Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim: Review

Written by Tom Corwin / Illustrated by Craig Frazier
Flying Dolphin Press
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It’s hard to say exactly what kind of book “Mr. Fooster” is. At about 100 pages, half of which are pictures, it first seems to be a read for children. According to its front, however, it’s “a visual novel.” And I suppose that’s a pretty accurate description. This is a tale of whimsy (well, of course) and imagination that will charm and enthrall it’s readers. The world of Mr. Fooster is both very real and highly imagined. There’s stuff of reality making an appearance – things like ebay and Scrabble. Then there’s a magical can of bubbles that can create things like cars and magnifying glasses. And as for the sense of wonder that Fooster invokes on his journey, well, it might be more ethereal than most children’s books, despite the Seuss-isms that make cameos. Things like: “If the brain is made of 80 percent water, what might the ocean be thinking?” and “How come it takes more muscles to frown than to smile?” Yeah, it’ll get you thinking about some stuff, for sure. The writing is effervescent and engaging, and the illustrations by Frazier are quite wonderful. If you have a few minute to spare, Fooster’s your man.

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Author: JP

JP SARNI is a producer and writer who holds a BFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Producer credits include: "Heartland" (short / set to premiere at the 2007 San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival), "The Launch" (short), readings of the rock opera "Utah's Crying" under his Métropole Ink production entity, plus "Play Ball! A Trilogy of Baseball Films" (associate producer) and "Flashback" (producer / showcase production) for Weird Sisters. For two years, he worked as a producer and on-air reporter for SIRIUS Satellite Radio (on programs including "The Judith Regan Show"). He has just finished line producing the feature-length documentary, The Pennhurst Project, for Radioaktivefilm NYC (The Ground Truth), and will next be line producing Charles Forbes' Minor Gods for the Summer Play Festival at Theatre Row. Additionally, he has worked for legendary publicist Bobby Zarem, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and numerous film production credits, including: Alfie, WTC View, and the upcoming P.S., I Love You.

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