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I Know Why the Caged Pig Oinks ~ And Other Love Stories Paperback – January 3, 2013
"A whimsical, unique collection of humorous takes on nursery rhymes, talking horses and chicken-fried steak, among other topics. Royce (The Immaculate Deception, 2012) presents a quirky collection of short stories, cartoons and anecdotes... Royce's eclectic collection, including song lyrics about runaway shoes, cleverly captioned cartoons about hot dogs and a short story about the last fateful days of the beloved talking horse Mr. Ed, will likely reward readers with laugher." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"This tender-hearted, quirky collection of short stories is sometimes hilarious, sometimes perverted, often twisted, more often total genius, and always silly and beautiful. Filled with puns, double entendres, and witty interpretations, Royce re-invents the stories of old nursery rhymes and other familiar anecdotes. You marvel at his creativity, artistry and his ridiculous imagination. My old friend Bill Royce is very clever, funny and offbeat. But he's also an insightful and brilliant writer. The proof is in the pages of this book."
From the Author
When I learned my childhood friend Jim Whearty had ALS, I asked what I could do to help. "Write," was Jim's response. "Make me laugh." This book is an attempt to repay my friend for a lifetime of laughter. A portion of the proceeds go to the ALS Center at UCSF.
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My favorites were the post-card narrations and "The Collaboration." Fellow artists will sympathize with the two characters attempting dismally to get a project off the ground! Best line: "We are way past the beginning! We've got to start thinking about the middle." "A middle?" "Every good story's got one! I don't know where you've been."
I eagerly look forward to reading Mr. Royce's forthcoming memoir, and any other future work of his.
The writing style reminds me a lot of another comical writer, Robert Benchley. Growing up as a kid, he was one of my favorites. I could sit and laugh at his illustrations and stories all day. It looks like it's time for Benchley to move over a tad and share this spotlight with Royce.
This book came to life to aid a close friend of Royce's who needed a laugh. The satire is comical, witty and completely zany, but written to make one happy and forget about anything serious that may be happening in their lives. It's a collection of stories, pictures and essays, that is sure to please and bring a smile to even the grumpiest of people.
I can't really say that any part was my favorite, as I found the whole book very enlightening, but if I have to narrow it down I have to admit the story of the dish and the spoon had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my face.
I would highly recommend this read to all who want to take a step back and forget life for a while. It will lighten your load and make you appreciate humor again at its finest. Humor is a strong medicine and its something we all need to rediscover from time to time, but the best lesson you will learn from this book is that laughter is indeed the best medicine.
Most of these shorts are coupled with illustrations or "poster art" that bring a smile all by themselves. Coupled with clever puns, outright silliness or occasional innuendo these illustrations light up the reader's imagination. ("Out of the Box" or "The Last of the Moe Howards.") There are a couple of unsettling pieces that could be construed as politically incorrect to more sensitive readers, but they will bring a chagrined smile nonetheless ("Deleted Bible Stories").
"I Know Why the Caged Pig Oinks" is one of the best stress busters this reviewer has read in a long time.