Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-36066-3 (0-307-36066-0)
Pub Date: October 25, 2011
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In the grand tradition of Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, Tim Burton's Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Hillaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales for Children, comes Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu's Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People.
Ever wonder what would happen if Douglas Coupland's unhinged imagination met Graham Roumieu's insane knack for illustrating the ridiculously weird? The answer is seven deliciously wicked tales featuring seven highly improbable, not only inappropriate, characters, including Donald the Incredibly Hostile Juice Box, Hans the Weird Exchange Student, Brandon the Action Figure with Issues and Kevin the Hobo Minivan with Extremely Low Morals. If you are over the age of consent, seriously weird or just like to laugh, you'll love the unlovable miscreants who unleash their dark and unruly desires on every page of these unsuitable, completely hilarious tales.
“Roald Dahl meets Stephen King in seven warped children’s-story parodies where Coupland’s understated prose is made all the funnier by Roumieu’s gleefully depraved illustrations. With such cuddly heroes as a murderous juice box and an alcoholic, kleptomaniac minivan, the duo take a sly dig at corporate capitalism—think Generation X-cess.” —National Post
“The mind of Douglas Coupland must be a scary place to live…. Those of you who have ever wondered what kind of trouble a Hobo Minivan with Extremely Low Morals can get into can take a soothing breath: the wait is over this month.” —ELLE Canada
“Playful, simple and winking…. Disturbing and hilarious.... A well-executed series of quirky stories that are imaginative and often funny.” —Edmonton Journal
“Anyone who has ever wondered what might transpire if the author of Bigfoot’s autobiography were to illustrate a story collection by Canada’s reigning postmodern ironist can stop wondering.” —Quill & Quire
Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Germany. He is the author of Generation A, JPod, and nine earlier novels, along with non-fiction works including a recent biography of Marshall McLuhan. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, sculptor, furniture and fashion designer, and screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.
GRAHAM ROUMIEU is the creator of the faux Bigfoot autobiography books In Me Own Words, Me Write Book and I Not Dead; as well as some non-Bigfoot related books such as Cat & Gnome and 101 Ways To Kill Your Boss. Since starting work in 2001 his illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Men's Health, and many other places for advertising, editorial, character design and book applications.
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