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The Paper People

Die Pappenheimer

The Paper People is a book that really comes straight from my heart. I was very happy about the recent write-up by Clelia Klapp released on www.librikon.de. She recognized and paraphrased a few of the basic ideas in the story, which I had hoped would be clear, in spite of the silliness of the story. With the cordial consent of Librikon, a quote from the review:

"A book full of innovative creativity ... this is not just a book on paper. Even the creatures in the book are made of paper. Napkin Drive No.3, 4th floor, 5th slot is where Miss Snippet lives, a citizen of Papertown. Where it’s the order of the day to throw yourself into the depths, where newspaper men strip down to their drawers in order to read the latest news, and when feeling threatened, you flatten yourself onto the nearest object. Miss Snippet just can’t understand why Scarab, the dung beetle, thinks that´s not normal ...

Die Pappenheimer

... subsequently, the idea that everyone takes their own way of thinking for granted and that it’s simply a matter of fact that our own lifestyle is the way everyone should live, is the funny reality of this story. It shows us how we each live "in our own world" and that there is no one right way to view the world, but rather that there are many different ways to see and experience the world. A story which shows us how exciting and enriching it can be to open up to new and foreign worlds.

... to dive into another world, means to learn from one another. Miss Snippet is inspired by the bold acts of the beetle and evolves from a skittish paper missy who’s afraid of flying into a courageous heroine.

Die Pappenheimer

... and even Scarab finds inspiration in this papery world. He grows, too, in his time of crisis, learning to embrace himself and comes to the revelation that rabbit turds are invaluably useful for laying eggs. The various life-forms help each other out- even the presumed invader, the manchild, becomes a lifesaver and furnishes the paper People with a new home where their fantasy will know no bounds. Enthusiastic paper-rustling applause!"

© Jörg Hilbert 2017