Marie has created a whimsical hilarious game boekie that is for people without short-term memory deficit.
Beginning on page 3 you are in Kapalumpa and which is in dire danger, a hectapus, of course, is about to swallow it. You have two choices. I chose 11, because I'm brave. Well, sort of. I would choose a last drink 'before leaving Kapalumpa so that's 94. Clearly I am invigorated, I would never set foot in a gym and hate treadmills. So I end up in front of the 'giant mushroom tagliatella' (66) All of these options could work. I love the picture of cutting off a chunk and gobbling it up.
And the game goes on!
I like the idea of growing mushrooms. I'm like that, intriqued and then I take a little detour. But this detour takes me to a dead end. BUT I DO HAVE GREEN THUMBS. So I go back.
There is every temptation to cheat and find the perfect path through and I did find myself turning back and forth through pages, juggling double-digit numbers in my head and then in the end I read it straight through, imagining how Marie composed this. Did it require a map? The images are perfect for the words. It is the height of silliness, yet tells us so much about how we construct narrative. This is a little gem!