Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

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by Stephan Pastis
     
 
One of the best-selling cartoons today. Offering blistering commentary on hot-button topics related to recent news events, popular culture, cartoon-page contemporaries, and more, Pearls Before Swine expertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature through Pastis’s mindful menagerie of fiery and feisty characters.

Stephan Pastis

Overview

One of the best-selling cartoons today. Offering blistering commentary on hot-button topics related to recent news events, popular culture, cartoon-page contemporaries, and more, Pearls Before Swine expertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature through Pastis’s mindful menagerie of fiery and feisty characters.

Stephan Pastis offers Pearls Before Swine fans a visit to the other side of the looking glass with his latest collection, Larry in Wonderland. Collecting almost a year's worth of strips, Larry in Wonderland offers cutting-edge commentary on recent news events, popular culture, and cartoon-page contemporaries, and imparts the knowledge that in Wonderland, crocodiles taste a lot like chicken.

Through Pastis's mindful menagerie of characters, including the Mad Ducker, Cheshire Snuffles, Tweedledum Pig, and Tweedledee Idiot Pig, along with Raterpillar, Zebra, and Larry the Croc, Pearls Before Swine expertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature, while remaining "indifferent" to conventional cartoon molds such as plotline "continuity." In the words of Raterpillar, "Plotline schmotline."

With multiple honors as Best Comic Strip of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and an international fan base that follows the strip's appearance in more than 600 newspapers worldwide, Pearls Before Swine transports readers to a world of shifting perspectives and alternate realities, like the one presented inside Larry in Wonderland.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—With Larry, readers continue to peek into the illustrator's sarcastic world. Pastis is a comic-strip writer and former lawyer who draws unattractive animals—including Pig, Rat, and Goat—who say the things that many of us, including teens with a dry wit, might be thinking. The crocodiles actually get names, Larry and Burt among them, but these characters speak in a pidgin English that matches their ridiculous ideas (like shipping one crocodile friend to the zebra's house, only to realize that they wrapped him in a box with no air holes). Pastis uses his animals much like Gary Larson used his to make readers laugh at silly ideas like a pirate dry cleaner and feral ballerinas. Most of the strips are in black and white, as they run this way in the daily newspaper, but some are in the colorful Sundaycomic format. The overall quality of the art looks like something an average middle or high schooler would draw in a notebook, with simple lines and styling, but that is part of Pastis's appeal; his characters are not endearing, nor are they meant to be. The comics are funny but some of the jokes are subtle, making them best suited to high school and accelerated middle school students.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449408176
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Pearls Before Swine Series , #16
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Stephan Pastis is an attorney turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.

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