Friday, August 5, 2011
Title: 5 very good reasons to punch a dolphin in the mouth
Author: The Oatmeal
Source: Received from Simon and Schuster at Montreal Blogger Meet up
Synopsis from Amazon:
Social etiquette, animals, rules of grammar, and more are critiqued in ways ranging from the educational to the bizarre in this collection of comic strips from TheOatmeal.com. While proceeding directly from the newspaper strip tradition, these Web comics present observational humor that's a little more vulgar, a little more clever, and a little more likely to end up with the reader actually learning something than would have been printed in a nationally syndicated comic strip. The humor, like many classic comics, is based on Andy Rooneyesque shared experiences, such as "10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone," "How to Use a Semicolon (The Most Feared Punctuation on Earth)," and "How to Track, Hunt, and Kill a Unicorn." These are presented in a text-heavy style supplemented with basic, XKCD-like drawings. While the collection is erratic, some of the best strips—many dealing with cats—hit the universal funny bone.
I absolutely LOVE The Oatmeal website, so when this book came out of the bag at the blogger meet up, my hand shot straight up. This isn't a typical book, but rather a series of drawings that are "guides". As a stickler for proper grammar and punctuation, I particularly like the guides dealing with those topics. A number of the guides also deal with cats. While most of the content is available on the website, there are a few that are not. This is a fun, light read that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. It would be good for anybody who is a fan of the Oatmeal, but even if you're not, you should check it out.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher at the Montreal Blogger meet up. I was not compensated in any way for this post.