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Daddy's Cap Is on Backwards Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996

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BIL KEANE doesn't have to look any further than his own drawing board for inspiration. Here two of his eight grandchildren--Matilda, a California girl, and her cousin Oliver from Tucson, Arizona--visit Granddad to imprint their personal approval on his cartoon work. Readers of 1,500 newspapers have also been approving of FAMILY CIRCUS since 1960.
"Retire?" says Bil. "Don't be foolish. Why quit a job that is so much fun, especially when I have such lovable assistants!"


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449148165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449148167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kaos on September 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In his modern classic "Daddy's Cap is on Backwards", Keane finally answers the question that has plagued his cartoon family for decades. At last we see his vision of what shall become of the post 50s nuclear family when at last it is proven that God has forsaken man to a cold and lonely eternity. And what a horrifying and terrible vision it truly is.

Now a few years past his heart-crushing Nietzscheian trip into the void of his soul, Billy returns to discover his family radically changed. Like broken marionettes, his parents walk about in a grey-faced fog, searching for meaning in their empty lives. In a poignant scene, Billy finds little PJ gazing into a 2am television screen, his eyes filled with tears, crying "please, please come back and talk to me, I'm no one when you're not here!"

But the vacuous ghosts of his progenitors and younger sibling are dwarfed by the rage of Billy's elder sister, Dolly. Filled with hate and loathing for a modern world without meaning and beyond her control, she has embraced a rabid, radical form of socio-religious fascism. With a terrifying cold fury and savage ruthlessness, Dolly's National Fourth Grade Christian Front rises to dominate the nameless suburban wasteland that Keane's cartoon family inhabit. As literature, teachers, neighbors and even Barky the dog are all cast into the bonfires in nightly Gestapo raids, their deaths blamed on the mythical villains "Not Me" and "Ida Know".

In a painful moment that lays bare her Electra complex in a scene of macabre and bitter truth, Dolly commands her father, now reduced to a hollow man, to throw her very mother into the arms of a rampaging angry mob.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jay Shachter on December 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although he will probably forever be denied the Nobel Prize
because of the radio broadcasts he made during the late war on
behalf of the government in Rome, Bil Keane is certainly one
writer who has nothing to prove. Having already taken his
place among the company of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, and
Dostoyevsky, with the publication of "Daddy's Cap Is On
Backwards" Bil Keane now emerges as the master of them all.
The storyline is deceptively simple: after Thel dies in a freak
accident, Daddy abandons PJ, Jeffie, and Little Billy to take
Dolly on a meandering automobile tour across America,
culminating in the loss of Dolly, and the emergence -- too
late -- of Daddy's ability to love. But God, as Keane has long
demonstrated in his other works, is in the details, and in the
intricate and masterfully coordinated layer upon layer of
innuendo and hidden meanings. The title itself, on its face,
refers only to Dolly's innocent, even endearing, observation
that her father, unlike all the other men in her neighborhood,
lacks a prepuce. But the true significance of Daddy's "cap" is
slowly revealed, chapter by chapter, and even at the end of the
book one is left wondering whether other layers of meaning
remain, beyond the reader's grasp.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on December 20, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book at a bus stop on Highway 41 in Central Florida. It was next to a Jack Chick comic. After reading the Jack Chick book and having the wits scared out of me about the Apocalypse and that Nazis were actually Catholics working for the Pope, who turns out to be the devil, I took great comfort in reading the Family Circus. Just as I picked up the book, the bus came and I eagerly got on. So far my luck was turning for the better.

As I read the Family Circus and the hilarious adventures of Billy, Dolly, PJ, and the unforgetable Barfy the Dog, I began to notice something. Thel is a mega-babe. Look at those long legs! Look an that rack! Look at that flat stomach after squeezing out four puppies, look at that high tight butt! What is she doing with this loser who can't even wear a ball cap!

When I finally got home and I called my girlfriend and asked her to come over. I showed her this wonderful book and I asked her if she could do her hair like Thel. My girlfriend has long blond hair that I thought I really liked, but now all I wanted was a brunette who could shape her hair like a helmet with 'Pit and Pendulum' axes dangling from the bottom.

Long story short, my girlfriend broke up with me when I insisted on calling her Thel. She wasn't worth it anyway. I am now on a quest for a hot mama that looks like Family Circus Thel. If you are a hot 6 foot tall chick with a pointed nose, no forehead, helmet hair, and a hot bod, please shoot me an email. We can have a long happy life of making cartoons together.
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