Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
If you are not familiar with previous works of Matthew Inman (aka, TheOatmeal.com), you will like this collection of snarky comics just as much as fans: this is his best book yet. Those previous books were NY Times bestsellers for good reason: painfully-funny attacks on the absurdities of modern life by the budding Matt Groening of his generation (long before he created The Simpsons, I loved Groening's 'Life is Hell' comics: funny and inventive, as Inman is today).

One previous book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You actually became the Times #1 Bestseller. This is a seriously funny, talented young guy - who only started creating these comics on his Oatmeal website in 2009. Other books - highly recommended - are 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) , his first collection, and My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man's Best Friend , a funny and poignant homage to dogs.

This, his second collection of comics (others were books with a single theme), contains a barrage of funny attacks on the latest culture fads, our digital lives, and more. If you are unfamiliar with Inman, the cover comic of a bear is an anomaly for his work: it looks like a traditional comic panel. Most of his comics, however, actually look like a funny poster, with professional graphics and type, and cleanly-rendered minimalist characters. In fact, all of Inman's books come with one poster-size comic folded inside the back cover. Some of the favorite comics from this collection: "What your email address says about your computer skills" (hilarious chart with @gmail, @hotmail, etc.; look away if your address is @aol), "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane", "6 Things You Really Don't Need to Take a Photo of", and "How I interpret my beverage options on an airplane" (hint: he likes ginger ale).

Excellent collection, can't wait for the next one.

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Warning: The material is definitely for adults and is not for the easily-offended. One reviewer called it 'profane' and offensive and though I personally like that kind of material and don't find Inman gratuitously vulgar, you should know that this is R-rated material.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is a 2013 collection of comics by Matthew Inman from his website, The Oatmeal (theoatmeal.com). It features a large number of comics from the site plus several new ones.

This is pretty standard Oatmeal fare, which is to say, it's vulgar, over-the-top, snarky, by turns informative and relatable, frequently hilarious, and not for the easily offended. There are a lot of highlights here, including the title comic, "What It Means When You Say Literally," and "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane." And like the other Oatmeal collections, this is a high-quality book with glossy pages; the vast majority of the illustrations are in color.

Some of the old comics have been expanded or edited in subtle ways. An example is the removal of the "thankfully" from "the (thankfully) late Jerry Falwell" in "What It Means When You Say Literally." This, in conjunction with the conspicuous but not unwelcome omission of the controversial "How to Suck at Your Religion" and the online appearance of some other recent Oatmeal comics not included here (e.g., "Christopher Columbus Was Awful"), shows us a new, more constructive, less cheap-shot-taking Oatmeal. Don't worry, though, The Oatmeal hasn't become any gentler or more restrained, and it's still not for the uptight. But it's a bit more mature, if anything that prominently features jokes about bear testicles can be called "mature."

The bottom line, though, is that this is funny stuff. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is another great Oatmeal collection, and if you like Inman's other work, you'll like this one about as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
This was the second book I bought my daughter for Christmas, because it was recommended reading when I bought the first book,
Hyperbole and a Half. Unfortunately it wasn't the same kind of humor...a lot more crass with swear words, etc. It's OK, but really nothing I'd recommend to anyone, necessarily, unless of course, they have that same kind of sense of humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
I read The Oatmeal on a regular basis, so I was fairly disappointed in the offerings of this newest book. I don’t know if I expected lots of new content or just more original stuff, but for some reason Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants was fairly underwhelming.

As with the previous Oatmeal books, the newest selection is a wide selection of the usual Oatmeal comics. The usual funny tone with incredible graphics, fans of the web comic are bound to laugh. If you are a fan though, you will find a majority of the comics had already appeared online, kind of making the book unnecessary. Sure there are a few new ones, but not enough to warrant an entire book.

A funny book that I did enjoy, I will warn that I had hoped for a little more original material. Nothing is as funny the second time around as it is the first. Still funny though and filled with wry humor, if you are a fan of cat jokes, or even bears in underpants, this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
A wonderful collection by The Oatmeal! I'm very happy that I bought this book and am considering buying his previous books. Much of the material was already published on his website, but since I am quite fond of flipping through random pages before work each day, it's not like I grow tired of the material. Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
I laughed quite often while reading and looking at the brilliant artwork from The Oatmeal. While there are familiar comics for people who frequent Matt's website, there are plenty of new works to keep you entertained for the price of a movie and plenty of brilliant works to show your friends and co-workers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
Maybe the Kindle version is just too "interactive" but it was hard to read. I had to click on the pictures to read the thought bubbles. So, when I did that, it was a bit boring overall. It seemed the author had a "rush to print" mentality here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
I must start by saying that I'm a big Oatmeal fan. I absolutely loved his first book and I still read it from time to time.

Unfortunately his last book as failed to make me laugh out loud like I normally do. There's new material in it but it really is not the same quality than his previous work. And I find there's way too much of his old stuff rearranged in a different way. The images are big so they take a lot more space and there isn't much content.

Thats my opinion, I still think he's a kickass author, but maybe he got caught up in publishing quick to make more money instead of waiting to have tons a great content.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
The poster included is on the advantages and disadvantages of working at home. Like the "How to tell if your cat is trying to kill you?" poster, this one is going on my wall.

The comics are all familiar if you're a normal oatmeal reader, but it's still a very satisfying experience to have someone unfamiliar with the Oatmeal pick up the book and start laughing and asking questions about "Who wrote this?"

The quality is great, the colors are vivid in general it's just a perfect coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2013
Great stuff, but had seen about half of the comics already online (I read all his stuff) - otherwise would be 5 stars.
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