Derpy Dirk and the Fight with the School Bully by the Flagpole at Lunch (The Quirky, Nerdy, and Entirely Original Elementary School Adventures of Derpy Dirk) by Derp Sandwich
The author, Derp Sandwich, makes a clear disclaimer that this is not a children’s story and that is quite true. It is much more Southpark than Mr Men that is for sure. In Derp’s own words: Derpy Dirk is your average kid, except for one thing: he’s totally nerdy and quirky and not actually average at all! Join Dirk in this kooky adventure as he tries to get along with his annoying and often physically abusive siblings, withstands an unrelenting onslaught of juvenile humor, and even faces the dreaded school bully in a battle that is quite literally to-the-death. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and I will be rewarded by scoring millions of sales and a movie deal for following the same tired formula that your kids eat up every single time.
From my perspective, this is a weirdly entertaining book. It tells an outrageous story of an outcast and his run in with a bully. I enjoyed Derp Sandwich’s writing style and the occasional drawings. These graphics were splendid and delightfully additive rather than being an unnecessary de-focus.
This is a humor book that has its dark side; it is a satire that is close to the truth for some people. Life is difficult for the different and then as Melvin points out we are all different. There is a massive focus on bullying round my way just now and I recall well the problem from my own days at school. It was never particularly serious for me at least. What the bullies call ‘pranks’ would be hiding some kid’s clothes at gym or pushing the odd kid around in the queue. As the poor sod on the receiving end this type of behavior can be devastating and traumatic at the time. Of course, the important thing to know is that it does end. We grow up and move on. So, while I enjoyed the book, it did make me think about the issue of bullying and the problems it causes. It is not something to be taken lightly but Derp Sandwich is not trying to change the world. The author has produced a satirical work that is well written. It is not exactly the world’s most innovative plot, but it was not only thought provoking in me, it also was entertaining as well.
So, do nerds rule? No, probably not at school, but the big wide world is full of a lot of very well paid and powerful nerds. I can see great things happening in Derpy Dirk’s future, whether he is involved or not is yet to be determined!