Christopher’s Choice: Each week, C gets four or five books out of the library, and picks one as his favourite, and I review it. This is this week’s choice.
POINTS: 2 out of 10.
Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story: 2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 0 points
I can’t say much ‘worthy’ about this book, apart from the fact that it is a lot of fun. There is no Bechdel pass and no notable diversity (but since all the characters are different kinds of food, that’s a bit of a red herring).
It is great fun though. Bacon becomes very popular, and it goes to his head. He forgets all his old friends, gets way to involved in his own fame and popularity – “Who needs friends when you have fans?” he asks. And then… he gets eaten. Because, well, of course.
There’s no redemption, and I suppose if there’s a message it’s something like, if you treat your friends crappily, you deserve to get eaten. 😉
The story is a bit thin, to be honest, but it’s still pretty funny, and C obviously thought it was great. I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a classic of literature – it’s not particularly clever, or even really particularly well written (though I did enjoy the nod to ukuleles), but it is pretty fun, and rather amusing.
It wouldn’t have been my choice of the options he had, but this feature is called “Christopher’s Choice” for a reason, and at the end of the day, kids like what they like. Certainly, it won’t do any harm. 😉
Also, I mean, bacon is delicious. So there’s that.