Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Right to Arm Bears

The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime Jasper Fforde

This is the second Nursery Crime book, the first being the hysterical The Big Over Easy. Jack Spratt and Mary Mary are back, this time investigating the suspicious death of Goldilocks on the grounds of SommeWorld, the new amusement park whose opening is beset with problems.

It looks like Goldilocks (an investigative journalist) was hot on a story of oatmeal quotas and bear rights. (And, of course, the debate over the right to arm bears.) The three bears were the last to see her alive-- which one did it? Or was there a fourth bear?

All the while, the psychotic Gingerbread Man has escaped from the hospital he was being held prisoner in, Punch and Judy have moved in next store, and cucumbers keep exploding...

Hilarious and filled with bad puns and nursery rhyme characters in adult situations. I love Fforde, and this is a shining example of why!

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