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Children and the Tundra (HOW) Hardcover – April 12, 2016
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In its tone and design, to say nothing of the sturdiness of its typefaces, Haggis-on-Whey nails the authoritarian aesthetic of 1950s textbooks. Most important, it is very, very silly.” The Paris Review
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The authors hop about, with no bit covering more than two pages and most bits confined to a sidebar or factoid or graph or photo. The tundra stuff is heavy on photo jokes. The children bits consist mostly of the author explaining why children are detestable. The humor is deadpan and is often a bit heavyhanded.
I would expect the book to be welcomed by die-hard fans. I enjoyed skimming it, but must admit that but for a few clever lines here and there the book did not strike me as terribly original or appealing. There was no particular edge and the overall feel was a bit old-fashioned. But, as I say, it had its moments.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I was reminded of some Monty Python books I used to have. Or maybe I still have them somewhere. Children and the Tundra is full of silliness. And, refreshingly, it doesn't try to redeem itself with some purpose or deeper meaning. It's just silly. And the silly-named authors, Dr. and Mr. Haggis-on-Whey, are made up by the actual, slightly-less-silly named brothers Dave and Toph Eggers. ("Eggers" must be a made-up name, too, right?)
The bits about children are more interesting than the bits about tundra. I especially liked this bit, even though it is really about neither children nor tundra:
How to tell the mountains from the sky. Go up to both of them. Mountains can be touched but when you're standing on them they disappear. Skies can't ever be touched, no matter how close you get. And sometimes they disappear when you're in bed or when the window is closed. The differences between mountains and sky can be hard to remember but most of it is about touching.
For those who are seeking advice on a way to contain those children they might have in the home:
Why did they let the child into their home in the first place? If they can keep raccoons and other woodland creatures at bay, why not children? . . . But if you do find yourself with a child at home, and you want to eat and read the paper in the morning undisturbed, then you need some kind of container.
On the overall purpose of the book:
What can be done about children and their attributes?Read more ›
That is Dr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey for you.
Next to Doris is Benny, who is her sidekick. He is mostly useless though.
Dr. Doris is a know-it-all. Name it and she'll come up with facts and figures. And especially if it is about children, which she is very keen to avoid.
Children and the Tundra is a ridiculous, nonsensical book. Part of a series reference books with misinformation, this edition deals with two concepts, children...and the tundra.
There is some humor in there, especially the parts about children, with clever jokes and nice illustrations. The bits about the tundra, however, were mostly bland. Mixing both topics throughout the book made it a confusing read. Doris tells us that the publishers decided on combining both because of budget cuts. If that is actually true, I personally would've liked them separate.
I do like the concept of a book with misinformation, and I had expected more actual facts with a mocking undertone than this absurd-ish content.
This is mostly for the die-hard fans who are out for their Eggers brothers' fix.
Review copy supplied by publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a rating and/or review.
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My spouse expected a book by Doris Haggis-on-Whey. This is what he received. We are grateful his expectations have been met.Published 1 month ago by E. K. M. Busch