Posts Tagged ‘Iko’

Bonnie’s Adventure


October 3rd, 2018 Posted 9:02 am

Not quite like Chet and Iko in THE SOUND AND THE FURRY.


What’s In A Name?


September 23rd, 2015 Posted 8:47 am

Mrs. Publicist: Time for our regular feature which is supposed to appear on the 15th of the month, but now seems to show up any old time.

Spence: The end days must be near.

Mrs. P: What’ll it be this time?

Spence: How about Peanut, the circus elephant in TO FETCH A THIEF?

Mrs. P: Almost certainly the biggest character in the whole series. Bigger than Iko the gator in THE SOUND AND THE FURRY, would you say?

Spence: Definitely, by weight. As for Peanut’s name, it’s kind of a cliche, sort of circus humor. Sometimes I like to start with something that looks like a cliche and then reveal that it’s not.

Mrs. P: Peanut going from a cliche to a very much unique individual?

Spence: Exactly.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence. See you whenever for What’s In A Name.



Chetspeak on Sunday


February 1st, 2015 Posted 8:35 am

All at once I plunged down under the surface, so fast the force actually snapped my head back. I was moving faster than I’d ever moved in the water before, straight down, the net pulling tight tight tight now, like some unstoppable force had a grip on it. I hit bottom, felt solid mud under one of my paws, and then I saw where this unstoppable force was coming from. A huge creature rose up out of the murk, right in front of my face, a creature with a long bumpy snout, tiny bumpy eyes on the top of its head, and teeth so big they stuck right out of its mouth. I knew what this creature was from Animal Planet: a gator. And that strange smell had to be gator smell. What we needed was a TV that –



What’s In A Name?


October 15th, 2013 Posted 9:13 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, Spence, meaning it’s time to discuss the name of a character in the Chet and Bernie series. What’s it going to be this month?

Spencer Quinn: How about Iko, the –

Ms. P: Spoiler alert!

SQ: – gator in The Sound and the Furry? Most of the story takes place in bayou country, and when we think bayous don’t we think gators pretty much first thing? So I thought Chet should encounter a gator, and why not a legendary one? The legendary ones have names, so I needed a name. Everyone knows the rousing and joyous Mardi Gras song Iko Iko, so that was a perfect non-fit. Also, I’ve always understood the word Iko as a derivative, through Creole, of the French écoute, meaning listen. Iko! Iko! – Listen! Listen! There’s a very appropriate urgency in that, as I believe Chet discovers.

Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month!

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