I’ve always loved reading and when I was a kid, I prized some of my books more than any of my toys. I read them over and over again, memorising the words and committing the illustrations to memory. I loved the smell of the pages and the shapes the words made as they spread out across the pages.
One of my favourite books when I was younger was a strange little hardback called Roger Bear. My mother wasn’t too crazy about the book because it was filled with very surreal illustrations (probably why I liked it so much – I was such a little weirdo) and had practically no punctuation or capitalisation. She probably thought reading unpunctuated books at such a young age would hinder my education and would end up with me confusing my commas with my semicolons or something (which didn’t happen).
The only other things I remember about the book are that it was a postmodern piece – there is a page with ‘glug’ written haphazardly and in different font sizes while roger bear drowns (yes, I know), and that there was a giant and an orange elephant.
Anyway, I don’t know what happened to my copy of the book. It’s probably in a box somewhere. For some reason, a couple of years ago I thought about the book and tried to Google it, but nothing came up when I typed in ‘roger bear’.
Today, though, I searched for it again and I FOUND A VIDEO OF THE THING. You cannot imagine how excited I am about this video. It is like watching a video of a long lost friend.
It also turns out the book was written By Michael McGear, Paul McCartney’s brother, which kinda explains the super weird illustrations.
Anyway, here’s the video ;)