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After The Fall - A Book Review

Updated on January 8, 2014

As an adult have you ever been reading your way through a current best selling novel of epic length and found yourself wishing for a little something to break up the sea of words?

Have you ever felt nostalgic for the days when your books had pictures.

I just finished a book that will take you back to that time, while still offering you a grown up story.

"After the Fall" by Victoria Roberts is an illustrated novel for adults.

It starts off with Alan, arriving home from school, being alerted by his sister that the family is "ruined."

His mother is indisposed and can't talk to him. His father only tells him that "everything is gone," without any elaboration as to where it has gone to, or how it was lost.

He falls asleep that night and wakes up the next morning in New York's Central Park.

His whole family, including the pugs and housekeepers, have been moved to Central Park.

Not only the family, but all of their belongings also have been moved. Even their art is there, hanging in the trees They still have everything except a roof over their heads.

Their life in the park is not too rough. Pops is an inventor, and his inventions allow them to live fairly comfortably. The housekeeper keeps working, for free. They are being charitably fed by a chef from Pops favorite restaurant. Eventually Pops even invents a way to feed them himself, by turning fumes into food.

Things seem to be going smoothly, but winter is coming. Nights are getting cold, and Mother is getting more and more unhappy.

Will they spend the rest of their lives in Central Park, or will Pops be able to invent their way out of this prediciment? You'll have to read the book to find out.

I think the illustrations were my favorite part of this novel. They show what is happening on any given page, whether its the pugs not cooperating in wearing baby clothes, or Pops turning himself into a coconut and a hamburger. And some of them are downright funny, not showing realisticly whats happening, but offering up visual puns.

Below are a small sampling of some of the books illustrations, so you can get a feel of what the book LOOKS like.

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This fun cover caught my eye on a library shelf after I thought I had picked out all I would read.The family, Pop, Mother, Alan and Alex, and their loyal housekeepers.Their 3 pugs.Pops at home, telling Alan they had lost everything.Pops hunting for wine in his Central Park wine cellar.Mother considers strangling swans for supper.Sis on her Reading RockPops showing off his new invention the HOP.
This fun cover caught my eye on a library shelf after I thought I had picked out all I would read.
This fun cover caught my eye on a library shelf after I thought I had picked out all I would read.
The family, Pop, Mother, Alan and Alex, and their loyal housekeepers.
The family, Pop, Mother, Alan and Alex, and their loyal housekeepers.
Their 3 pugs.
Their 3 pugs.
Pops at home, telling Alan they had lost everything.
Pops at home, telling Alan they had lost everything.
Pops hunting for wine in his Central Park wine cellar.
Pops hunting for wine in his Central Park wine cellar.
Mother considers strangling swans for supper.
Mother considers strangling swans for supper.
Sis on her Reading Rock
Sis on her Reading Rock
Pops showing off his new invention the HOP.
Pops showing off his new invention the HOP.

If you like the art of this book, you might like other art from the New Yorker.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      You write a great review....makes me what to read this book. It does sound like a good break from pages and pages and no pictures...and for adults.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      good book review, thank you for sharing.

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      noner 3 years ago

      @April Wier: Thanks. I try to keep track every year, and always lose count. Hopefully making a lens of each of them will help.

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      April Wier 3 years ago

      What a fun way to remember the books you've read.