Un Lun Dun: Book Review

January 12th, 2012 by

un-lun-dun-china-mievilleYesterday I was looking at stuff online and came across a poster that was all about reminding people to recycle. The poster said: “Don’t be trashy.” I said: “HA HA HA HA!”

As you can tell, I LOVE puns! Don’t you love puns? They really make life punderful.

One of my favorite punny books is Un Lun Dun by China Miéville. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as well-known as the pun-packed classic The Phantom Tollbooth, so I’m here to spread the word. Get it? Spread the word! Just consider me a pun prophet, if you will…

Un Lun Dun is a fantasy adventure about two London schoolgirls who find their way to an alternate version of the city that lies underground (UnLondon — get it?). This subterranean world is populated with ghosts, trash that’s come to life, a talking book that announces prophecies, and a colorful cast of characters — some friendlier than others, and some less friendly than they might seem. Can two girls from regular London save this fantastical world from an evil pollution being called the Smog? Obviously, I’m not going to tell you; you’ll just have to read the book to find out!

And you REALLY REALLY REALLY should read this book. Not only is the story completely gripping, but as I mentioned, it’s also full of PUNS! Broken umbrellas as known as unbrellas. Black windows (ferocious windows with eight legs) guard Webminster Abbey. And, of course, there are ninja trash cans known as binjas. Of course.

So if you love wordplay as much as I do (if that’s even possible), or if you just want an exciting read, then it’s time for a journey to Un Lun Dun!

— Karen

Like all New Yorkers, Karen spends a good amount of time beneath the city — riding the subway. But luckily, she hasn’t spotted any trash moving around. Unfortunately, there’s already plenty of movement from the rats…

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2 Responses

  • Katy writes:
    January 12th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Ooh, yes, this is a good un!

    Lots of adventure and unexpected turns… makes you think about what’s under our city streets and what the whatevers might be doing!!

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      January 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Ha ha, nice pun! Or should I say: nice un! 🙂

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