Monday, October 26, 2009


Giant Robots and Boy Detectives

A post this afternoon on Super Punch points out the terrific jacket design for the forthcoming How My Science Project Destroyed the World, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat.

Over on his blog, Dan Santat has posted a bunch of his inspirations for the approach, including old pulp sf covers, kaiju movie posters, and Thai action films. In other words, my kind of thing.

A couple of weeks ago I read The Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, also written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by the amazing Adam Rex.

I read The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity in one sitting because I literally could not put it down (though I did have to pause occasionally when laughing outloud). To say anything about the plot at all would be to spoil too many surprises, so I'll simply say that it is a very clever, very self-aware middle-reader novel about a boy obsessed with the fictional exploits of boy detectives (in the Hardy Boys vein) who finds his life turning into just such an adventure. Rex provides illustrations throughout that are absolutely pitch pirfect.

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