The Boy Who Lost His Face – Louis Sachar
March 8, 2010 § 13 Comments
Honestly, when I looked at the title of this book, I thought it was going to be scary. I mean, can you imagine what it would be like for a boy to actually lose his face?! How gruesome would that be? I’ve had nightmares like that, seeing people with no face! But on the back cover, I found this:
A wildly funny and thought-provoking book…
Immediately, my brain went “Whoa!” How is a boy losing his face ‘funny’?
As it turns out, the book is immensely hilarious. It starts of with a boy, David, who goes along with his ex-best friend Scott and a couple of ‘cool boys’ to play this prank on an odd old lady. They throw lemonade in her face, break the pitcher, trip her rocking chair so that she falls on her back, causing her underpants to show, and steal her cane. David, having done none of the naughty things, decides to ‘show her the finger’ because he has something to prove. They say she’s a witch, and that she cursed David.
Soon, bad things start to happen. It seems that everything that happened to the old lady is now happening to David. He’s getting all the bad luck for something that he didn’t do. He tries to convince himself that everything’s just a coincidence, but really, is that what it is? Or did the old lady really put a curse on him?
The book was a really quick read, and a rather enjoyable one. At the back of my head, I kept thinking, so what has all this got to do with the boy losing his face? How does he lose his face? Does he ever? What’s it going to be like when it happens?
Definitely a funny book, very witty. And for the life of me, I can’t see why this book had been banned/challenged. I’d pass this book on to my 10-year-old cousin if I had one.