10 June 2009

Book Review: Buster Climbs the Walls

I vaguely remember some Bush-era controversy over the PBS spinoff show Postcards From Buster dignifying (!!!) gay lifestyles by acknowledging them in one episode, to the point that neo-conservatives were using it as the platform du jour to justify cutting funding to PBS.

Cover image of Buster Climbs the Walls
There's nothing that exciting brewing on the surface of Marc Brown's book Postcards From Buster: Buster Climbs the Walls, as it gracefully shies away from that kind of controversy. At the same time, it persistently hints at a much larger and more traumatizing subject, at least for the main character.

Buster's father hides a terrible truth under those fake bunny ears
It's obvious from this picture that Buster's father himself is living a lie. That's right, he's clearly a normal human who's grafted novelty bunny ears to his scalp in an ill-advised effort to postpone a crushing realization for the freakishly enormous talking rabbit he's been raising as a son.

Let it go, Buster's "dad"... we've all got to cross that old bridge someday, and you'd better let Buster cross his in his own time without any more of your creepy interference. Or, failing that, at least buy yourself a goddamn bunny nose... you look ridiculous.

Other than that, the book's okay, I guess.

8 comments:

Middle Aged Woman said...

Buster's dad is human? WTF?

Mary said...

Like Steve Martin in the Jerk, not knowing he's adopted when he's white and his parents are black.

Sass Pizzazz said...

Somehow, the phrase "goddamn bunny nose" is the funniest thing I've read today. Hope you're all having a good vacation!

Youngblood4ever said...

You mean if the kids don't look like the dad it is obvious he isn't the father? Shhhh, don't tell Hubby that, he might question.... ;)

Mrs. B. Roth said...

For the safety of the world: I thought maybe if I knew what Buster's mom looked like, I could make a better determination of the actual situation. Don't, I repeat DO NOT simply Google "Buster's mom" without strict filters. (What the heck, perverted internet?!)

I think it's like the Secret of NIMN, some kind of crazy science experiment to breed highly intelligent animals ... maybe that is why they are always on the road ... "dad" was ordered to terminate the "project" and couldn't go through with it. I bet that's the true back story.

And finally, wow, the way you tag stuff ...

Isabel Princes said...

When I first saw the pic before scrolling down I thought you photoshoped the illustration for an upcoming joke. Did no one else notice that before going to print?
Hilarious commentary by the way lol.

Karen MEG said...

I think the real story is with Buster's mother, she's got some 'splainin' to do ;).

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