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Posted March 25, 2012
Okay. Let's be honest here. Books called Doodling and Flidderbugs? Seriously? That's what I thought in the beginning. But, sitting down to read these fast reads, well, I quickly changed my opinion on them. I'm super glad that I had the chance to partake in this blog tour for Mr. Gould's delightful reads! Neville and Kriffle are both characters that will take you on an adventurous, humorous journey into a fantasy world. Readers young and old will enjoy these reads, and quite frankly, be excited to see if Mr. Gould will write another like them (or at least this reader is excited!). In Doodling, the reader is introduced to Neville....a character who has fallen off the world, or as Mr. Gould put it, simply let go of the world and is now traveling through the universe, making new friends with interesting people, learning new ways to look at life. It's definitely a fantasy universe and often, it's very humorous. It's a wonderful fast read,especially for those of us who are always running ragged and never stopping to simply take a moment to breath. It's a delightful story! In Flidderbugs, we meet Kriffle. Gould dubs this book a political satire, or modern fable, and I would have to honestly agree with him. It's a story bugs that do battle in a tree (think a little bit of Dr. Suess here....). Children and adults will both enjoy this story of coming to terms with what is obvious. It's a battle of political rights and wrongs, a battle of yes or nos. Is this tribe of bugs right about their side of the tree, or that tribe of bugs the correct party on their side of the tree. It was definitely interesting to see how the story turned out and the great buggy characters are uniquely charming! I can definitely say that these books are highly recommend with 4 Book ratings. I am glad to have had the chance to read them, and I look forward to seeing if Mr. Gould makes more like this. They aren't long reads, less than 75 pages a piece, and would be great for that settling in for the night read, or an interesting new bed time story to tell your children. Great job, Mr. Gould! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2012
Reviewed by Vered E for Readers Favorite.
The Krephiloff Tree is in trouble, but none of the Flidderbugs seem to realize just how much. Kriffle, a young Flidderbug, is convinced that all the trouble stems from the tribe of bugs, the Quadrigons, living on the other side of the tree, and all the members of his Triplifer tribe agree. After all, everyone knows that the tree¿s leaves all have three points! The trouble is that the other tribe knows that the leaves have four points, and are equally convinced that the Triplifers are misleading the bugs! Represented by Fargeeta, the Quadrigons control the Flidder council and won¿t give the Triplifers an opportunity to solve the problem. And while the two tribes argue back and forth about what is true and who is lying, the situation gets worse.
Gould has created a fantastical world with many clear and obvious parallels with our own. Issues of social justice, sharing of resources, environmental degradation, imbalances and the importance of independent investigation of truth are explored in a light and engaging way. What I particularly love is the indirect exploration of two key issues underlying all these problems: disunity and prejudice. In order to resolve a crisis, Kriffle and Fargeeta must overcome their prejudices and lead their tribes to a unified vision of the problem. But will they be able to do this in time to come up with a solution? This story is particularly well-suited for younger readers. Parents will also enjoy reading it to their children.
Posted November 29, 2011
I live in a back to back terraced house. I know that my roof is... well, I'm not actually sure what colour it is and it's raining so I'm not going out to check. But say it was blue. That should mean that my neighbour's roof is also blue, right? But what if they KNOW they their roof is pink?
When I opened Flidderbugs and read the first couple of lines, Orwell's 1984 immediately came to mind, more specifically Minitrue (aka The Ministry of Truth). In truth, my associations weren't too farfetched: there are aspects of Flidderbugs that mimic the absurdity of Minitrue and its slogans WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Flidderbugs is an interesting tale of what we know versus what we believe. Do we believe something because we know it to be the case? Or do we know something because it fits in with our beliefs? Can politics, like religion, prevent us from approaching situations logically? And is it always in our best interest to listen to the information that is fed to us from those who - allegedly - know better?
Doodling, Gould's first title (and a Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Humor semi finalist), was a fabulously fun read with a heavy smattering of satire. Flidderbugs takes satire to a whole new level. Yet its real genius lies not in that but in the fact that you don't actually realise the strength of the messages until you've completed the book. Flidderbugs simply seems like a good read (saving initial Orwellian thoughts) but it's the period after you've closed the final page or put down your ereader that the heavy thinking kicks in.
What an amazing achievement: fiction that provides you with an incredible and fun read but leaves you full of thoughts long after you've finished the final paragraph. More please, Mr Gould. Much, much more!