Saturday, 20 September 2014
Review: Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 1st, 2012
Parker is a quiet, introverted eleven-year-old boy, coming to terms with his parents' divorce, when he stumbles upon Drog, an ugly green puppet left in the rubbish. But Drog is no ordinary puppet; he's a talking, sarcastic, obnoxious puppet...who won't let go of Parker's hand! Worst of all, no one believes that Drog - not Parker - is saying all of the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. When his best friend stops talking to him, and his dad threatens to sign him up to the Bradley Military Academy however, Parker finds that Drog is the only one he can talk to - and discovers that some of the things he says aren't all so obnoxious after all. And as Parker takes up aikido and builds up the courage to stand up to his father, he finds himself letting go of his worries...and finally, Drog lets go of his hand.
Call Me Drog is an unusual, understated middle grade book that I ended up really enjoying. It's quirky and heartfelt, mixing a serious plot with a crazy, hilarious twist - a talking puppet!
Eleven-year-old Parker is shy and quiet, and is doing his best to get through his parents' divorce. Everything is going ok until he finds a puppet at a junk yard - a puppet with a name and a voice! Soon Drog shows himself for the outspoken, rude person he is, and an unlikely quasi-friendship is born.
Although Parker initially sees Drog as nothing more than a freaky hindrance, he soon comes to appreciate and rely on his company. Drog helps him out quite a lot, by giving him advice and literally being here for him ALL the time. He pushes Parker to try new things and meet new people and, even though he's only a puppet, it works. Drog himself is funny yet strangely mysterious, never giving a straight answer or fully revealing anything of any importance. His one-liners are excellent, though, and I loved his sarcastic humour!
Call Me Drog is a book that has flown under the radar somewhat, though I have no idea why. It's unlike any other children's book I've read, mainly due to the whole concept of Drog permanently fixing himself to someone's hand. It's humorous and completely ludicrous but also heartwarming at the same time. I will be keeping a very close eye on this author and I hope Drog might reappear in the future!