Jamie O'Rourke And The Big Potato

This spud is a dud. 

*It's not often you see a 3-D cover; if only the rest of the book had employed this raised image technology, we might have had something slightly more memorable  
*I don't love Tomie dePaola's style of illustration, but the pictures were detailed and colorful enough to hold your child's attention
*The font used was pleasant

*As someone who is almost as lazy as the titular character, it pains me to point out how the core message isn't really the kind of thing you want to glorify to kids 
*Worse than that is the idea that you should straight up rob people (or leprechauns) by force in order to get what you want 
*It's rare for me to go after the storyline in all three cons, but I'd be remiss not to point out that it's rather foolish for hungry people to turn down a source of food just because they'd grown tired of the taste

There are two ways you can look at a story based on an old folktale.  You could argue that printing and binding a classic tome preserves it for another generation.  Or you could say that the author is basically attaching her name to someone else's work then augmenting it with a few images to generate a profit for herself and her publishing house.  Of course, both are probably true; still, it's usually not a 50-50 split.  In the case of JOATBP, it's definitely more of the latter.  I think the world would be okay with any record of Mr. O' Rourke getting wiped off the books permanently.  It was a half-baked idea to begin with and deserves to be aggressively scalloped.  Let's hope this review mashes any further attempts at harvesting this bum crop.

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