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Product Details

  • Series: Pearls Before Swine Treasury
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449446590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449446598
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An ark of doodles and scribbles used as a delivery device for the trenchant and the ludicrous, Pearls Before Swine is one of the few comics worth reading in the funny pages these days." (LA Weekly)

"In the years since it debuted in 2001, "Pearls Before Swine" has developed the kind of strong, cross-generational appeal shared by few strips since "Peanuts." (David Timberline, Style Weekly)

"...contains...witty and crisp commentary to reader remarks about specific strips." (Harry Moskos, The Sunday Journal)

"...a sampling of his funniest work." (Allen Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee)

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 absolutely love the crocs and would like more of their antics in each book.
Vickie B. Melton
Am a fan of PBS, and have all the other Treasuries which I can read and re-read!
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If you like Stephan Pastis or Pearls Before Swine you will love this treasury.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynda M. Essman on March 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
It doesn't matter what kind of mood I'm in, these cartoons will make me laugh aloud. I've only been a major fan of a few cartoonists before I discovered Pearls Before Swine. I've noticed that Stephan is also a fan of these same artists, so he has a similar sense of humor--a little dark and a lot hilarious. I'm Goat, by the way. Stephan says he's Rat, but I sense he's got a lot of Pig in him, too! I own all the treasuries available so far and have turned on many of my friends to Pearls by gifting them with some of the collections. Now they are also major fans of Stephan's work. I'm so glad Stephan stopped being a lawyer and now uses his intelligence and wit for something constructive.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2014
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I'm a big fan of the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine." The strips are sometimes edgy, often relevant, and funny. PEARLS FALLS FAST is a treasury of "Pearls Before Swine" comic strips. The strips in this treasury first appeared in the book collections UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT and RAT’S WARS. These strips first ran in newspapers from February 28, 2011 to September 3, 2012.

Unlike some other comic strip treasuries, a "Pearls Before Swine" treasury includes notes from Pastis on many of the comics in the book. Even if you own all UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT and RAT'S WARS, PEARLS FALLS FAST is a book worth owning just for the notes by Pastis. Some provide some insight to the life of a cartoonist while others are just plain funny. This treasury has some great storylines. Some of these found in the book include: where Larry the Croc becomes the Vice President of a neighborhood Kids Club treehouse, Rat returning to work at Joe's Roastery, a story where aliens who are just anthromorphic beer cans visit the neighborhood, the imprisonment of Stephan Pastis for Rat's anti-government tirades, and Zebra's decision to build a huge wall to protect him from the Crocs; the Crocs continued attempt at getting over Zebra’s wall; Rat joining the Occupy Movement by Occupying Sesame Street; Rat getting sent to Siberia with the rest of Stephan’s missing luggage and Rat’s revenge afterwards; Larry the Croc getting caught in a compromising photo with his Zebra neighbor; Rat being hired to revise Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood; the break-out of the East Coast-West Coast Cartoonist War; Larry’s son becomes friends with Freddy the Frog; and Guard Duck’s “adoption” of Dinky Duckling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By railfan on March 26, 2014
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Here's yet another compilation of "Pearls" to amuse (Horrify?) you. It's the usual bunch of suspects up to their definitely deep left field actions. Nothing has really changed, but the way the characters go about their routines does change with frightening frequency. Rat is still Rat, but somehow Pastis finds new avenues for Rat to travel to do his nefarious deeds. Pig is still the totally bewildered innocent, and you wonder why he still ain't woke up and smelled the coffee. Zebra is still plagued with his crocodile neighbors who still try (unsuccessfully) to eat him, and goat is still his erudite self. In all, the book is a hoot and well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Garrett on July 11, 2014
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I got my dad hooked on Pearls a long time ago and I give him these treasuries every year. Of course, I read it first. The Pastis commentaries on various strips are priceless. I love this particular collection--especially funny. I laughed until I cried over the childhood Pastis cartoons that he included at the end. Pearls never disappoints!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. James on May 30, 2014
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If you like Pearls, you'll like this one. His drawing has definitely improved, but the stories could use a little more variation. There are several plots that are repeated over and over but with different jokes, punchlines or participating characters. But, hey, you try coming up with original ideas 365 days a year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jhay on July 9, 2014
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This author has the simplest and funniest down to earth straight forward humor I have ever read. He is a genius, and I cannot wait to read more excerpts from complaint letters by the humorless people who read it. It really makes a dull day smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Klinzman on June 4, 2014
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Simply put, Stephan Pastis has the best comic strip all around. These reprints are made all the more humorous with the hundreds of comments included by the author. These books are great even in rereading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikachu on June 3, 2014
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i looooove this strip sooo much! i read pearls before swine every day!it is sooooo funny . i would give stephan pastis a million dollars!
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More About the Author

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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