Like the past few years I once again made the resolution to review all books I read this year. Last year I got close, 90 out a total of 91. This year, I am determined to make is 100%. But then I came across this book. The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Wiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss, illustrated by Nate Taylor, is something quite out of the ordinary. For one thing, it is not a children's book.. The creators are quite clear about that right from the start. Despite their clear intent to spare the innocent psyche of children these books are usually meant for, I can't help but wonder where Rothfuss found the guts to publish something like this.
Consider, after years of painful therapy you have carefully transformed the thing under the bed from a lurking monster to a warm and comforting presence in the bedroom. Like having the cat sleep at your feet or having a loving parent look in on you while you sleep. And then, after finally managing a good night sleep without having to suppress the urge to check for monsters under the bed, Mr Rothfuss comes along and pulls a stunt like this. HOW DARE YOU! How do you think you'll EVER be able to explain this to Oot? This calls for mass book burnings and voodoo dolls I tell you! As if our lives are not already filled with horrors, you have to add princesses and teddy bears to the list! Why do you think people seek refuge in fantasy anyway? Thank to YOU and your accomplice Mr. Taylor, do not for a moment think your part in this crime will be forgotten, I will have to check under the bed again! You know, just to see if it is still there...
I'm not the only one who does that right?
In other words, I kinda dig their sense of humour ;)
Title: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Wiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Illustrations: Nate Taylor
Publisher: Subterranean Press
First published: 2010