Fungus the Bogeyman
Raymond Briggs ~ Hamish Hamilton, 1977
Oddly, my husband hates this book. He finds it lacking in plot and tiresome to read. He even goes so far as to feel a slight animosity towards it for dragging the same joke out page and page after page. That said, my almost five-year-old son thinks it is (quote/unquote), soooo awesome!!! Who do you suppose wins in that battle?
Little known in the U.S., I imagine this to be somewhat of a classic across the pond in Great Britain... am I right? Now, if you find the word "damn" offensive when used in a children's book, read no further. If you think things like slime and mold and slugs and curdled milk and cow patties are revolting, hit that little red X in the right hand corner of you screen and don't return here until tomorrow when this post will be nothing more than a memory. But if you are into existential thinking and skin boils and poetry and mucus and pus...The sun sinks below the hills. The birds are hushed. NIGHT is coming. But...... far, far below..... in THE TUNNELS in the wet, dripping tunnels of Bogeydom, (a land where the light is as darkness) the Bogeyman are stirring in their beds.... the roofs of the houses are wet, the walls are slimy and dank. A damp chill hangs in the air. Now, as the light fades from THE TUNNELS, it is the black dawn of a new Bogey day.........then meet Fungus the Bogeyman as he goes about his day and ponders the very meaning of his existence. Told in comic book style, the story is part children's book, part nature guide, teaching you everything you ever wanted to know about the Bogeyman while following a day-in-the-life of Fungus. Did you know Bogeymen coat their bodies in muck when they wake up in the morning? That they eat rotten eggs and fish for breakfast and scatter the walls of their underground world with grave philosophical statements like SILENCE IS DEEP AS ETERNITY SPEECH IS SHALLOW AS TIME? Did you know their favorite drink is slime and that their "night job" is scaring the crap out of YOU? That they have three nipples?
Ahhh yes, my son can tell you everything there is to know about the Bogeyman, thanks to Mr. Briggs and his terrible book. A book for anyone who has ever wondered "what it's all for". Or at the very least... their offspring.