Childrens Fiction Ranulfo Joker

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Joker

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It spits, snarls, screams, curses, and laughs at the world. It mocks leaders and followers. Restores our faith in love and security or drives us mad.

Australian author Ranulfo has cracked open the story of Hamlet. This is what he's glued back together.

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Ranulfo was born once upon a time in the Philippines on a little island called Bohol. He now lives on a big island called Australia in a little city called Sydney. He studied clowning and tap dancing. He has painted and exhibited his strange paintings throughout Australia. He has won a short-story contest about a silly cat that ate Sydney. He has worked in the Tax Office and a video shop and cleaned railway carriages. Ranulfo is currently working on his second novel, written entirely in cat language.

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Grade 9 Up–Meet Matt, a 17-year-old Australian student whose once-stable life is crumbling. His parents have divorced, his mother has married disgusting Claude, and his best friend has just died. His buddies encourage him to drop out with them to avoid his problems, but his inner voice, called Joker, keeps pushing him toward avenging all the injustices overwhelming his life. This tale uses the basic elements of Shakespeares Hamlet, but numerous details and the language place it solidly in the 21st century. Instead of monologues, Ranulfo provides lengthy descriptions of Jokers antics as well as conversations between Joker and Matt. However, unlike the classic tale, Matt confronts Joker, overcomes the evil thoughts and behaviors that have nearly driven him to madness, and returns to his forgiving girlfriend. This novel has the potential to captivate young adults, and could easily lead to the exploration of Shakespeares tragedy. The text, divided into five acts that mirror the play, is fast paced, with chapters of one to three pages in length, many of them titled with references to Hamlet. Nevertheless, the Australian slang may be puzzling to American readers. Most collections seeking a jazzed-up approach would be better served by the comic-book Classics Illustrated: Hamlet (Berkley, 1990) or by Lisa Fiedlers Dating Hamlet: Ophelias Story (Holt, 2002).–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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