, Paul Hunnisett rated it liked it.
Very good. Funny and imaginative. Wonderfully gloomy. When shelving this at work realised that I had never actually read it myself. Utter genius!
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