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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing; English Ed edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561633828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561633821
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There couldn't be a simpler premise than the one that drives every one of this book's 30 cartoons of 60 tiny, wordless panels apiece: Mr. O is a tiny geometrical stick figure whose path is interrupted by a chasm. All he wants is to make it to the other side (which every other creature and character in the book seems to be able to do without a problem), but every scheme he tries lands him at the bottom of the pit (which is off-panel, but seems to be a very long way down). The effect is reminiscent of a collection of Charlie-Brown-and-the-football strips or Road Runner cartoons stripped down to their barest, micro-minimal essence of line, color and existential frustration, and ending up with something universal and hilarious. From the book's outset, French cartoonist Trondheim sets up the ground rules for the strip's look and content—the laws of physics here are a bit different from the ones in our world, but they are consistent—and then runs through an increasingly complicated (and hysterically funny) set of variations on the crossing-the-chasm problem. Mr. O tries bridges, wings, springs, levers, hot air, an airplane, a teleportation device and several unusual (and scatological) options to get across, with the same fatal result every time. It seems like an idea that could generate an infinite number of gags, but Trondheim actually comes up with a perfectly apt conclusion to the book that's its best and darkest joke.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8–This wordless cartoon adventure is told in 60 rectangular frames per page that resemble tiny, animated film stills. Mister O cannot seem to get from one side of a canyon to the other. Page after page, he watches others successfully jump or fly or rocket to the other side, using grappling hooks and transporters and even eating cow dung to aid them. However, every time Mister O mimics their methods, he ends up plunging once again into the abyss. Every page chronicles a separate attempt at crossing, beginning with the circular-shaped Mister O peering over the cliff, trying a new approach, and ending up at the bottom. His fellow travelers are also simply drawn shapes: triangles, ovals, and cucumbers. Trondheim manages to express a wide range of ideas and emotions with his stick-figure characters. He uses an assortment of pleasant, earthy colors, changing backgrounds from lavender to brick red to pea green to prevent monotony. Featuring an inventive assortment of situations for Mister O and his never-ending, ever-failing quest, this hilarious book is guaranteed to please readers.–J. M. Poole, East Rochester Public Library, NY
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By photographer/author mom on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Image: A 6-year-old boy sitting crosslegged on the floor and a 40+ man leaning against a wall of comic books in NYC's Forbidden Planet store each reading Mister O. Both (unbeknownst to each other) following each panel of every page and literally laughing out loud...

P.S. I bought the book. Many congratulations to this brilliant author for managing to portray the complexities of life in such an accessible way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Cates on April 1, 2005
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There are few comics as minimalist as Mister O, and few that will make you laugh as hard. The premise is utterly minor: a little round fellow reaches a chasm; he wants to cross it; he fails. Trondheim puts this tragic little script through dozens of variations, mostly depending on the means that Mister O tries to use to cross the chasm. The book is wordless, and its drawing style is so spare that it's almost "pure icon" -- the very foundation of cartooning. Mister O's failures are so frequently hilarious that Trondheim give you new respect for the power of comics to tell a story. I can't think of a humor collection I would recommend more highly.
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Format: Hardcover
Everything happens to Mister O! trying to cross a cliff to the other side of the mountain, he will go through all sorts of thing to cross, and then once there... he will fell!
A very very funny book, my niece loved it from the library and I bought it for her, but I enjoyed it as well!
It is amazing how the author does not need words to discribe situations, and to make you laugh!
Great book for kids that do not read yet.
A great comedy book to gather all the family!
I can not stop prasing it! I love it!
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By K. Moore on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Mister O" is one of the funniest, most original, most beutiful things I have ever seen in my life. You should feel sorry for Mister O as he comes to many untimely fates(Most of them involve falling of a cliff) But you can't help laughing out loud at every strip. It has some blood, and someone dies each strip, so parents may want to read it before they give it to their kids. but I still recommend this book to any fan of comics, slapstick, or people falling to their deaths.
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By B. Gragg on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. It's horrible, and you should feel bad for the poor little guy who's just trying to get across a chasm and continually meets with an untimely end, but it's absolutely hilarious to see. I bought one for my school library back in December, and it hasn't been in for more than five minutes since. Mister O is pure genius, and an absolute riot.
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