Lio: Making Friends
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Lio: Making Friends

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by Mark Tatulli
     
 

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Creepy, crawly, slimy, and awesome! Welcome to the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio.

A curious young scientist and comic book fan, Liō is the defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies. Liō is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named

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Creepy, crawly, slimy, and awesome! Welcome to the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio.

A curious young scientist and comic book fan, Liō is the defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies. Liō is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinks, sidesplitting laughter abounds—all without so much as a word.

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Li?'s world is strange, to say the least. A curious boy with spiky hair and a penchant for trouble, he lives among mummies, aliens, giant ants, skeletons, vampires—and the list goes on. He has a long-suffering Dad, and he keeps a pet snake named Frank and a squid named Ishmael. He sleeps with a rabbit and, when not engaged in hair-raising or dangerous activities, attends Witherspoon Elementary. Li?'s adventures are told in discrete cartoons, most of which are presented on one or two pages. Most of them are in black-and-white, although some are in color. The drawings are inventive, and the expressions on the faces of the various characters are unforgettable. The majority of the cartoons are wordless, although some have words to indicate the setting. The humor is offbeat and often macabre, and while most of the cartoons will elicit smiles, some are laugh-out-loud funny. This is one of eight books about Li? and his weird world. There can be no doubt that this is one of the most ingenious and original cartoons today. As with the work of most exceptional artists, however, the reader has to be willing to exercise his own skills and imagination. Some of the cartoons are horizontal and take up two pages, while others are vertical and take up only one. Because there are very few words, the reader must work to figure out what is going on. Some pop culture references that might need to be explained to children by adults. This book is well worth any effort it may take to understand and enjoy it. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—These mostly wordless comics contain the latest adventures of Tatulli's cute-but-creepy protagonist, Lio. The collection is filled with dark humor and lots of weird and outlandish characters. While Lio appears to be an ordinary boy in an ordinary world, he interacts on a regular basis with a variety of monsters, a giant squid, aliens, zombies, ghosts, witches, spiders, and a giant snake. He sleeps with a vampire bunny doll. The humor echoes that of other famous comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes or Monty, and even the wordless wit of Sergio Aragones from the margins of MAD Magazine. Some of the jokes might be too dark for younger children or may fly over their heads. Then again, references to grown-up things such as riding a bomb Dr. Strangelove-style might be aimed at any parents who are reading this book with their children. The artwork alternates between black and white and brightly colored cartoons, and Tatulli (like Bill Watterson before him) skillfully evokes a mix of cuteness and gruesomeness in his work. This book will probably be most appreciated by readers who are already fans of Lio, but it might also serve as an introduction to dark-humor fans.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449425586
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Lio Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
410,006
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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