The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel

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The Plucker, now updated with new art and an afterword from world-renowned dark fantasy artist Brom, is a window into a world where fairy-tale tradition collides with vileness and depravity, love and heroism, suffering and sacrifice. In this shadowy land of make-believe, Jack and his box are stuck beneath the bed with the dust, spiders, and other castaway toys, and forced to face a bitter truth: Children grow up, and toys are left behind. Jack thinks this is the worst fate that can befall a toy. But when the ...

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Overview

The Plucker, now updated with new art and an afterword from world-renowned dark fantasy artist Brom, is a window into a world where fairy-tale tradition collides with vileness and depravity, love and heroism, suffering and sacrifice. In this shadowy land of make-believe, Jack and his box are stuck beneath the bed with the dust, spiders, and other castaway toys, and forced to face a bitter truth: Children grow up, and toys are left behind. Jack thinks this is the worst fate that can befall a toy. But when the Plucker, a malevolent spirit, is set loose upon the world of make-believe, Jack is thrust into the unlikely role of defending Thomas, the very child who abandoned him, and learns that there are worse ends for a toy than abandonment. As desperation mounts, Jack is thrown together with Thomas’s other toys—Monkey, the Nutcracker, and the ethereally beautiful porcelain doll Snow Angel—as they struggle to rise above their simple roles as playthings and save the boy they love.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gerald Brom's The Plucker became a cult collectible after it was first published in 2005. Now this hypnotic tale about the attack of an evil doll on a young boy's toys comes alive in an edition enhanced by new art and an afterword. All of us have staged our own playroom dramas; this illustrated novel takes our fantasies to the next enthralling level. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
In The Plucker, an illustrated novel by Brom, Jack and his box must defend Thomas, the boy who owns him, from the evil spirit that afflicts the world of make-believe. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-If the Velveteen Rabbit had a satanic bent, it would have much in common with the Plucker, the spirit doll that young Thomas's father brings him from Africa in 1942. In Brom's fevered imagination, the love and imaginative play with which children imbue their toys-their "gusto," as he terms it-can be sucked out and turned to evil purposes, destroying the soul of the child and enlivening creatures too horrible to contemplate. It is up to Thomas's old Jack-in-the-box to prevent the boy from such vitiation. Aided by the herbal and hoodoo wisdom of Mabelle, Thomas's stalwart old nurse, and a few other plucky cast-off toys, Jack challenges the monstrous Foulthings spawned by the Plucker and vanquishes its malevolence. Brom's descriptive powers are revealed equally in his prose and his illustrations. The paintings are so detailed and so layered that they yield their secrets further the more closely they are examined. Poring over them is an exercise in fascinated revulsion. Almost every page-from the opening, "What the hell?" to the resolution-contains abominations calculated to stir up nightmares. Despite its bittersweet, triumphant ending-Thomas is saved, but Mabelle is killed-this book will stir discomfort everywhere it goes. Brom is surely aware of this, as he is photographed on the dust jacket, poised to consume an eviscerated teddy bear with an oversize fork and spoon. Not everyone will be amused, and not everyone should be exposed to this macabre tour de force.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810996021
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 216,114
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brom is the world-renowned illustrator whose vision has graced a wide range of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, games, and films, including Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    I enjoyed reading this book. I loved this pictures and plot!!

    I enjoyed reading this book. I loved this pictures and plot!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommend!!

    This book is amazing! It is an adult fairy tale about a demon from africa that eats the souls of toys. The mythology of the book is documented as a real spirit in some tribes in Africa. Its a very good book, just don't mistake it as something to read or give to young children. It is NOT for kids.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Short read. Awesome illustrations. Brom is mine and my husbands

    Short read. Awesome illustrations. Brom is mine and my husbands favorite author and artist. Loved this book. Finished it before the nights end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Amazing Artwork, Even more amazing story

    I enjoyed this tale to no end. The artwork is amazing and the tale is wonderful. You need to have a bit of an open mind before you read it. This is no Disney Sleeping Beauty. No the female character, Angel, is more the damsel in distress in this tale. Jack (a jack in the box) has recently been forgotten by his owner Thomas, who is growing up. He has been put under the bed, or the Underbed, which is considered a huge horror to the toys still on the outside. Once a toy is put under the bed the other toys avoid them as they serve as a reminder that someday their boy will outgrow them all the older he gets.
    Jack's only friend from outside is Angel, a special Snow Angel doll who is his secret freind when she can get away from the Red Knight who otherwise keeps her tight to his side. She is his one bright light while the others avoid him.
    Thomas's father is off at war and it is during a very (very) short visit home he gives Thomas a doll he bought from a witch doctor is Africa, called a Spirit Warden. The problem is, it's a Plucker, an eater of human children's souls or gusto...and it's full. The doll falls behind the bed and breaks open, freeing The Plucker.
    As the story continues the Plucker sends his creations into Thomas's room during the night to destroy his toys and bring them to him so he can eat Thomas's Gusto. It is Jack who has to rise up to stop The Plucker. A simple Jack in the Box turned into a Devil Slayer. And that's only part one!
    All in all a good book. Not for children unless you cut out some parts and language. This is a use your own judgement book for parents. If you like wierd books and are of mature age then give this book a spin.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Someday I will read this story to my children

    I absolutely LOVE and ADORE this story. I was raised listening to Poe's The Raven and The Black Cat as bedtime stories along with the original Grimm's Fairy Tales and Aeosp' Fables. So with The Plucker I shall someday continue the family tradition of bedstories as such. I inhaled this book and the artwork is beautiful in it's macabre fashion. I found myself rooting for Jack all the way and wishing I could have a Jack doll for myself. Love it, a very awesome story.

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    Posted January 14, 2012

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