Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing: A Puppet Learns How to Let Go

Call Me Drog is all about a boy called Parker who gets a dancing girl obsessed puppet stuck on his hand. It's as weird as it sounds. But it's also brilliant. Parker (I kept thinking about Thunderbirds too) comes from a broken home, his best friends a girl and he likes drawing. Things aren't looking good for him.

But then he gets a talking puppet stuck to his hand...

Call Me Drog is brilliant, original and funny. Drog is fascinating as a character, is he a magic evil puppet? Is Parker just a bit mental? You'll have to read the book to find out cos I ain't telling. But his relationship with Parker is great. Sometimes I wished he'd be a bit more hardcore nasty but it's a minor quibble.

Parker's perfect for his character. Nothing more to say there.

There's a good range of supporting characters around Drog and Parker and they're all quite believable and interesting. the plot unfolds at a good pace and stuff keeps happening to keep you interested. I ended up reading about a lot of the things mentioned in the book because they were interesting* (not that you have to, to get the book) which is certainly something in favour of it too.

But yeah, weird, original and brilliant!

Call me Drog's out now for about a fiver.

Cheers,

Mark

*I'm not just talking about the dancing girls.