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Product Details

  • Series: Pearls Before Swine
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449401066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449401061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,880 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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This book was a specific request of the recipient, who laughs out loud reading it!
AK
This is a great comic strip book by Stephen Pastis pearls before swine is a hilarious book I like the humorous exchanges between Rat and Pig.
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What I like most about the Treasuries is that he adds a decent number of comments to comics in the book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JD Willis III on March 6, 2011
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The new Pearls Before Swine treasury is such fun to read. Not only are the strips outstanding, but it's fun to double-dip on the creator's commentary and background on each strip in the book. It's great to read Stephan Pastis' take on his characters and how his humor develops.

Thank you Mr Pastis for continuing to deliver hilarious characters and strips for over seven years. Love the rat, pig, goat, zebra, crocs, guard duck, Snuffles the cat, and of course, Danny Donkey!

Andy the dog is one of my all-time favorite characters, who is featured heavily in this book.

The fun continues unabated in "Pearls Blows Up"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SAHM on March 21, 2011
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Pearls Before Swine is definitely a comic strip for readers who like something different, interesting, unique, and FUNNY!

The treasuries are great. I love the creator's comments underneath each strip. Buying it for the comments alone is worth it, they are often times as funny as the strip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Voz on February 8, 2012
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I've been a fan of Pearls Before Swine since it first appeared in our local paper. This treasury happens to contain the strips from a period of time when I'd stopped getting the paper, so the selections were all new to me. Pastis has a sharp sense of humor, and is not afraid to make fun of his own efforts, even when it comes to violating the "rules" of drawing comic strips.

Also, as a bonus, the "treasuries" like "Pearls Blows Up" include commentary from Stephan Pastis that brings to life the background of his creativity, explains some plot-lines, or even outright apologizes when he realizes that a joke just plain flopped!

Please note- a large part of the value of the "treasuries" vs. the "collections" is the commentary by Stephan Pastis. When someone has rated a book like this lower as it presents "no new material", I think they are missing this point. The description of the books clearly states if the material is drawn from previous collections, so I think it unfair that the treasuries might be criticized in this respect. Well worth buying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Downing on March 18, 2011
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Steven Pastis is the funniest cartoonist out there. This book is just a funny as all his previous books! Gotta love them crocs :)
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“Pearls Before Swine” has grown exponentially in just a few years from being a small, West Coast comic strip to becoming a national powerhouse and one of the best comic strips currently being published in newspapers. The strips are sometimes edgy, often relevant, and funny. PEARLS BLOWS UP is a treasury of “Pearls Before Swine” comic strips. The strips in this collection first appeared in the books 50,000,000 PEARLS FANS CAN’T BE WRONG and WHEN PIGS FLY. They first ran in newspapers from February 17, 2008 – August 23, 2009.

Many of the strips include notes and commentary by Pastis. Even if you own every other collection of “Pearls”, this treasury is worth owning for the notes from Pastis alone. “Pearls Before Swine” remains my favorite current running comic strip, and this collection includes some great storylines.
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This is one of my favorite comic strips to read in the morning. First the artist doesn't take himself too seriously and when he's short on ideas he often draws himself in the comic (generally looking like a bum) and has his characters poke fun at him for not being great. Secondly, its almost always funny. From Rat doing and saying the things you really want to in real life, but not being able to; to Pig's sweetness balancing it out. Oh and of course the crocodiles...always trying to catch Zebra in some elaborate scheme (ok elaborate is probably too big of a word for the crocs, but some type of scheme.) Thirdly he has fun with some of the other comics, normally Family Circus, and it's always fun to see their interactions with Pastis's world.

The biggest bonus of buying the treasury is to read Pastis's commentary and see what he's thinking. He openly admits when he thinks a strip is bad and often provides some great insight into what he was thinking in the storyline. Pearls before swine is always a fun read and this latest treasury provides entertainment to last hours upon hours.
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I wish I had all the Pearls Before Swine books, but picking and choosing, I love the Treasury editions that have his marginal notes in them. And the Treasuries are bigger, and that's better, because I wish they could just go on and on. Pastis is a genius of cartooning, one of the few modern masters, and as silly as the original E.C.Segar Thimble Theater/Popeye strips.
Pastis does a great job considering the ridiculous limitations the syndicates and papers put modern strips under. If fact, Pearls is made for smaller sizes except for the print which sometimes diminishes into oblivion with reduction, but take heart, because the strips are reproduced at a great size in the books. I'm glad Pastis went into drawing cartoons instead of doing something crazy like being a lawyer that goes into politics.
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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.