Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People

Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People

Book - 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307360663
Characteristics: 131 p. :,col. ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Roumieu, Graham

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VirginiaRego Dec 14, 2012

A couple of somewhat 'good' tales, but most fell flat, in my opinion.

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Holly_Wood
Feb 11, 2012

This book made me laugh! The stories are short but feature some hilarious illustrations. If you appreciate dark/quirky humor I would recommend this book.

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dnl
Jan 11, 2012

I wasn’t sure about this one for a bit while I was reading. Once I got over my discomfort, I really enjoyed the sick sense of humour and the illustrations. “Hans, the weird exchange student” and “Kevin, the minivan with extremely low morals” are my two favourites and I read them aloud to my girlfriend. The very contemporary nature of these tales is wonderful and I can see the North Shore in them for sure.

quagga Dec 18, 2011

At first glance, Graham Roumieu's full-colour illustrations and the sparse text on each page make this look like a kid's book. It is not. One child is barfing copious amounts and another has pooped his pants right there on the front cover. The stories are nasty and gory and bad behaviour goes unpunished. Hee hee hee!

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ceedeegee57
Dec 05, 2011

Hugely disappointing.
I've liked other Coupland fiction but this strikes me as a cash grab.
Some pages have only 5 lines on them and no illustrations, and this very slim volume still comes in at only 131 pages.
Most tales are silly/stupid not clever at all. The illustrations are often simply filler, rarely clever, and occasionally simply baffling.
The story about the odd foreign student worked best - it had some clever and playful turns and twists - otherwise these feel like someone trying too hard to be "naughty".
Try H. Belloc's "cautionary tales" if you want funny and dark. (Maltilda:Who Told Lies is priceless.)

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LT
Nov 30, 2011

I was amused by the tale of the Action Figure With Issues, and Cindy the Inappropriate Role Model had her moments. Otherwise I found the stories dopey and forgettable.

I enjoyed the frontispiece illustration of Medusa, and wished there had been a story to go with it.

debwalker Oct 22, 2011

What do you do when your zombie substitute teacher gets hungry? Not for children!

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Raiiner
Jul 22, 2011

Every story made me laugh, but uncomfortably. It actually is a bit disturbing but ultimately hilarious.

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