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Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection Paperback – October 4, 2011

Book 11 of 11 in the Pearls Before Swine Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Pearls Before Swine Collection
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449408176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449408176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephan Pastis is an attorney turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area, with his wife and two children.

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I recommend this to anybody that wants to have a good laugh.
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LARRY IN WONDERLAND is a book that will be enjoyed by any "Pearls Before Swine" fan and anyone who enjoys great comic strips.
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I always look forward to the release of a new book and this one does not disappoint.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger Farnham on October 22, 2011
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Stephan Pastis has to be one of the most creative and off-the-wall cartoonists since Gary Larson and his "Far Side" cartoons. This is a new collection of what I think is some of the best Pearls cartoons he has published. I always look forward to the release of a new book and this one does not disappoint. Just settle back and laugh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Rose Carson on November 5, 2011
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Stephen Pastis is the funniest cartoonist in America. Psychiatrists, psychologists and doctors should hand out his book to all patients. It will cure depression instantly. This crew of outlandish characters can make you laugh out loud every time. Steve, what a way to earn a living! Good for you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hi on October 10, 2011
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this book is amazing. its funny and has a variety of comics (croc vs. zebra, ect)
I recomend this book to anyone who enjoys pearls before swine or anyone who heard about this from a friend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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I am a major fan of "Pearls Before Swine". Since the death of Charles Schulz ("Peanuts"), the retirement of Bill Watterson ("Calvin and Hobbes"), and the semi-retirement of Bill Amend ("Foxtrot"), there isn't a whole lot of inventiveness, creativity, and originality happening in the comics. The local papers around this area don't yet publish "Cul de Sac" or "Lio". Luckily, they all publish "Pearls Before Swine". Though the strip is full of witty puns, one-liner, and extensive verbal gags, the strip works best in three situations: anything to do with the Crocs, anytime the strip breaks the "rules" of comics (for instance stepping outside of the panel, bringing characters from other strips inside the Pearls world, etc.), and when the strip has a longer storyline. There's a little bit of each in LARRY IN WONDERLAND which features strips that originally ran from Aug. 24, 2009 to May 23, 2010. In this collection the Crocs try to invade Zebra's house and capture him in a variety of ways from taking a television customer satisfaction survey to climbing a ladder to becoming census workers. Other comics that are parodied in the collection include "Love Is...", "Family Circus", and "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith". A few of the longer storylines in this collection include the Crocs attempt to kill The Google, the Larry in Wonderland storyline, and Rats campaign to get Ziggy to put on pants. LARRY IN WONDERLAND is a book that will be enjoyed by any "Pearls Before Swine" fan and anyone who enjoys great comic strips.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wandering boy VINE VOICE on December 8, 2011
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The only sad part about this book (and it's not weepy sad) is that the whole book isn't about Larry and Bob and crew. I swear Pastis has been in my old neighborhood and followed my former neighbors around, then made them into crocs and gave them names! You have to love Larry and the boys. Although, I'm partial to Rat and Pig, I find the crocs to be extremely funny. Another great collection of the PBS crew. If you've never read PBS, this is a great starting point to meet the entire cast. I'm not sure there is any other cartoonist that can capture the moment with the facial expressions like Pastis does with Rat, Pig, Goat, Larry and all the other charaters that flow through PBS.

Wonderful strips!
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Larry in Wonderland is a Pearls Before Swine Collection featuring the daily newspaper strips which ran from August 23, 2009, to May 23, 2010. If you have never heard of it before, Pearls Before Swine is a comic strip that features anthropomorphic rats, pigs, zebras, crocodiles and whatnot. It runs the gamut from your pretty typical comic strip type humor (you know, things like Twitter jokes or a cactus who wants a hug) to some pretty seriously self-referential meta-weirdness.

As I live in a small town where the local newspaper is apparently written by meth-addled sixth graders and is nearly unreadable, I haven't had access to daily comic strips in some time. Because of this, I had no idea what to expect from a Pearls Before Swine collection.

And I sure as hell couldn't have imagined something like this.

This strip has moments of such weirdness that I cannot fathom how it is as popular as it is in mainstream culture. I don't think Stephan Pastis can figure it out either. Maybe this is why he begins the collection with a number of letters to various newspaper editors across the country all expressing their outrage at Pearls Before Swine. Or maybe this is just part of the joke?

The strip constantly draws attention to the fact that it is a comic strip, which allows the humor to transcend the confines of normal comic strip humor. For example, look at one of the first strips in the collection:

A normal strip would have ended one panel sooner, which would have made fans of Family Circus chuckle and would have probably been posted on Facebook by Middle School English Teachers and Librarians.
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By R. Dean on November 21, 2011
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Before I could review this book I had to pry it out of the hands of my nine year old son. Considering the book was competing with an x-box and the online Lego universe game he is currently obsessed with I consider that high praise indeed. Even higher praise is that I was waiting impatiently in line to read it myself. I am a huge Pearls before Swine fan and this collection did not disappoint. If you are unfamiliar with Pearls Before Swine it is definitely in the same family as The Far Side or a more grown up Calvin and Hobbs. It follows the characters of a cynical and hedonistic rat, a slow witted pig, the educated goat, the ignorant, inept crocodiles and the sensitive liberal zebra who evades their plots. But saying all of this does not feel like it does any of the humor justice. Suffice to say that any comic that can combine elaborate puns, drinking jokes and a plot line that involves replacing the punchlines of Family Circus with the complete speeches of Benito Mussolini is ok in my book.
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Stephan Pastis took an unusual route to becoming a number-one best-selling comics creator: he went to law school. It's not that he didn't want to become a cartoonist - as a child growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino, he spent many happy hours off by himself drawing. He was routinely called on to create cartoons for his school newspapers. But by the time he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science, Pastis - a completely self-taught artist - felt it unlikely that his cartoons would ever be syndicated.

So he found himself sitting in class at UCLA Law School, hopelessly bored, sketching the character Rat (who would later become a mainstay of all his future comic strips). Creative inspiration followed him through graduation in 1993 to his first law firm job in San Francisco, where by 1996 he finally started submitting his comics to syndicates. Persisting through an initial spate of rejections, Stephan Pastis created his signature strip Pearls Before Swine and eventually signed on with his syndicate in 1999. Pearls was off and running, making appearances on the web, in newspapers, and in many best-selling books.

In 2013, inspired to break out of the box of a daily comic strip, Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children's author, penning the first book in a projected middle grade series called Timmy Failure, about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. Fail it did not; receiving stellar reviews and becoming an instant New York Times and National Indie bestseller. Now published in nearly 40 languages worldwide, Pastis' defective detective is poised to become the next big breakout children's book character.


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