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They look like pointy-eared dwarf alligators on short, claw-footed stilts, and they’re seldom the point or the executor of the gag, but for cartoon lovers, Booth’s dogs are as definitive of their cartoon species as B. Kliban’s ebullient, meatloafish cats are of theirs (there are cats in Booth’s stuff, too, but they’re definitely second bananas). Their memorability has a lot to do with their utter doggyness. Only occasionally, as in the formal but irregular series one might call the Sleeper and His Dog, does a Booth pooch go human by, say, turning a key in a lock. Usually, they just sit, lie, bark, scratch, and react to what a cartoon’s unkempt, lunatic humans do and say. But, graced with an ineffably radiant tinge of the seediness that suffuses every Booth cartoon, they somehow subtly occupy a—if not the—spot on which the gazing eye must eventually rest. And they’re always funny, often enough so to turn a chuckle into a chortle, maybe even a guffaw, or, better yet, a bark.

About the Author

George Booth is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and several children’s books. His previous books include The Essential George Booth, Omnibooth, and Think Good Thoughts About a Pussycat. In 1993 Booth was recognized with a Gag Cartoon Award for his work in the New Yorker by the National Cartoonist Society. He lives in Stony Brook, NY.  Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor, author, producer, and activist. He is also the bestselling author of Fatherhood.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810983613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Byrne on September 12, 2009
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I am a fan of George Booth. I was thrilled to find a copy of his book, About Dogs. Every night I lie in bed and look at a few of his cartoons. It makes me feel good as I drop off to sleep.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael G. Rehrer on April 7, 2009
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George Booth has to be my favorite cartoonist. His sense of humor is only magnified by his artistic style...which in and of itself is worth a chuckle or guffaw.
Thanks George. I miss ya!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed (Yana) Murphy on November 9, 2010
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This book should come with a disclaimer from your doctor --- that it'll make you laugh so hard that it could be detrimental to folks with digestive problems. Joking aside, it's very funny. Buy it and read it slowly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on August 4, 2011
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George Booth seems to understand the pressures our canines are under while having to associate with humans. His cartoons capture the comic amid the crazy and to spot the dog is to sum up the degree of the crazy. Odd that Booth never had dogs. He seems to communciate them so very well. I have been a Booth fan of his cartoons in the "New Yorker" since the seventies and often renewed my subscription based on my curiosity about what Booth would do in the next issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on September 28, 2012
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It is very difficult to review a book of George Booth's cartoons about dogs (I think they are dogs!) after reading the four page introduction by Bill Cosby. George, has a drawing style and a sense of weirdness that is completely unique. Cosby, rambles on about an animated cartoon show he wanted to develop wth George doing all the drawings. Bill, writes in the same manner George Booth presents his cartoons in a very freestyle fashion and in a madcap sorta way it seems that these two guys are from another planet and letting us peek inside their world for a brief while.

There is nothing wrong with what George Booth creates and in my eye (only one of them works) I am viewing the works of a master. For decades now the New Yorker has published these gems and if I could only understand the punch lines of half of them I wouldn't feel like such a party-crasher when I'm looking at this book. George Booth is like Joe Montana or Jimi Hendrix as you only get one guy that does stuff like this to enjoy per a short (I'm planning on checking out at 108) lifetime. George, is way too good for normal-type humans so (for some cosmic reason I don't understand) I got lucky and can enjoy this wonderful li'l book over and over again.

This book contains strange stuff but, it is GREAT strange stuff!
FIVE STARS!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ironworks on March 10, 2013
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Between Booth and Thurber it s hard to choose who does the best cartoons. So, if this is not the best, it is as good as the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PHB on February 4, 2013
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If you like the way this cartoonist draws dogs (you can see samples on Amazon) you will probably like the book. Some of the cartoons are hilarious and others are incomprehensible, at least to me.
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By Michael Swofford on January 29, 2015
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This was a Holiday gift & the 'phone call from my sister was raving about the art, the humor, the
overall "gaze" at All Things Dog. This was also an introduction to her of one of my all-time favorite
cartoonists -- Geo. Booth is very simply the best around. He used to appear with regularity in The
New Yorker magazine & these collections are a grand way to revisit hi work. Beautifully bound,
clearly printed & all-in-all a fine gift book for anyone with an appreciation of fine (& unuusual) art
& a great sense of humor. Booth has got it! You shlod get it!
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