Let’s Play: Murder is essentially an alphabet book in which the letters all stand for or show murder. That is everything you need to know about this book that is sized and printed like a children’s alphabet book. I have a kiddo at home. He’s not old enough to understand what I’m reading to him, but I figured… what the hell. I read him this book and I will admit that I felt like if anyone heard me reading this book to him that the State would be knocking on my door to take him. Thankfully that didn’t happen, but it did kinda make me realize that this book isn’t for kids. Which begs the question, who is it for?
I don’t know.
Probably people with a sick sense of humor like myself or parents that are just really, really cool with reading a children’s style book with cute artwork that is also gory and gruesome. I guess I’m both?
The artwork is great. Each page has a brother and sister taking turns killing the other one. The visuals are strong and make up for some of the letters that were truly lacking. X is for Xylophone being my prime example in which the sister plays the xylophone on her brother’s exposed rib cage. There were some great ones like A is for Asphyxiation which made me take a step back and ask myself… am I about to continue reading this to my child? Again the answer was yes, but hey you decide what type of parent you are.
The book is enjoyable in a demented way. I’m sure there’s an audience for it, but more than likely that audience doesn’t fall into a category I can easily describe. Feel free to freak out on me in the comments, but really you don’t know me and I don’t know you so be cool and take everything I've said about myself with a grain of salt.
Let’s Play: Murder Creators: Matt Longstaff and Chris Walker Publisher: Dead Canary Books Price: £9.99 Format: Hardcover; Print Website