“Noxious nest of nattering nincompoopery”

April 19, 2009 at 11:17 am 1 comment

odd_fish_comp_loHave you read James Kennedy’s The Order of Odd-Fish yet? You should.

Now, I don’t really like to do reviews of new-ish books here on this blog. That’s something I leave to the reviewers. What I do, however, do, is put up links to blogs and things I find entertaining in the world of kids and YA lit. And James Kennedy’s blog is super-entertaining.

His writing, both in the book and the blog, is lively and creative. So many of my biggest complaints about children’s literature is that it’s used as an asylum for poor prose. Great ideas, creative plots, complex characters, but mediocre prose. James Kennedy proves that this doesn’t have to be the case.

He’s also created a novel stuffed with symbolism and intriguing themes. Are there any academics out there looking for a kids book to write about? Choose this one. I can’t wait to read the articles that come out of The Order of Odd Fish.

No matter what, it’s a fun read, with fantastic artwork. Delacorte should be proud.

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  • 1. James Kennedy  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the nice comments about “The Order of Odd-Fish”! I’m really happy you enjoyed it.

    I too am waiting for the academics to start writing about me. As it happens, that’s how the story originated. A series of mixups at the DCFS and the University of Chicago provost’s office resulted in me raising a half-dozen orphan academics in the late nineties. The only way I could get them to behave was to improvise bedtime stories, and those soon grew into what became “The Order of Odd-Fish.” It was either that or the Baudrillard picture book again. No thank you!

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