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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
There wasn't a dry eye in the house when I passed this book around. Sure, its twisted, but the cartoons are so comical and the situations so improbable that you just have to laugh at them.
Keep in mind, this is a cartoon book for adults only, it is far too violent for children; but come on adults...it's a cartoon book. It is not a portrayal of realistic violence in our society. The world was a less violent place back when the
Road Runner constantly trashed Wile E. Coyote, and perhaps the reason I found Creepy Susie to be so funny was that it breathed life back into the funny aspect of mortality.
My favorites would have to be The Debbies (treat yourself here and use the "Look Inside" feature of Amazon to read The Debbies), Stupid Betsy, Waldo & Bean, Narcoleptic Scottie, Rosie's Crazy Mother, and Jenny, Jenny, Jenny & Babette: The Siamese Quadruplets.
Whether snipping off tiny heads, shoving marbles in your butt, collecting Poo, holding slimy things, cross dressing, shaving cats and putting yellow sticky pads on them, offing your brother, or simply cooking up your parents; you will be sure to find humor not just in the written words but also in the comical and silly artwork here in Creepy Susie.
I would give it 8 stars if I could. Enjoy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 1999
To be honest, I read this while standing in the Humor aisle at a book store. It's short, but so effective that I was in tears because I was laughing so hard. I especially recommend "Little Scooter" who for some reason had a head that people liked to throw things at. Dark and upsetting, this book makes me feel ashamed to be a person. I think I'll laminate every page. If looking for a gift for some of your friends, this is great for a laugh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2000
appallingly original, this may not be the stuff for children, but rather for those who happen to consider themselves one of those "troubled children"...
oblong's simple-looking yet succinct drawings go perfectly with the straight-looking (look again!) but turbulent story-line. i just *love* creepy suzie and my heart goes all out for stupid betsy (still with a not-so-innocent smile though), and dick & muffy always make me laugh no matter how many times i open the pages on them. i really wouldn't call oblong's humor "sick" or anything like that, but of course if you've always been reading in a bed of roses then this will take some getting used to. as for me, i keep this book next to my pillow and read myself into some dark, dark slumber at night.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2004
Any fan of Edward Gorey's morbid comics will like this dark (and I mean dark) illustrated book of children's tales. Most start out like slightly twisted fairy tales. Simple storyline. Obvious moral. Then they take a twist that usually ends up with someone dead, typically by dismemberment. The only negative reviews on Amazon are "In the age of Columbine...simply sick!" and go on to criticize it for encouraging kids to kill other kids. Sick, true. But this book is obviously not for 12-year-olds, but reasonable adults with a dark sense of humor. I liked it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2003
OK, this is a dark and morbid collection of tales.
It is also incredibly funny.
To a certian extent, the writing and drawing reminds me of the stories and jokes that I tried to tell when I was in second/third grade. The difference here is that despite the crude drawing style, and simple writing, these tales are actually rather sophisticated, my stories and drawings were not.
The folks that are knocking this book probably think that Monty Python is just a bunch of cross dressing brits. There are twists to the words, and subtle things in the drawings that raise this miles above the average.
Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 1999
anyone who loves or even understand edward gorey, the addams family, "geek love", or any good old fashioned black humor horror tale will love this book. i did!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2004
i ordered the book directly from angus himself and maybe the personalization he did for me has won me over but i think he is hilarious. the oblongs was genius and this book just furthers that hilarity. these stories are short and to the point. his style is like no other and the endings will always get you. angus also said i was his 14th favourite fan...so i'm sold. ha!
xoxo
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2001
I was out last night with a friend and out of boredom, we decided to go into Tower Records and books. Somehow, I stumbled accross this book. Its truly the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. We actually paid 16.95 for the book. I love the sick, side splitting humour and the crude and twisted animations. The book is eccentric and creative. I haven't laughed that hard in a while. My abs still hurt in fact. If you want to have sore abs and possibly pee on yourself from laughing so hard ...get this book =)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2000
Ah, the Debbies. I remember them well. In fact, I must still work with them oftentimes.
If you were raised on Disney, you will either run away screaming after reading this book, or you will find yourself cackling with glee.
Pay attention to details: toaster, poked eyes, pigs in cages. And the endings are wonderful. What's wrong with being crazy?
Though the shaved cats. . .
In any case, this is a wonderful variation on the fairy tales we heard as children -- rather far from the tree, but wonderful.
If you like Gorey's macabre sense of humor and the Grimm Brother's refusal to sugarcoat the ending, please read this.
If not, kindly flee in terror now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2005
Angus Oblong wrote this book, which was later discovered and then created into whats known as the Oblongs. If you are a fan of the show, or new to it all, check this book out.
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