Jakob Wegelius latest has delivered a grand, globetrotting adventure with shades of Dickens and Kipling.
Dumb criminals; a lackadaisical hero; hilarious, bloody misunderstandings; and a South Florida setting that makes you want to hop the next flight to Key West on one page, and never leave New York again the next (ask me again when winter rolls around, though...). This is classic Hiaasen through and through.
Slim but effective, Jonas Karlsson's comic fable provokes some profound questions on the nature of life and happiness. What does it mean to lead a fulfilling life? Is happiness enough? And what are your experiences worth? For the main character in this book, that last question is depressingly literal.
Don’t just take my word for it, here’s a satisfied reader! “Let me tell you, this book is great, just great. It’s got the best words, a terrific moral, there’s pictures, absolutely phenomenal pictures, you know, and it’s about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart, the American people. You know, people come up to me all the time and ask, when are picture books gonna be great again? Let me tell you, this book is gonna Make Picture Books Great Again, it really is. Did I read it? No, no, I don’t need to read. I lived it.” - Donald T., age 69. (Mike)
Michael Ian Black is getting older. Unless you have Benjamin Button disease, you're probably getting older, too. So maybe you will be able to relate to Black's musings on his changing body. If you can't relate to them, you will probably be able to laugh at them -- Black retains his sarcastic edge even while opening up about maybe-not-so-funny topics. If you can't laugh, well, I don't know what to tell you. Maybe you have Buster Keaton disease.