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Mrs Lambsbottom had a daily routine, not so strange. But one day at 5 am, her usual waking time, this very strange woman while making her oatmeal whipped up her milk with a very frightened mouse called, Colin. Once you are dipped in milk, a mouse becomes quite ferocious, and he did create so much havoc that Mrs Lambsbottom retreated to her bathroom. She was so exhausted from the stress of this ferocity of this mouse, she fell asleep in her bathroom. When she awakened she found her way in a very strange manner to the local cat shelter house, where cats were kept. She plucked out the meanest cat she could find, a Tom Cat, named Nigel. Off they went. And, this is, the real beginning of the story.
The author, Chris Sykes, has written one of the most enchanting and humorous books. Everyone in the family should enjoy this book. At first I thought it was a children's book, no, no, an adult book, no, no, an everyone's book! It is filled with the most entertaining words that seem to describe all the characters to perfection. One chapter leads to the next, and if you are a trifle crazy as I am, and I expect that you are, you will be laughing out loud. There are a few slightly sad moments, but then those slightly crazy words come tumbling out. The illustrations are perfect, make sure to stop at each chapter to really look at the illustrations. Mrs Lambsbottom is the kind of person we should all have in ours lives, a trifle crazy and humorous, to keep things humming! Book was provided to read and review.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 07-03-14
Born in York, England in 1984 he moved to Liverpool where he schooled and learned his craft, supporting himself as a charity fundraiser, working in a call center, etc. A flavor of his talent is evident in his self-written biographical data from which the following is excerpted: One dark and stormy summer's day, a stray cat turned up in his backyard and refused to leave. The cat was under weight and clearly needed some tender loving care but unfortunately for the cat, Chris thought that he knew a thing or two about cats. Let me tell you, he didn't and still doesn't, although he will say that he did and still does. He has a somewhat strange tendency to ramble on about things for hours and hours. I don't know why, no one will ever really know why. I suppose it is just one of those things, like aliens and ghosts. They also ramble on for hours about the strangest of subjects. Chris thought that the cat was waiting for him to leave his house and that whilst the house was empty, the cat would no doubt break in and steal all of his things. He then (not at all acting like a baby) refused to leave his house until the cat left his backyard. He did not have much in the way of things but that did not matter, they were his things and he liked them that way. So, Chris sat on one side of the glass back door and the scrawny, frail, helpless cat sat on the other side. Their eyes locked together in a war of patience. To mercifully cut a long story short, the cat moved in and the only thing that she stole was his heart. She lives with him and his girlfriend in Germany and, although she complains an awful lot, is clearly quite happy with them both.'
Chris Sykes puts his stamp on his own plot summary, better than any reviewer could rehash, so here is that: `Mrs Lambsbottom wakes up one morning and accidentally douses a mouse with milk, unwittingly creating the most ferocious of creatures. She decides to rid her home of the terrible beast but Mrs Lambsbottom is not the most mentally stable of characters. Neither is the cat that she brings home from `Meow's Cat Shelter for the criminally insane'. All the ingredients mix together ensuring a stupendously silly story, satisfyingly stuffed with suitable story related things and, er, stuff.'
The opening lines of the book deliver the tone: `Mrs Lambsbottom was approximately 1,236 and a quarter miles away from being an ordinary 87 year old lady. Although she burped - from her bottom as well as her mouth - like EVERYbody else, she was a trifle crazy, In fact, she was a cold, curdled, custard cream crazy but that is a trifle harder to say. Her face closely resembled that of a grandma. Granted, she occasionally wore an expression similar to that of a person who has been slapped in the face with a freshly caught trout but she smiled an awful lot. Although, I am afraid to say, she does not have much time for smiling in this story. Mrs Lambsbottom wore her hair, which curled and danced at the slightest of breezes, high on her head. She paid someone 68 pounds every two weeks to dress her hair with overly large rollers and in a peculiar blue rinse. If you wanted to be mean (which I would strongly advise against0, you might say that she paid 10 pence for very single strand of hair. What she had may have been waning but to her it looked terribly terrific and that was what mattered.' And the entire book reads that well!
And so we have the illustrated tale of Mrs Lambsbottom, Colin the Mouse and Nigel the Tom Cat - and if you are able to stop laughing as you are reading, breathe in and bask in the exceedingly clever wit and style of an author who will likely move into the public arena of popularity very quickly. He has all the ingredients - wit, charm, a wordsmith par excellence, a refreshing illustrator - another way of saying I love this book and Highly Recommend it to all readers. Grady Harp, July 14
Imagine someone who has a great imagination spewing everything that comes to their mind and in the process transporting you to a wonderful universe. That's the feeling you get while reading this book and it's such a lovely journey. This author is one to look out for.
It's a children's book and the language is very fit for them. I did think that the repetitiveness, which contributes to the uniqueness of the story, got a bit dull at some point (for some reason I just couldn't get into the 'horse' bits), which is mainly why I am giving it 4.5 stars instead of a full 5, but I am rounding it up since I had such a good time. It's been a while since a book put me in that good a mood.
Overall, it was a great experience, one that made me feel like a child again in all the good ways. I smiled, smirked, giggled and just outright laughed. I am happy to now know the name of the condition I suffer from every morning - very fitting indeed - and I will most definitely be very weary of exploding forms from now on.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.