The Kissing Bug

The Kissing Bug

by Daniel Scott Buck




In the tradition of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, Tim Burton's The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, and the eerie Victorian tales of Edward Gorey, comes a dark yet tender story for children and adults.

During the dreary era of the first world war, on an old country farm, there exists a kingdom of the creepiest, nastiest, and strangest of bugs called kissing bugs . . . also known as assassin bugs. They are militant, paranoid insects that enjoy drinking blood from plump caterpillars, baby spiders, and even human lips and eyelids. All of them except for Kristopher, a bohemian among the kissing bugs, who only takes the blood of caterpillars to paint pictures of the woman he loves. The other bugs must never know that Kristopher is in love with a human woman, it is his most guarded secret, especially once they go to war with every creature who doesnt follow the Kissing Bug Way.

Featuring Leyenda the gossipy ladybug, Klondyke the fat greedy sycophant, Booty the batty old balloonist who makes her balloons out of the skins of caterpillars, and General Khevron the sadistic warmonger whose instruments of torture can force his enemies to confess to just about anything.

The Kissing Bug is as bleak and disquieting as it is charming and whimsical. An allegorical tale that will likely endure for many generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933929675
Publisher: Spunk Goblin Press
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

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tankexmortis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Kissing Bug is a clever, witty, and above all unique children's book, one of the first published by Spunk Goblin Press, the new children's imprint of Eraserhead Press, prominent bizarro fiction publisher. With a decidedly dark sense of humor, the book focuses on a group of kissing bugs, also known as assassin bugs - creepy insects that paralyze and drain the blood of larger prey. One kissing bug, a decidedly Bohemian painter named Kristopher, must confront the mainstream kissing bug society to protect the human family he loves, and therein lies our story. Despite a slightly doddering beginning, the tale is quick and interesting throughout, with excellent illustrations. I'm not a child, but I do enjoy children's books, and this is a very good one. It is a little morbid, and even the tiniest tad bit lewd at a couple points, but I think it would be appropriate for any child over age 5 or so, and I expect such a child would enjoy the book very much, as would their parents.