Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Question
March 16, 2010 8:14 PM Subscribe
Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Filter: Yeah, here we go again. Subjects? (1) Koalas and locusts, and (2) weird poems, somewhat grotesque line drawings and optical illusions.
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I will get the time periods out of the way first: I was born in 1965, so the majority of kid's books would have likely been from 1970 onward (since, in my mind, I correlate reading books and being able to read with a house we moved into around 1969-1970).
First was a book about a circus made up of koala bears. It is actually a rather strange book in that there is a plague of locusts that eat their food and the put on the circus to make money to help each other buy food. Or something like that. There were koalas and there was DEFINITELY a swam of locust that ate their food (the trees).
Second was a very odd book. I remember it being maybe not so much a kid's book as a young adult book, but it had some particularly distinct things. First were the drawings. They were almost grotesque in a manner (not like Plop or Basil Wolverton, though) and the only thing I can think of to compare them to is the animation *** in The Beatles' Yellow Submarine (there were some things in the book that particularly reminded me of the Blue Meanies (the noses and eyes). They were all black and white line/ink drawings. They were often optical illusions or, in some cases, brain tricks of some sort (like the putting two fingers together and letting your eyes cross a little to make it look like there is one strange finger between them) and they were illustrated and there were some standard "What's different between these two pictures?" things in it. There were also very odd poems in it (I think). I look at this book endlessly as a kid because of the weirdness factor.
Any ideas mind-o-the-hive?