Widgey Q. Butterfluff by Steph Cherrywell

Widgey Q. Butterfluff
by Steph Cherrywell
SLG Publishing, 2010

Hilarious. Insufferable sprite Widgey lives in a tree-stump cottage and spreads happiness and sunshine amongst the inhabitants of Snugglepump Valley (whether they like it or not) while foiling the schemes of Lord Meanskull and his emo hench-witches. There’s Mr. Beaver, whose every architectural project turns into a “big pile of dirty logs”, elaborate joke setups involving a flatulent Isaac Newton, lesbian ants with relationship problems, suicidal gingerbread men and Professor Schoolbug’s attempts to alchemise candy from vegetables – he dismisses reversing the polarity of a cucumber, because “that would just make it a pickle”.

Oh, and Widgey visits the North Pole and discovers that Santa Claus is actually a T-rex, who can “see you when you’re moving”.

In the cold light of day I can’t justify why I find this stuff so hilarious, except that I have a weakness for really, really well-timed jokes. If you loved Strawberry Shortcake* and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as a child, you’ll laugh your arse off at this.

(More of Cherrywell’s work: Intragalactic and Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy.)

* I just discovered that the soundtrack of Strawberry Shortcake (and the Care Bears) was supplied by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman from the Turtles, which is hard to reconcile after hearing their infamously filthy ‘Bwana Dik’ number from Zappa’s Fillmore East -June 1971 album.

2 Responses to “Widgey Q. Butterfluff by Steph Cherrywell”

  1. Hi! This is Steph, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! It’s always really nice to find a page saying such complimentary things, it’s what makes obsessively googling one’s work worthwhile! I’ve got another book coming out, supposed to be released in January – an adventure/sleuthing comedy called Pepper Penwell and the Land Creature of Monster Lake. I hope you’ll give it a look then!

  2. Yay! I hope you know how fortunate you are to have your book in a New Zealand library, not many New Zealand cartoonists can say the same thing.

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