Another witty part of the Mud Flat series is the characters - all animals or birds of some sort. Some wear clothes, others do not, all very surreal but totally acceptable. The universe Stevenson has created makes no sense and perfect sense all at once. The animals all have plain Jane names too - a duck named Megan, a fox named George, a quail named Dorothy (with no clothes) talking to an alligator named Newt (with no clothes) and a pig named Ashley (in clothes) trying to trick a bear (or a dog?) named Mr. Hawley, who is only wearing a sports coat (but no pants - although the only way we know he's a mister is from the story - he has much genitalia as Ken or Donald Duck). That's the surreal place known as Mud Flat, a place Alice (of Wonderland fame) would feel quite at home in.
Mud Flat April Fool by James Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Maybe Mud Flat is acquired taste. Maybe it's some sort of boy humor (I noticed all the other reviewers were female). Maybe deadpan, droll humor is appreciated by some and not by others. Whatever. I really love Mud Flat, and Chapter 3 "The Daffodil" made me laugh out loud. Mud Flat is next door to Wonderland and Oz, what with all the animals - some wearing clothes and others not, where a quail with no clothes named Dorothy and a pig in clothes named Ashley have a conversation with an alligator with no clothes named Newt about playing a trick on a bear (or a bulldog?) named Mr. Hawley who is wearing a red sport coat and nothing else (like Donald Duck or Ken, he has no noticeable genitalia and we only know he's a mister by the text). Why doesn't this warrant more stars? It's surreal nonsense of the best kind, but funny.
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