Page 45 Review by Stephen
"In our flat snails come out at night."
Same! Do they come through the cat-flap?
"It's pretty rare to see one indoors during the day."
Same again! I seldom see the ninja-like, nocturnal culprits who presumably exit as stealthily as they come in, knowing exactly when I'm going to pop downstairs to make my morning cuppa. The only evidence of their existence / trespass is a shiny silver map of their uninvited transgression. Truly it is a mystery to me yet, I concede, I do love a mystery.
"Hello, little fella," says Jack on the one rare sighting of his slow, slime-trailing intruder.
"Argh! Make a break for it!" thinks the startled but inherently sloth-like snail, and if that's not pure Gary Northfield, then I don't know what is. Instead of Gary's bog-eyed brilliance, however, our meandering mollusc retains an exterior insouciance, something he probably picked up from Sun Tsu's 'Art Of War'.
Brougham does leave his artistic invertebrate a little light reading for its night-time "peregrinations" (good word!). Do you think it will be appreciatively absorbed?
This is great: a small, affordable, observational truth in the vein of Joe Decie (I BLAME GRANDMA et al - infer what you will) and just like the snail Jack has kindly squiggled inside all these copies too.
From the creator of THE LIBRARIAN, this is roughly the size of a starfish, depending on what size your starfish is.