Out of the Maze By Dr Spencer Johnson, Pen­guinRan­dom­house, $24, hard­back

The Northern Advocate - - 48 Hours/books - Graeme Bar­row

This is a se­quel to the best-sell­ing (28 mil­lion copies) WhoMovedMy

Cheese, which was a tale of two lit­tle peo­ple called Hem and Haw who face sud­den and alarm­ing change when their only food, cheese, dis­ap­pears. Haw adapts by set­ting off to find an al­ter­na­tive sup­ply, but Hem is frozen into in­ac­tion and re­mains stuck in limbo. The book­let is ba­si­cally ad­vice on what to do when con­fronted by change.

Out of the Maze is about what Hem does next. Ac­com­pa­nied by a fe­male he had not met be­fore, who in­tro­duces him to fruit, the two set off to­gether to find not just food, but Haw.

Cheese is a metaphor for what­ever you want in life, and guide­lines on as­sist­ing you to achieve your goals. It’s a charm­ing story, but I have to say the mas­sive sales sur­prise me some­what. It is ba­si­cally sound ad­vice in fa­ble form, and I’d have thought it bet­ter suited to young adults. —

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