International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year:
and the Storyteller by Tom Glaister
Firecrest Publishing Ltd; (Aug 2008); Pages: 260
and the Storyteller
is the kind of book that is ageless. Ostensibly a novel for older
children, it's the kind of book their parents will sneak in to borrow
once they've fallen asleep.
With echoes of The Never Ending Story, Bozo and the Storyteller
turns the concept on its head by suggesting the we are, in fact,
just characters in a Story. Somewhere, on a planet made of cheese,
a bunch of foolish creatures called Bloons gather around a rock
each night to hear the Storyteller tell the latest chapter in the
antics of Hoomanity.
We learn that our
mobile Fones have tiny teeth that eat away at our sunsets and good conversations,
that inside lightbulbs are imprisoned creatures of light called Phootons
and that most Hoomans are prisoner to the flashing images of the Hypnosis
All is not well in Bloonland, however, as the Storyteller announces
that he's dying and that when he passes away, the Story shall be no
A Bloon by the name of Bozo volunteers to enter the Story,
however, and go look for a Cure. He teams up with a 9 year old boy called
Theo and the two of them travel the planet looking for a way t heal
Meeting mystics and sages in Europe, the Middle East, India and the
US, they find themselves pursued by a mysterious force known only as
The Enemy. As they go on they find that there may be more to the Storyteller's
illness than they bargained for
Bozo and the Storyteller is a book to make you laugh, think and maybe,
just maybe, look up at the sky and wonder if an old man is talking about
you right now to the raucous laughter of a gang of Bloons.
Hayes Jan 2009
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