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The Kissing Bug Paperback – September 22, 2008
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From the Inside Flap
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Kissing Bug is a clever, witty, and above all unique children's book, one of the first published by Spunk Goblin Press, the new children's imprint of Eraserhead Press,... Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by Some Jerk
This is an incredibly beautiful story about a kissing bug who paints (with blood) pictures of the human woman he loves. A tender infatuation between bug and human... Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Captain Satan