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The Kissing Bug Paperback – September 22, 2008

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"A fanciful and strange children's story about bugs, with a rich Victorian tone, beautifully illustrated by E. B. Harris." Levi Asher, Literary Kicks --Literary Kicks, December 16, 2008

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"Like all good modern fables - and that includes George Orwell's Animal Farm and Jim Dodge's Fup and even the novels of Magnus Mills - The Kissing Bug does not shirk from big issues, despite being aimed at a younger readership." - 3:AM MAGAZINE

"A fanciful and strange children's story about bugs, with a rich Victorian tone, beautifully illustrated by E. B. Harris." - LITERARY KICKS

"Tragic, funny, and charming." - BRAIN HARVEST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Spunk Goblin Press (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,184,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dustin Reade on October 24, 2011
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A fun, slightly creepy, and maybe a little inappropriate book for children.

The story revolves around a Kissing Bug, the woman he loves, and the death of a child. But it is written in that same sweetly-gothic style as the old Roald Dahl books, where tragedy is somehow a part of the magic, and thus remains sort of innocent, with delightful illustrations to boot.

Lots of tongue-in-cheek moments like you would expect from one of the Shrek movies, where the parents eyeball their kid in hopes they didn't quite catch that last sexual reference. But not enough for caution. I would've loved this book if I had read it around the age of ten or so, and I thoroughly enjoyed it this time around. Even though I have grey hair now.

Lots of them.
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this book was absolutely amazing. this book fits in perfectly with my collection of adult "childrens" books. although, we are open minded enough as parents this may be one we read to the kiddo. i am very pleased with my purchase!
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The cover of The Kissing Bug states that it is "a children's story by Daniel Scott Buck," but this book has much to offer adults, like me, who enjoy the freedom and playfulness that children's literature allows. But this book is dark--there is blood and death. It is also quirky and fun. It's a mix that can be disconcerting, but in a satisfying, alluring way.

The central character is an insect named Kristopher the Conenose Kissing Bug, categorized by the author as a bohemian--he is an artist driven by the urge to create. He also has a crush on a human female. No, Kristopher doesn't follow the rules, but what exactly is acceptable behavior for Kissing Bugs? That's something the book explores. Is war acceptable? Does it depend on the circumstances? Kristopher seems to be swept up in circumstances beyond his control as the book takes a series of dark turns.

The writing style is simple, like a children's book, but that is not a weakness. I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed the artwork of Evan Benjamin Harris, who did the cover, and whose drawings are featured throughout the book.

I recommend it for children and adults who still enjoy their Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton.
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