Ziggy’s anxiety in unusual fairy tales

Ziggy’s anxiety in unusual fairy tales

AUTHOR Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie never seems to run out of ideas for writing stories from a children’s perspective that are unique and sometimes unexpected. This time, his storytelling skills are again proven through his latest novel. We go today or beautiful places in good children’s dreams.

Having two titles as alternatives, from the start, Ziggy seems to assert freedom in interpreting every story and conversation of his novel for readers. The invitation to readers to imagine while reading this novel was presented from the start through the title and illustration of the book cover.

In general, this novel is about five child characters named Mi, Ma, Mo, Fifi and Fufu. The five of them set off on an unusual trip that is both exciting and stressful with a nanny named Miss Gigi.

They followed Miss Gigi’s invitation to go on an adventure to an island called Incredible Cat Floating City. There they visited various unusual places such as taking the aquatic train and attending the Sendu circus show.

The imaginations of the five children of an enjoyable trip apparently did not go smoothly. While in the Incredible Cat Floating City, they discover surprising facts. A fact that scared them so much that they tried with all their might to run away and return home.

Presented with the feel of a chunky children’s fairy tale, the characters in this novel aren’t limited to just humans, either. Miss Gigi is said to be an amazing cat who comes to help humans when they are in trouble.

Other characters also appear in unusual depictions, such as Colonel Corn, Pelicans of Pos, and Cats of Garbage Officers. These animals are presented as characters with human abilities and other skills that exist only in a child’s imagination.

“Somewhere in the world there is some kind of Extraordinary Cat, or Cat. Cats that don’t meow and can make their own cakes. These cats were only known to women who liked to use their heads, like Mother Mo, and Mother Mo’s Mother, Mother Mo’s Mother.

Besides the personification of animals presented as humans, the typical fairy-tale style is also presented through the characters facing each other. For example the character of Ma as a gentle child and Mi who is told as a very naughty child.

This novel is also carried by the author with a very varied background. In some parts it gives the impression that the heart of the story is as if it is in a Nusantara village. On the other hand, the frame of the story seems to be moving to another part of the world in Europe.

At the beginning, we talk about a town called Suara city which is very noisy because of the many children there. By reading the chapter City of Voices, we can imagine the state of a neighborhood with a very high population density and living in poverty.

Reading these terms, readers will find compatibility with many parts of Indonesia during the baby boomer generation or early independence period. However, this shadow will instantly disappear when you see the illustrations featured in certain parts of the book. One of them is an illustration of a house shaped like a house in a European colony like in a western fairy tale.

In some parts of the story, unique illustrations are presented that have characters similar to those on the cover of the book. The illustrations will help the reader to deepen the story and imagine the adventures of the five children’s characters.

Although few in number, the presence of illustrations reinforces the impression of a fairy tale in this novel. The presence of illustrations makes it easier for readers to imagine the author’s intentions through the minds of children, who sometimes jump too far from reality.

All of the stories in this novel are presented through narratives based on the perspective of children. Mi, Ma, Mo, Fifi and Fufu each have a part in expressing what they have in mind. This point of view makes the narrative style also very typical of children who often have unlimited questions and fantasies.


Although it chronicles the adventures of children, this novel is also full of messages and critical points of view from the author. Unique, everything is presented in the style of children’s stories which are innocent but still sharp.

Various adult life issues and questions are included in each character’s conversations and thoughts. Problems are written using common sense comparisons to come to a child’s mind.

In the first part, it is presented on the issue of poverty in rural communities which has been eroded by development. They can no longer rely on what is in their natural environment to survive.

“Unfortunately, when Sound City forgot its name, all the money available on the bottom of the sea was taken by the pirates, the money underground is taken by thieves, and the money in the branches of the trees is taken. by evil carpenters ”, page 4.

Another problem that the author highlights is the protection of animals, which humans often fail to do.

On the other hand, humans are primarily responsible for the decline of animal life in the wild.

This view is presented in the part which tells about the circus of Sendu. An event in which Mi, Ma, Mo, Fifi and Fufu participate on the way to the Incredible Cat Floating City.

“But the worst and really the worst, experienced by Western visitors, who will always remember how various animals were transformed into various types of food before their eyes”, page 88.

In fact, at the end of the suspenseful story, the author slips his concern over the human greed that continues unabated to exploit the surrounding nature again. We can say that the inhabitants of the Extraordinary Cat Floating City represent humans eager for life and development.

“The whole city has been destroyed,” they said. Then rebuilt, from what they could find. Use earth and / or wood first, then stone. Over time, they see that the best thing is to wear teeth. The best teeth are those of adolescents who did not eat a lot of candy in their childhood ”, page 149.

Other issues are also presented by the author implicitly through characters and characterizations. Through the existing characters, the author seems to want to express the stigma still prevalent on gender in society. Like a girl who often has to be always sweet and feminine, while a boy should always be cool and brave.

Another thing that makes this novel even more unique is the presence of fictitious footnotes written by the author. The fictitious footnotes seem to reinforce the stories of the fictional characters.

“A case study of the color correlation of flashlights and the safety of the Cool Brothers rescue team in an old train car in the middle of a hill behind a meadow full of sheep manure on the night of the The Mahalamat University research team was published in 5411 by PT Sukau Ang, “footnote 154.

Ziggy’s work this time will take the reader into a world of limitless imagination. This novel will invite readers to delve into the thoughts and fantasies of childhood that might have been impossible to create in everyday life.

Although at first it can be a bit confusing due to the many unusual characters entering from the middle to the end of the story the reader will begin to find a tense excitement. Surprise after surprise in the series of stories, it’s hard not to finish this novel immediately in one reading session. In addition, the number of pages is relatively thinner, 182 pages. The last part of this novel will also lead the reader to wonder about the real events lived by the five child characters of the story. (M-2)


Title: We go today or beautiful places in good children’s dreams

Writer: Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie

Editor: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

ISBN: 978-602-06-5747-9


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