Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Darker Seuss: Extra Grim Fairy Tales of Even Grimmer Existence by Dr. Matthew McKeague is a hilariously arresting collection of five short stories that will both entertain readers and provoke them to think about life. This is a perfect collection of five stories told in verse, very beautiful verse, with lines that will ring eloquently through the reader’s heart; they are sometimes grim, sometimes humorous, and at times a powerful reflection of life itself. Readers will discover Dave, a hopeless man struggling to get a handle on life, an old grandfather writes unusual notes to his grandchildren, and then the kid who gets stuck in a crushing rut.
There is so much to these tales, more than the mere art of telling stories. The language is so beautiful with powerful rhymes that ring through like music to the ears. The author has a gift for humor and it is seamlessly woven into the stories so that readers find themselves laughing as they read on. For instance:
“I am shabby and flabby and falling apart.
From my gut to my butt to my clearly clogged heart.
My memory’s fading. I notice more napping.
When I try jumping jacks, my back fat starts clapping.”
Darker Seuss: Extra Grim Fairy Tales of Even Grimmer Existence is a masterpiece, a great work of poetry with very relevant and well-executed illustrations. Although the stories are entertaining, each story has many lessons that readers can apply to life. Yes, one can’t help thinking while reading the stories. I enjoyed the great characters, the uniqueness and the clarity of the persona’s voice, and above all, the humor that permeates every line of this great poetry. Dr. Matthew McKeague is a great writer.