Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Josh and Jasper and the Tale of Snoozefoxie

The snoozefoxie, a hedgehog-like creature, comes out of a six-year-old boy's nose to spark a love connection between him and another boy. The picture book is written in Dutch, by Oliver Robert. I found an English translation by S. Boone and J. Lagast on Google Books. According to The Advocate, where I read the story, the picture book has become a favorite with Belgian educators, and now 50, 000 elementary students ages 6 to 9 read about Josh and Jasper's gay crush each year. 

The same issue also covers the coming tenth anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. On Wednesday, October 7, 1998, the young man was found tied to a fence on the Wyoming prairie, barely alive, his skull fractured and his brain stem crushed. He died in a hospital five days later. He was 21. The state of Wyoming still has not passed the hate crime legislation put together in the wake of Shepard's death; neither has the U.S. government passed the federal version of that bill. Obama has promised to sign the bill if he is elected president.

2 comments:

Eshuneutics said...

Very weird indeed.

Have you seen this?

http://areyououtsidethelines.blogspot.com/2008/10/call-for-chapbooks-lgbtqueersgl.html

Jee Leong Koh said...

No. Thanks for telling me.