Funny, clever, macabre: All are good words to describe the picture book Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver. Patrick Loehr, a professor of art at Metropolitan State College, wrote and illustrated this tale about a hungry student faced by a menacing lunch lady and her mystery meat.
Loehr previously published another scary meat story titled Macumber McGee and the Half-Eaten Hot Dog, in which the ravenous Macumber is caught eating a raw hot dog by his sister. Horrified, she cries out
“Oh, Mucumber, Mucumber
what is it you are doing?
What is it you are holding?
What is it you are chewing?”
Loehr will sign his books today, April 19, 1 to 3 p.m. at the annual Colorado Authors’ Open House to be held at Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway.
The irreverent author can also be visited at his author website where you can see a wide variety of his quirky, colorful art. You will find lots of sublime silliness there, such as the statement that he “was raised by a pack of Lamas.” Does he mean the furry kind or the Tibetan monk kind? No matter; it is a fun read.
Alicia Rudnicki, Denver Library Examiner, examiner.com, 2008