There are two solid reasons to buy Scott Bury’s short story, Sam the Strawb Part. (1) All proceeds go to Children At Risk, an Ottawa-based charity for kids with autism spectrum disorders, so for a mere $1.99 you’re contributing to a worthy cause. (2) For a mere $1.99, you’re getting a entertaining read that’s worth a lot more.
The hero of this fractured fairy tale is a boy who loves strawberries so much he plunders them from unsuspecting shoppers. In other words, he’s a strawberry pirate. Though, as Bury tells us, “Sam had a habit of talking very quickly and slurring his words without enunciating, so he described himself as ‘a strawb part.’”
Bury has written one of those stories that can be read by children but enjoyed by adults, thanks to its liberal doses of absurdist humor. Here’s a sample: “The Senior Director was the most obese man on the planet. He wore a dark grey suit and a white shirt that bulged at all the buttons. There was not a tie in the world that could go around his neck, so he wore an open collar.”
The Senior Director is one of the executives of the East Canada Fruit Company. Alarmed by the great losses to their strawberry inventory, they mount a campaign to capture Sam. The chase leads to wild adventures, media notoriety and eventually to lessons learned about life (including how to coach the Canadian team for the Tour de France).
In other words, the story covers a lot of territory in 20 pages. For $1.99, you could do much worse.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)