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A Locker of Limericks & A Handful of Shorts

ISBN: 9781535500999
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2016-07-25
Number of pages: 112
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Brian Monday's A Locker of Limericks depicts the not-so-hallowed halls of Stony Hills High, its classes crowded with a motley yet sympathetic cast of characters. There's Sabrina, the new kid; sophomoric Seth; the psoriatic Ms. Red; the weird-acting Mr. Lear; the worn-out Mrs. Margaret G. Rita; and the tragic track star, Al Vasquez, among others. Monday is an equal-opportunity satirist, targeting the widest possible range of types, from the bottom of the pedagogical scale to the top. From student to teacher, administrator to taxpayer--all are exposed in their meanness and vulnerability, then celebrated for their humanity. Miss Holly Schaal's delightful illustrations, the result of months' long collaboration between the author and his student, capture the spirit and comedy of the collection and prove, most authentically, what and whom the American public education system is capable of producing. The book ends with seven short stories that act as a countervailing addendum to the limericks and that showcase Monday's versatility in form and tone. (A presidential pet stages a coup and makes a successful bid for the White House. Two neighbors wait out the apocalypse in an underground bunker, while sharing a soda. A husband struggles to choose a Christmas gift for his wife who neither laughs nor cries. The gay son of a preacher leaves a rueful phone message for his parents.) For all its slimness, A Locker of Limericks & A Handful of Shorts delivers a wallop of both wit and empathy.

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