Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hansel and Diesel

Author: David Gordon

First line: At the edge of a huge junkyard lived brother and sister pickup trucks.

Why you should read this book: A deliciously ridiculous riff off Hansel and Gretel, this book recounts the adventures of two little trucks searching for fuel in the dark, foreboding junkyard that is their home. The child-abandonment element is discarded in this tale, but everything else, from the trail of bolts they leave to mark their way, to the wicked winch who lures them into her fabulous service station has its counterpart in the original. Very silly, very enjoyable.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't believe in messing with the classics.

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