The Bodigulpa

After visiting Kew Gardens and seeing the carnivorous plant collection, it reminded me of a book I read as a child.

‘The Bodigulpa’ is a children’s fiction book written by Jenny Nimmo, first published in 2001. It tells the story of a young boy called Daniel who lives with his family, but comes into trouble when his grandad moves in with them, along with his mysterious plant collection, after his grandma passes away. The grandad is presented as being a grumpy, sickly old man, similar to his plants. “He’s smelly, has dirty fingernails, long, lank hair and he’s mean to everyone”. Grandads most prize plant is called the Bodigulpa. Daniel starts to have terrifying suspicions when family members and his aunties dog go missing right next to the greenhouse…

Looking back on this book now, I think of it as being a possible alternate future or sci-fi world, where our environment no longer takes that humans take agency over the world. A kind of comical way of thinking almost, that the plants have just grown fed up of humans and have developed these new abilities.


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