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The Stupids Die (1981): Den Dumme Mannen

Harry Allard, The Stupids Die (Houghton Mifflin, 1981)


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…and they all went to heaven in a little row boat!

I stumbled upon this, which turns out to be the third in a series, at my local library’s book sale a couple of months ago and couldn’t resist it based on the title. I wasn’t sure it was going to end up being age-appropriate for the bean (or any kid, really) for the same reason, but it ended up being fine. My son (seventeen months) is too young to get all the cognitive disjunct here, but the early-school crowd should find it hilarious. For those of you who get the references, the actual plot of the book is a cross between Den Brysomme Mannen and the Tear Garden song “Valium”. If you don’t, well, trust me on this, it’s funny as all get-out and if you don’t know these books—I didn’t know them until now (I was a little too old for them in the early eighties, but they were off the backlist by the time I did bookstore work in ’91, and haven’t experienced any resurgence that I know of)—they’re worth going out of your way to find. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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