Monday, January 10, 2011

The Monster Maintenance Manual

No, not a manual for handling the kids, but right about now with the noise coming from below in the playroom maybe it would be appropriate ... a book my sister gave The Boy for Christmas.

"Have you ever wondered why sometimes after you have washed your socks, one of them mysteriously disappears? Or why your shoelaces always seem to get tangled into tricky knots? The answer is, you probably have a monster problem or, more specifically, two monster problems with a gobblesock living behind your washing machine and a shoelace monster nesting under your bed.The Monster Maintenance Manual is a field guide for monster-philes of all ages, focusing on sixty-four curious creatures. This spotters manual explains what they look like, what annoying habits they have and even if they are useful for anything. With big colour profile pictures for each monster and a handy section on how to keep them (or get rid of them), The Monster Maintenance Manual is a must have book for any aspiring monster expert."
Each Monster us described over 4 illustrated pagers so we've been reading about one each night.  The Boy loves it even if occasionally some of the jokes and plays on words go over his head.  Last night we read about the Post Impressionists (they give a very good impression of being an old post).  I found myself having a giggle about the art and philosophy jokes, they are very clever, including references to pointillism and Schrodinger's Cat.  The best was this though:
"Their biggest problem comes from post modernists, a group of monsters who specialise in digging up old posts and replacing them with new ones"
Is it geeky to laugh at philosophy jokes?


cate said...

sounds like a great book for our house!

mcmanly said...

Just in case you wondered, the over-the-head jokes were quite calculated. At some point in the future, the retentive reader will realise why one leg is longer than the other: it has been pulled. Then there is the possibility that, once they twig this, the readers will engage with the nonsense and try to make sense of it. Cunning old teachers are like that :-)