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Every Person on the Planet: An Only Somewhat Anxiety-Filled Tale for the Holidays Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743274709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743274708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Edmund and Rosemary lead quiet lives in their Brooklyn apartment with their cat and their neuroses. One day, despite their preference for solitude, they inexplicably decide to throw a party. They feel obliged to invite so many people they do not particularly like that they finally decide they might as well invite everybody in the world. So they do, and most of the world's population shows up. Author and illustrator Kaplan was not only a writer for Seinfeld and Six Feet Under, but he is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker. Heavily illustrated with cartoons on almost every page, Every Person is like a children's storybook written for adults. Though Kaplan engages in surreal exaggeration for comic effect, Edmund and Rosemary's soiree is all too recognizably real. Party givers will empathize with the hosts' worries that their fete will turn into a disaster; party goers will admire Kaplan's keen observations on social behavior. Kaplan's cartoons turn adults into appealingly childlike figures, and he has a talent for visual understatement that fits the dry manner in which he describes the absurdities of this gathering of six billion in one New York apartment. Anyone who has ever given a party should be delighted by this charming, humorous book. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Bruce Eric Kaplan, known for his distinctive, off-beat single-panel cartoons, has been a New Yorker cartoonist for more than ten years. He is also a television writer and was an executive producer for the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, as well as a writer on Seinfeld (funnily enough, one of his most well-known episodes is one where Elaine becomes increasingly frustrated over what she takes to be an utterly nonsensical New Yorker cartoon).

He has authored and illustrated seven adult titles for Simon & Schuster: the cult classic The Cat That Changed My Life; the collections I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungry; No One You Know; and This Is a Bad Time; and three titles featuring the wonderfully neurotic Brooklyn couple Edmund and Rosemary: Every Person on the Planet, Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, and Everything Is Going to Be Okay. Bruce is also the author and illustrator of three picture books: Monsters Eat Whiny Children, Cousin Irv from Mars, and Meaniehead. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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Cute, but just OK.
P. Olson
I decided I could not give anyone this weird, boring book for Christmas, so now I am stuck with it.
K. Sparks
I found BEK's new book to be wholy original and quite humorous.
M. Baum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Hargadon on December 14, 2005
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If you have enjoyed BEK's drawings in The New Yorker over the years, or have ever suffered from the anxieties induced by the pressures of the year-end holidays, then you must have this book. (Those two things pretty much cover everyone.)

The book is funny in the BEK way, and would make an irreverent gift for those who pretend to have it all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Baum on January 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found BEK's new book to be wholy original and quite humorous. Entertainment Weekly gave it a good review which led me to check it out. Not surprisingly it is quite like his cartoons in The New Yorker each week. For anyone who wants a good laugh, pick up this book. You can't go wrong.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Olson on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Though I laughed a little through the book, all the anxiety of the characters gave me a little of my own. I didn't leave with the good feelings I expected from the reviews. Cute, but just OK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Loved EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET, a short but touching book

written and illustrated by Bruce Eric Kaplan . . . he's a cartoonist

for the NEW YORKER and a former writer for both SEINFELD and

SIX FEET UNDER.

Reading his book was like reading a comic book for adults . . . there

are delightful illustrations on almost every page, and the

accompanying story about a Brooklyn couple who decide to throw

a party--while just a tad bit farfetched--was one I could nevertheless

relate to . . . it seems that in having this bash, they faced the

dilemma of who to invite and who not to invite, so to be safe,

they just everyone in the whole world.

And amazingly, everyone in the world decided to attend.

What was fun was looking at the illustrations and then reading

Kaplan's accompanying commentary, which included such

marvelous passages as the following:

* But if you don't invite all the cousins,

that's all you ever hear about from

your parents and that's the last thing

Edmund and Rosemary needed.

So they invited each and every one

of them and sadly, their spouses who

they didn't care for in any way.

Particularly Edmund's cousin

Helen's husband, Joe,

who was always

irate about something

no one ever cared about.

* A billion people ran into their exes, which was

awkward for them, and everyone else. It was

a real argument for staying in touch with your

exes, but not one that was convincing enough

to make any significant amount of the population

do it in the future.
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