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Daddy Lost His Head Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"Funny and poignant" -- Amanda Craig The Times "A hilarious and surreal fable" -- Mary James Country Life "A fascinating, comically queasy tale" -- Kate Kellaway Observer "A lovely fable about a stressed-out father" Daily Telegraph "Blake's trademark style of illustration complements the very humorous narrative in this laugh-aloud, surreal chunk of madness" -- Mary Arrigan The Irish Examiner
About the Author
Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember and has always made his living as an illustrator. He has also taught, and for eight years was Head of the Illustration department at the Royal College of Art. Quentin Blake was made an OBE in 1988 and, in the words of The Guardian, was "already a national institution" when he was appointed the first Children's Laureate in 1999. Andre Bouchard works as a humorous cartoonist for major French news magazines. He has also written and illustrated several successful books for children. As a token of his admiration for Quentin Blake's talent, he wrote this story and asked him to illustrate it, which Mr Blake kindly accepted.
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The tale itself revolves around a boy and his older sister discovering their father in their house without a head. It's never explained how his head became detached from his body or how he survives without it. He can hear which is simply explained with the line "even without ears he could still hear". This sort of lazy writing throughout does weaken the story as does the fact his wife can't tell the difference between a papermachete and potato made head and her husband's real one until the kids show her by hitting it with a hammer. The basic plot revolves around the ways the kids and the wife take advantage of the headless and brainless father to do whatever the household chores and whatever else they want using him as a sort of slave and refuelling him by pouring mince and potatoes down his neck, having to take drastic action when he unexpectantly leaves the house. Where is his head? Will it ever turn up? You'll have to read to find out.