Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks [NOOK Book]

Overview

The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary—monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science—but it’s all commonplace for this most uncommon young man. Mark Tatulli renders this pantomime strip in pen-and-ink style, giving the artwork a dark, spidery feel to match the strip’s dark humor. Lio explores the twisted realm of a kid’s imagination—at once bizarre, creepy, and fun. Now, in this collection edited specially for kids, Lio is available to his...
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Overview

The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary—monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science—but it’s all commonplace for this most uncommon young man. Mark Tatulli renders this pantomime strip in pen-and-ink style, giving the artwork a dark, spidery feel to match the strip’s dark humor. Lio explores the twisted realm of a kid’s imagination—at once bizarre, creepy, and fun. Now, in this collection edited specially for kids, Lio is available to his most dedicated fans.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lio is a remarkable boy who hangs out with aliens, makes his own robots, and loves the morbid and warped side of life. This book is not a single story, but a collection of short comic strips, and while it’s technically aimed for middle-grade readers, some of its dark sense of humor and twisted jokes might go over better with adults than kids. Literal-minded readers might not get all the supernatural angles and ironic, unrealistic stories, but kids can appreciate the school-age humor and that Lio is so much smarter than the grownups around him—even if the grownups don’t realize it. Very few words are spoken, or needed, in the more than 200 pages, with nearly everything is conveyed excellently through art. Tatulli has a knack for the unexpected, the surreal, and the weird, and he plays these for all they’re worth: Lio sells shrunken heads instead of lemonade, he travels through time, he meets monsters; put together it makes for a very engaging character. There are some similarities between this strip and Calvin and Hobbes, but Tatulli’s stories are much more outrageous. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Hilariously dark and twisted, our title character, Lio, shines in this comic strip mash-up of sorts (think Calvin and Hobbes meets The Far Side meets Edward Gorey) ideal for boys and reluctant readers. Whether he is positioning mannequin hands coming out of toilets and car trunks to startle the neighbors, being swallowed up by a blob disguised as a bean bag chair, feeding his father's steak dinner to unseen creepies living under his bed, or being abducted by aliens, his mischievous charm will appeal to readers young and old. The events range from the realistic to the wholly fantastic and Lio takes turns being the instigator as well as the victim, sharing the stage with a menagerie of monsters, classmates, and his hapless father. Aside from a few signs and sound effects the frames are basically wordless relying on the strong visual effects to tell the stories. This is a tour de force of the macabre that will appeal to a wide audience and incite giggles among them all. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Here are a few tips for surviving life with Lio: if there's a KEEP OUT sign on his door, don't try to vacuum in there. You maybe should just concede the science fair to him. And for goodness sake, don't give him a turn at show-and-tell. His decidedly unorthodox (and frequently disproportionate) responses to familiar school-age situations and pursuits are depicted in a scratchy black-and-white style with a distinct Gahan Wilson flavor. When flying kites with the other kids, Lio brings a dragon. When it's time to play football, Lio brews a Mr. Hyde potion that turns him into the ultimate linebacker. Some strips take a little effort to decode, which makes their punch line that much funnier. Despite hearty helpings of grotesque slapstick violence, Lio is a goodhearted character with an active sense of justice, frequently victimizing bullies, sticking up for other kids, and championing the voiceless-such as prey animals, aliens, and monsters. Like Big Nate, Lio lives with his patient, long-suffering schlub of a dad. Overjoyed at breakfast time to find a giant egg in the kitchen, he ends up with an alien stuck to his face. He steals his garbage can to make a robot, the steaks from the fridge to feed the monsters under the floor, and tests his potions out on poor old dad. Lio's near-wordless humor will appeal to a wide variety of kids-smart kids, kids who think they are weird, pranksters, and kids who sometimes get in trouble.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449425593
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Amp! Comics for Kids Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 682,828
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark Tatulli, who was first known for his Heart of the City comic strip, took on Liō as an outlet for his dark and twisted humor.

In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his television work.

Mark currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, son, and two daughters. His children are the true joy of his life and the inspiration for much of his comic artwork.

Online:
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    Rihanna shifted around in the cold wooden chair, trying and failing to get comfortable. The basement was cold and dark, and the dank air was giving her a stomach ache. She made a note never to eat before going to a haunted basement again. "Now, what spooky spirit should we talk about next?" The tour guide asked, raising his bushy white eyebrows dramatically. He was a pudgy, middle aged man with a thick patch of white hair. When he looked Rihanna's way, she slouched and squirmed around even more. "How about you, young lady?" He asked. Rihanna shook her head. Something here felt seriously out of place. "Oh, go ahead," Mom said, nudging her. "And stop squirming!" She added, her voice low. Rihanna immediately stopped moving. "Uh, what were the names again?" She asked. Mom shook her head despairingly, muttering. "Well, let's see. There's Jeremy-" he began, holding up his fingers. "Jeremy! I want to here about Jeremy!" Rihanna interrupted, faking a smile. The tour guide, Bob, didn't seem startled. "Now, Jeremy is our youngest ghost here. Many have reported while staying that they have seen a young boy-" his words faded as Rihanna zoned out again. She felt some sort of energy fill the room, like the air before a storm. She looked over at her parents. They were listening intently to the story, not showing any signs of emotion. How could they not feel it? Rihanna wondered. It was like a rubber band being stretched and stretched, almost to snapping point. Bob kept rambling on about marbles that seemed to move on their own and Rihanna kicked her skinny legs until she heard a strange noise. She looked back. It came from where two burly men with beards were sitting. They both a had thick beards and many piercings, and wore leather jackets. One of them caught Rihanna's eye and smiled, showing a mouthful of yellow teeth. Quickly, she turned around again. The noise came again, like a creak, and Rihanna slowly turned again, keeping her head low. There was a boy, laying on his stomach under the chair of the man who'd smiled at her. He was older than her, by the looks of it, and had curly blonde hair and pale eyes. Rihanna stared straight at him with huge eyes. He hadn't come in with her group, who ever he was. Rihanna looked at what he was doing. He had the man's shoe laces and was...tying them together! Then he seemed to sense that he was being watched and looked up. Rihanna gasped as he immediately caught her eye. His eyes weren't...human. They were an unnaturally pale blue, almost white. At first he seemed startled, but then he grinned at her. The muscular man looked at Rihanna again, and she turned away again. Sneaking another peek back, she saw that the boy was still there. He raised a finger to his lips, still smiling, as a symbol that it was a secret. Then he disappeared. Like literally vanished. Rihanna felt her eyes bulge. What the?! "And that concludes our story tour," Bob said, his voice breaking through her thoughts. Everyone stood up, and Rihanna watched the biker stand up. Then he attempted to take a step.

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