Wave: boats ride on waves, don’t they?
Brain: things inside heads.
Brainwave: a boat on top of someone’s head. Obvious really.
Whose head? The Soup Dragon’s.
Whose boat? Iggle-Piggle’s.
(The book, if I remember rightly, is about a cloud between Earth and the sun that’s kept us stupid and that suddenly clears, allowing housewives to become smart but stay at home doing housework, then it comes back and nobody minds much. There’s a good book to be written about this premise – a sort of global ‘Flowers for Algernon’ or ‘Camp Concentration’ – but this ain’t it.)
Showed this to my nine year old nephew. I think I shall be turning to him for future comments. His reaction:
“That’s stupid. It has people eyes. And a tiny head. Where does it keep its brain? And how can it come out of the ground like that without smashing its face? And five times stupid still isn’t very smart is it? ”
I would value his opinion even more if he didn’t think Piers Anthony was a way better writer than Tolkien. Kids*shrugs*