The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
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The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

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by Stephan Pastis
     
 
 The Pearls Before Swine crew is back in their second collection of cartoons for the middle-grade crowd!

 Always witty and clever, and sometimes irreverent, Pearls Before Swine's sarcastic take on life appeals to fans of all ages. In this second collection of cartoons specially chosen for young readers, the troupe of characters is back to

Overview

 The Pearls Before Swine crew is back in their second collection of cartoons for the middle-grade crowd!

 Always witty and clever, and sometimes irreverent, Pearls Before Swine's sarcastic take on life appeals to fans of all ages. In this second collection of cartoons specially chosen for young readers, the troupe of characters is back to entertain with dark humor and off-the-wall puns. Know-it-all Rat is always at the center of the action, accompanied by slow-witted Pig who is innocently oblivious to most of Rat's jabs. Rounded out with high-browed Goat, the mild and vulnerable Zebra, and the hilariously inept Crocs, the cast is ready to provide hours of reading fun.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…this entry will no doubt provide laughs for middle grade fans of his “Timmy Failure” books (Candlewick)…The bright, full-color strips full of puns and sarcasm will delight kids with a snarky and irreverent sense of humor…this title will make a welcome, and   well-circulated addition to any library hoping to expand its graphic novel collection for tweens." (John Trischitti, School Library Journal)

"This would make a nice follow-up read for kids who have finished Timmy (Failure)." (Travis Jonker, School Library Journal’s “100 Scope Notes†blog)

"The heavily sarcastic tone will likely appeal to youngsters, who can appreciate making fun of everything around them." (Johanna Draper-Carlson, Comics Worth Reading)

"It’s endearing and hilarious and makes readers laugh out loud. The illustrations are crisp and colorful like a comic should be and the way Stephan Pastis depicts the animals is super cute...This collection offers a huge variety of themes...And the dialogue between characters is unique and savvy." (Debbie Glade, Smart Books for Smart Kids)

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
What happens when animals like crocodiles, zebras, and pigs are forced to live suburban lives? Well, the crocodiles will not stop wanting to eat the zebras. The rat will get cynical and depressed. And when the lions move in, all havoc will break loose. Pastis has been publishing the “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip for nearly fifteen years, and this collection focuses primarily on the crocodile characters. Most of the crocodiles are dimwitted and obsessed with hunting their prey. The younger generations of crocodiles are more savvy to modern life, occasionally even fraternizing with zebras! Pastis is now known for his kids series, “Timmy Failure,” which follows the hybrid model popularized by Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Now, fans of that series are finding his other work, giving “Pearls Before Swine” a new audience. He illustrates the “Pearls Before Swine” universe in a traditional newspaper strip style, which will feel familiar to fans of “Garfield” and “Peanuts.” Although this is a selected collection, the plotlines are easy to follow and the characterizations of various animals are fresh and amusing. This volume is especially recommended for libraries with fans for Pastis’ other work or similar newspaper-strip-based collections. Reviewer: Raina Sedore; Ages 10 up.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 3–7—A follow-up to the first collection of the creator's Pearls Before Swine comics (Andrew McNeels, 2013), this entry will no doubt provide laughs for middle grade fans of his "Timmy Failure" books (Candlewick). This second work focuses on the Croc family and their seemingly never ending attempts to hunt familiar characters Zebra, Rat, Pig, and Goat. Like Wile E. Coyote's infinite quest after the Roadrunner, the Crocs try, and fail, to get by on their less-than-stellar smarts. The bright, full-color strips full of puns and sarcasm will delight kids with snarky and irreverent sense of humor. On par with the jokes in Lincoln Peirce's wildly popular "Big Nate" series (HarperCollins), this title will make a welcome, and well-circulated addition to any library hoping to expand its graphic novel collection for tweens.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449436360
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Pearls Before Swine Kids Series, #2
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
166,762
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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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The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
I read half of this book to give a try as I'd never read &quot;Pearls Before Swine&quot;. I'm not a comic strip fan and couldn't make my way through the whole book, but I actually enjoyed the comics. I take things pretty literally and don't usually get or find comics funny but these did tickle my fancy. Rat's sarcasm was my favourite part and he's probably my favourite character. This particular book is the second in a series of comics specially selected for young readers.