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About the Author

Richard Thompson's illustrations have appeared in U.S. News &and World Report, the New Yorker, National Geographic, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has received numerous illustration awards, including the National Cartoonists Society's Magazine and Book Illustration Award, and he is also the creator of Richard's Poor Almanac. He resides with his family in Arlington, Virginia.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740791524
  • ASIN: B0054U5862
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Thompson's illustrations have appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the New Yorker, National Geographic, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has gotten a lot of illustration and cartooning awards, including the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, the NCS awards for Magazine and Book Illustration Award and the and the Milton F. "Sonny" Clogg Award for Alumnus of the Year from Montgomery College, a 2-year college he attended for 2 1/2 years but failed to graduate from. He is also the creator of Richard's Poor Almanac, a cartoon that ran weekly in the Washington Post, and confused readers for 12 years. . He announced in 2009 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and has since helped rally other cartoonists and illustrators to contribute to the Team Cul de Sac project to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In September 2012, Thompson retired from creating Cul de Sac.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Savoiu on September 24, 2010
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Alice and her "entourage" are always a funny, witty bunch. Only word of caution is that if you have other "Cul de Sac" books you might find that this book does not add much new material.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Means Johnston III on August 25, 2010
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We were all children at least once. Unfortunately we seem to forget what it was like or just was to forget. Mr Thompson either never grew up or has a real empathy with children.Alice, her brother (one of the top picky eaters) and their friends are children and speak that rare language that they alone understand. We the readers are allowed to look into this world with his Cul-de Sac (bottom of the bag in french)cartoons. His ability to create childrens' dialogue is what makes his strip special. The adults in this world may say funny things but, they are not reduced to comic stereotypes (dunces!). Charles Schultz would enjoy these children and their funny antics. That says it all right there.
Sincerely, Means Johnston III
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 26, 2010
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Very seldom does a comic strip takes over someones funny bone and is so thought provoking like this one does. This book is a (what I can gather) the first two years of the strip.
I love the comments that are scattered throughout the book that Mr. Thompson has added to this collection. From him just joking about a gag or to the layout of a strip. He is so entertaining and insightful.
The thing that is amazing to me is his timing of not just his dialogue in the strip but also the timing of the art. He is the ultimate storyteller. I believe Mr. Thompson is one of the top five newspaper strip creators ever.
Not often is the main character (Alice)a girl but also ...well a bully. A strong woman at four years old.
Her older brother Petey is one of the most awkward kids ever and he loves Comic books.
Then there's Dill, Alice's friend. This little kid is just a little clueless and thats what makes him my favorite!
Dont forget Alice and Peteys parents are the parents that embarrassed us growing up.
The supporting cast includes more kids and the preschool teacher. All with very unique personalities.

This is just the perfect gift for any comic,cartoon fan. You will want to reread it over and over not only for the great jokes but to marvel at his lines art.
Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Rutledge on December 19, 2012
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Comics get 5 stars, Kindle version gets one (3 stars for the average). Kindle version has tiny very low resolution comics in a sea of white - horrible, basically unreadable in the Kindle version.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2011
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Richard Thompson is Great! But I would hesitate before buying the kindle version on the Kindle Fire.

Turned sideways the Kindle Fire has plenty of resolution to display these strips beautifully. But the Kindle Reader just doesn't get it. The displayed strips are readable, but only just, surrounded by an inch or more of blank background on all sides. You can press and hold over the image to zoom in, but you have to do it for each and every strip, and when zoomed it is clear there is not much extra resolution in the images, as things can get fuzzy. Amazon needs to spend some time and work with publishers to get collections of comic strips to work better on Kindle Fire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin M. Maguire on July 15, 2010
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There is no better comic strip on the market today. Hands down. Thompson was nominated for the Reuben Award this year, and with good reason - he puts out the only comic that matters. I do not have enough words of praise for this book. It is delightful, and a great starting point for any new reader. Just marvelous. Likable, quirky characters with plenty of nuance...great writing and development. Alice is just terrific...but I like Petey an awful lot, too. The very best thing about Richard Thompson's treasured Cul de Sac is that it is FUNNY. I love the bent innocence in this strip. He doesn't try too hard and is doing his own thing and best of all it makes you laugh and laugh. An American gem. Best strip in 20 years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By toonin on October 8, 2010
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I bought this book on the basis of a glowing review in the L.A. Times from Charles Solomon. It more than lives up to it. I am an avid reader of daily comic strips but, somehow, was unaware of Cul de Sac. For me it ranks with the very best which by my rating would include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Little Nemo, the work of Robert Crumb and, currently, Pearls before Swine. The primary character, Alice, is a force of nature. The ancillary characters are beautifully limned with flaws and attributes that keep them from being cliches. The drawings are singular and the writing is superb. I have laughed out loud many times and have slowed down my reading so that the fun doesn't go away too fast. Actually, there's not much chance of that as the strips I have read again, sometimes to my wife laughing aloud beside me, have held up through the repeated readings. More, more, more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carl craig on January 22, 2012
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this book is a brilliant first book to give a great introduction to cul de sac for new fans and old fans alike it features all the comics from the first 2 cul de sac collections ; cul de sac and cul de sac children at play the most surprising and delightfull part of this book is a 20 page sample of full colour water colour comics from when cul de sac ran in the washington post as a sunday only feature through out the book is richard thompsons entertaining and helpfull commentry he puts in words of wisdom from the origin of the uh oh babie to the reasons why cul de sac is what it is this book is a must have book for every comic strip lover and cul de sac fan
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