A Picture Of Finn Farting [BEST]
At TCAF 2011, Emma wrote a note to Pendleton Ward (creator of cartoon Adventure Time) reading that he should name his next album and describe its sound in three words. Pendleton responded by drawing a picture of Finn (protagonist of Adventure Time) farting and writing the words "poop", "butt" and "fart" next to the drawing. Emma took this as "his cue to make something unprecedentedly stupid and without inhibition". The picture of Finn later became the cover art for the album (and appeared in the promotional video).
A Picture Of Finn Farting
Zuri has been jealous at the fact that counselors and CITs can do what they want at night. She is approached by Hazel and is given an opportunity to be a CIT at Cabin Weasel where Lydia and the other campers there give her a hard time. Meanwhile, Ravi is enlisted by Gladys to oversee the art auction at Camp Kikiwaka which all of Moose Rump, Maine will attend as Jorge and Griff plan to get out of painting by quoting that the colt Wildfire can paint upon being inspired by Ravi's claim of an Indian elephant once painting a picture.
Following suggestions from the campers, Emma ends a camp ban on cell phones. Zuri accidentally falls onto a recently painted bench and becomes covered in paint, an event that is recorded by the campers' cell phones. Her fall becomes an Internet meme that goes viral, and she becomes obsessed with maintaining her new followers. Zuri searches the Internet for new viral video ideas and creates live streams, leaving no time for her camp duties, which upsets Emma. Meanwhile, Ravi and Lou learn that Murphy has become a chef at Camp Champion, and they agree to his challenge of creating meals to compete for the most Internet "likes." Murphy creates a life-sized butter sculpture of himself, while Ravi and Lou create a tower of seafood. When applying a food item to the tower, Ravi falls and knocks over the tower, and Lou's recording of the incident goes viral, earning them more "likes" than Murphy's butter sculpture. Meanwhile, Finn takes separate selfie pictures with Destiny and Matteo, both of whom become jealous when they see the images online. Finn questions Matteo and Destiny about their jealousy; he learns that prior to camp, Destiny did not have many friends and Matteo was frequently left out of activities. Finn convinces them that they are all best friends, and Emma chooses to reinstate the cell phone ban so the campers can enjoy the camp rather than become obsessed with their phones.
The context is a realistic family one. Colfer's art here is deceptively simple, but none the less art for that. Oliver Jeffers' The Way Back Home is a sophisticated picture book which works on a symbolic level. The relationship between text and image is interesting and varied. Line and colour are subtly developed from night skies to mountain landscapes. They embody the limitless possibilities of childhood imagination. There is lots of space for the child to enjoy and interpret along with an adult reader. This text, like Colfer's, would appeal primarily to pre-school boys.
Frank McCourt's Angela and The Baby Jesus is a gentle old-fashioned Christmas story which reminds the adult reader of Angela's Ashes, but without the angry cynicism of that book. The use of the Hiberno- English dialect of the Limerick variety is very refreshing at a time when globalisation is increasingly eliminating regional or national idioms in children's books. This is a positive feel-good version of poverty-stricken Limerick in the early 20th century, when even priest and policeman are decent and kind and faith is shared by all. There is rather too much text in relation to pictures for it to work happily with younger readers, however, and the relationship between text and pictures is very static.
Tom Kelly's The Thing with Finn is an interesting exploration of intense loss and grief in the character of his 10-year-old protagonist and narrator, Danny, who has recently lost his identical twin brother, Finn. Because of the language used and the degree of telling and reflection, it could lose readers of 10 and seem too youthful for older readers. There is also a difficulty with Danny as narrator in that the voice is not maintained and the language uneven. The funny 10-year-old boyhood obsession with bodily functions such as farting etc does not quite match the somewhat prudish way in which Danny refers continually to his "bottom", instead of using a more popular term like "bum". It is, however, a very promising first book for children. 041b061a72