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Product Details

  • Series: Pearls Before Swine Collection
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449410235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449410230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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Stephan Pastis took an unusual route to becoming a number-one best-selling comics creator: he went to law school. It's not that he didn't want to become a cartoonist - as a child growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino, he spent many happy hours off by himself drawing. He was routinely called on to create cartoons for his school newspapers. But by the time he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science, Pastis - a completely self-taught artist - felt it unlikely that his cartoons would ever be syndicated.

So he found himself sitting in class at UCLA Law School, hopelessly bored, sketching the character Rat (who would later become a mainstay of all his future comic strips). Creative inspiration followed him through graduation in 1993 to his first law firm job in San Francisco, where by 1996 he finally started submitting his comics to syndicates. Persisting through an initial spate of rejections, Stephan Pastis created his signature strip Pearls Before Swine and eventually signed on with his syndicate in 1999. Pearls was off and running, making appearances on the web, in newspapers, and in many best-selling books.

In 2013, inspired to break out of the box of a daily comic strip, Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children's author, penning the first book in a projected middle grade series called Timmy Failure, about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. Fail it did not; receiving stellar reviews and becoming an instant New York Times and National Indie bestseller. Now published in nearly 40 languages worldwide, Pastis' defective detective is poised to become the next big breakout children's book character.

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I love the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine."
tvtv3
Much of the humor from these characters is derived from the accent alone, but they get into some great messes too.
Fat Boy
Once again, the book is a must for any PEARLS BEFORE SWINE fan or anybody else who just likes to laugh out loud.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine." It's one of the best strips in the market. The strip is full of one-liners, witty puns, and extensive verbal gags. However, it works best when there's anything going on with the Crocs, anytime the strip breaks the "rules" of comics, and when the strip has a longer storyline. Like the previous collections before it, BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA DRAW A COVER WITH YOUR LEFT HAND has a little bit of everything. The book features strips that ran from May 24, 2010 to February 27, 2011. There are several lengthy Sunday strips that end in pun. In this collection, Pastis takes the idea to another level as in many of these "pun" strips feature a final panel with Rat talking with or beating up the comic version of Pastis. The collection features the introduction of Office Potus, a friendly elephant police officer who just wants to keep the peace (which usually involves trying to talk Zebra into letting the Crocs eat him). This collection also features one of my favorite "Pearls" lines of all time: Larry the Croc on JEOPARDY!. Also, as typical of "Pearls" strips, this collection features several strips that reference/allude to/pay homage to "Peanuts." Besides the comics themselves, I also really enjoyed Pastis' introduction to the book (written with his left hand). BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA DRAW A COVER WITH YOUR LEFT HAND has one of the longest book titles of all time for a comic strip collection, but don't let the title scare you off because it's also a great collection of "Pearls Before Swine" comic strips.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JD Willis III on April 17, 2012
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BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA DRAW A COVER WITH YOUR LEFT HAND is a home run by Stephan Pastis. PEARLS BEFORE SWINE is the funniest comic strip currently running and this compilation of recent comics is only further proof of just how funny it really is. When Larry the Croc becomes a contestant on JEOPARDY!, the theater of the absurd is hilarious. That's Pastis' specialty, expect the unexpected.

Once again, the book is a must for any PEARLS BEFORE SWINE fan or anybody else who just likes to laugh out loud.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fat Boy on April 12, 2012
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This may sound strange, but I'm giving a review to a book I haven't read.
What makes me think I can do that? Because, in a way I have already read it,
through the newspapers and internet. I am a HUGE fan of Stephan Pastis' Pearls
Before Swine. Simply put, Stephan Pastis is THE BEST cartoonist working today.
I haven't had this much fun reading a comic since Gary Larson's The Far Side (although, the strip is very unlike The Far Side, which was, in my opinion, the best single-panel cartoon of all time). I even like Pearls Before Swine better than Berkeley Breathed's Bloom County, and Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes, two old favorites of mine. I can actually see a lot of influence from those strips in Pearls. I wouldn't exactly call Pearls Before Swine a family strip, in the way Calvin and Hobbes was, because there is far more over-the-top dark and edgy humor that adults will love. But, kids who aren't overly sensitive to someone say... getting bonked in the head with a mallet occasionally, will find plenty to love too. The stars of the show are a misanthropic Rat, named Rat, (my best friend is EXACTLY like him... I even call him Rat at times), and a "less-than-genius", but always lovable pig named, Pig (of course). There are other great characters too (including Stephan Pastis, himself). I won't go into all of them, But, the Crocs (crocodiles) definitely need a mention. The Crocs are scheming, bumbling, and hilarious idiots always trying, and almost always failing, to catch prey. Their favorite would-be victims are Zebras (and there is a character named Zebra, of course), or as the Crocs call them... "Zeebas". You see, the Crocs have an absolutely hilarious accent that is written out phonetically.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Strader on June 11, 2012
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You gotta ask? It's Pearls. Now get outta here. Eleven more words Rat Pig Rat Rat Rat Rat - my hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VirginiaLady on January 27, 2014
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This book is another great collection of Pearls Before Swine comic strips. They have a humor that is appealing to kids, adults, and even the most cynical teenager. Stephan Pastis' specialty is making wonderfully complex groaner puns that are amazingly clever. We love his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maya Kuratomi on January 7, 2014
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We always are ready for a good llaugh with the rat and pig. I used to buy a newspaper just to read this comic. Its the right way to start a day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2013
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The title really says it all - I was a big Dilbert follower back in the day until Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams made his most fatal move yet - introducing me to Pearls Before Swine and i have not looked back [sorry Scott!] but I have bought every collection that comes out [and pre-ordered the one about to hit the stores in October - you just can't go wrong with Pastis] - is every cartoon a hit? absolutely not, who can do that? But his hits far outweigh his misses and if you have journeyed along with Rat and Pig and more importantly the Crocs and the rest of the gang, then this is just another winner you should have round for when your guests need to be inducted in the PBS hall of readerment...

Come on, stop reading this and click 'Buy' already...
Or I'll send the sea anenomes over to your house...
[And if that makes no sense then you my friend have some catching up to do!]
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