ChiIL Mama was
sucked in and swept away by the anarchist fairy
tale, 3 Dead Princes. Our whole family
enjoyed Princess Stormy's induction into The Order of The
Accidental Adventurers and her first wild journey lead by a Fool.
Danbert Nobacon is witty, wicked,
and wonderfully unconventional. He gets extra bonus
points because he doesn't dumb down the English language for
readers. His uniquely inventive vocabulary even resulted in
a 6 page glossary of new words at the end of the fairy tale!
Nobacon's mythical creatures are
imaginatively absurd, and the one off references to classics
like Shakespeare, Alice in Wonderland
and myths had me snorting aloud as I read to the kids.
We loved the giant cat with the "Lancashire
smile" and the inclusion of Rosenstern
and Guildenkrantz .
created a descriptive, post apocalyptic world that adults and
children will relish exploring together. Of course, Alex
Cox's illustrations of great hairy beasties and freaky people
add to the tale.
I was raving to another pierced, tattooed Mama friend about how
much we were digging this book, while our kids hung from trapezes,
ropes and silks in a great Circesteem aerial class. She
asked to borrow it and said what I thought was "These are art
people." I hastily agreed, "Yeah, art people and musicians."
What can I say, I was front row at Riot Fest the night
before, shooting pixs of The Circle Jerks and Bad
Religion, without earplugs, so my hearing was temporarily
worse for the wear. She laughed, enunciated and
said "No, OUR people." Yes,
indeed. Even more so. This is THE fairy tale for OUR
There are some off color remarks, a
smattering of 4 letter words, 3 accidental murders, a newly
menstruating tween protagonist, and a few paragraph long sentences
that may leave you gasping for breath, if you are reading aloud.
However, if you're not particularly prudish, Nobacon's
first novel is pretty appropriate for most kids elementary and up,
and a fun read that hides a myriad of true gems of wisdom.
I was so jazzed to read "Tools over
weapons, my dear girl," said the Bird. Ideas over
ideologies. Like the wonderlook. It helps us see
things in new ways. If we have the tools and the imagination
to look at the world afresh, then we will never cease to be
startled by what we find in it." Truly words to live
Danbert Nobacon is better known
as a singer, song writer and founding member of
the anarchist punk band, Chumbawumba. The back cover
proclaims he loves children and animals. This is his first
book. Alex Cox is better known for his film making skills.
He loves monsters.
Nobacon's first novel continues his clever reeducation of the world
in the true nature of the original anarchists. He writes
"There was an actual anarchist prince in old Russia, called Peter
Kropotkin. And contrary to the stereotyped image of the
black-cloaked, bomb-throwing anarchist, Kropotkin was a rational,
articulate thinker. He developed a theory of the human
tendency toward cooperation, or mutual aid as he called it, rooted
not in wishful thinking, but in observable science."
This book has Iggy
Pop's seal of approval right on the cover.
He says, "It definitely rocks! I
ought to know." Jessica Mills, author
of My Mother Wears Combat Boots,
calls 3 Dead Princes, "An alternative fairy
tale for anarchist/punk/fellow traveler parents to read with their
ChiIL Mama recommends this funny
fairy tale about girl power, peace, and the overarching value of a
world view that celebrates cooperation, intelligence, curiosity,
exploration, creativity, magic and diversity.
Danbert Nobacon will be
The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square at 7:00pm
tonight (Thursday) for a reading, so you can get your own
signed copy and meet the mastermind himself.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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