The King of FU
By Benjamin Davis
Art by Nikita Klimov

The King of FU is a magically realistic poetic memoir about growing up in America in the nineties on the cusp of the age of the internet. It is a voyage that navigates through family tribalism, supervisors, white-gloved Sheriffs, bullies, sex, suicide, dead prisoners, drugs, porn, middle school, and Jesus; all in search of answering one of life's greatest mysteries: what is the point of adults?
What to expect
A one-hundred-and-forty-six page illustrated coming-of-age tumble down a rabbit hole of demented 90s nostalgia. Born with horns and covered in fur, our protagonist--after escaping the clutches of the umbilical cord--makes his way from childhood, through the bowels of adolescence, and into so-called "adulthood."
" Written in free verse and accompanied by vivid, black and white illustrations, The King of FU is unlike any other coming of age memoir. "

The Book Review Directory

"The King of FU, written by Benjamin Davis and wonderfully illustrated by Nikita Klimov, is a coming of age novel that belongs to a class all its own."

Reader's Favorite Review

"Their work is unique, as unconventional as it gets, yet relatable in every sense of the word."

"...hilarious in all of its awkwardness!"


Fun bits of amazon reviews
"In the early years of the 20th century, a group of Russian dudes came up with the concept of defamiliarization. In simple terms, it was the presentation of a literary text in a strange or unfamiliar way, often using language or literary devices to "enhance the perception of the familiar. What do a group of old Russian dudes have to do with The King of FU? Everything, actually."

The Fail Book Reviewer
"A nihilistic poetic remembrance that will appeal most to older teens and 20-somethings."

Kirkus Reviews
"Overall this was a phenomenal read. The passion, creativity and often hilarious contrast between the view of the world through the eyes of a child versus that of an adult brought this one of a kind novel to a whole new level."

Anthony Avina, Author of Freshman Hunt
"This was such a unique read; I really enjoyed reading this book. Whether you're a 90s kid or not, if you're looking for a unique and entertaining read, then I highly recommend this book."

Jen D Bibiophile
"And here, in a magically realistic and poetic way, readers can join him on his journey, and it is definitely an exhilarating ride. Dark, creative, sarcastic, edgy and playful, Benjamin Davis' creative writing style is unique and Nikita Klimov's illustrations are a perfect fit to a story that reveals the answer to one of life's greatest mysteries."

Reader's Favorite Review
"Let me tell you, I read this in one sitting and I laughed all the way from the first page to the last. It was only after I finished that I realized that a lot of what I'd just read was actually very sad. But even with that, I really enjoyed this book! Given the opportunity, I can get really into magical realism, and I loved the combination of Ben's writing and Nikita Klimov's illustrations."

Sara Newhouse, The Bibliophagist
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