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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
After the Occurrence, ten-year-old Littlethumb Brooks discovers he's a genius by painting an astounding picture of the Mona Lisa. His Native American parents and his art teacher start to work together to further develop his talent and introduce him to fame with the help of publicist Dick Mann and Dick's first prodigy, Toxic Tommy. When a terrible fire accident happens, everything changes drastically. Author Truant D. Memphis delves into the themes of stardom, pop culture, secret societies, love, trust, and the supernatural. Some important characters include a deaf nanny, some cute monkeys, and a medicine man (Littlethumb's uncle). With a little dark humor and a thoughtful blend of suspense and pleasant surprises, Littlethumb Sneezed packs a bittersweet experience that leaves a lasting impression.
I would have to give a second read to Littlethumb Sneezed to catch and fully understand all the smart remarks and hidden humor. You sneeze, and you miss it, so don't. In fact, if you love to have a good laugh at the ironies of human society, you shouldn't miss this book as a whole. Warning! It contains some vulgar words and discussions about wild sexual acts and drug addiction. I found it especially interesting how Truant D. Memphis depicts the mind of a ten-year-old kid from the perspectives of a kid and that of an adult. Truant also gives a unique personality and voice to the narrator in his story, which creates a sense of familiarity. I saw some aspects of myself in the characters as they felt real and believable. In conclusion, I loved Littlethumb Sneezed and the warm, glowing feeling it gave me.