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5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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"If Inman isn't a king of the Internet, he's certainly among its royalty. The Oatmeal is one of the most popular humor sites on the web." (Todd Leopold, CNN)
"In 2009, Inman put his hand to the page, and the world hasn't stopped laughing since." (Nick Carbone, Time)
"Dangerously funny." (TODAY.com)
"Delightfully absurd musings on both everyday life and fantasy from an unusually creative mind." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Seriously, Matthew Inman's sense of humor is way off center while always ringing true. You may not like every single strip (or "guide") but even if the captions don't do it for you, the drawings themselves will crack you up.
Caution: As I write this, Amazon says that customers who bought this book also bought Garfield books. That *has* to be an inside joke. "Look inside" or go to the author's site at theoatmeal.com before you buy this solely because you like Garfield.
Thank you Mr. TheOatmeal!
You are a failure.
Your mother doesn't love you.
Your father is very disappointed in you.
You will never make the game-winning 3 point shot.
If you are going to buy this book, forget the aforementioned statements.
You will become more attractive.
Parents will ask their children, "why aren't you more like them?"
You will be riding on a rainbow cloud of awesome.
The artwork is fantastic and it never gets old looking back at these comics for a laugh. The book also includes a pull-out poster (that actually doesn't rip in half when you remove it) so you can decorate your wall with The Oatmeal's unique and hilarious display.
I cannot recommend this book enough to everybody. If you get offended by this, The Oatmeal wins. I hope Inman continues to express his creativity and sense of humour for a sophomoric title in another year. Keep it up Oatmeal, we are all reading and laughing along.
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Inman's comics, in both the art and captions, feature his offbeat and manic sense of humor. He is creative, vulgar, and frequently hilarious, and his work is usually better the more over the top it goes (if you don't like this book, "I hope a large meteor finds its way across the universe and smashes directly into your crotch while you sleep," Inman says in the introduction). It's not for everyone, though; the faint of heart, the squeamish, and the uptight may want to stick with Garfield. For me, Inman's one of the few comic authors whose work is still funny after multiple reads.
The book itself is pretty high quality, with thick, glossy pages. Not all the comics are in color, but most are. And they aren't all gems, but the entertainment level here is quite high. If there's a knock on this book, it's that some of the best Oatmeal comics aren't here. Where's the Gayroller?
The Oatmeal definitely isn't for everybody, but if you like Inman's work and style, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth is a great collection.
Immediately after, I found that I had doubled my circle of friends and had become irresistible to the opposite sex, and I received a promotion from mail room clerk to CEO of the company I worked for. I now pull in seven figures a year and am married to a supermodel/massage therapist.
Because of that, I can't recommend this book enough.
This book is a collection of the first year of those comics. At $8, it's more than a bargain. The book quality is very nice, the pages are clean and colorful (and high quality page material, too), and I'd be more than happy to have paid $20 for this. Nevertheless, it isn't without faults.
First, Inman's comics are webcomics. They were made for and meant to be read on the computer screen. Because of this, there's an even flow that has no disruption when you're reading it, and extraneous jokes don't take away from the meat of the punch line. In book form, however, it's a little tricky: there are no page numbers and no Table of Contents. Because of this, it's a little hard to tell someone about a joke, and then have to flip through the book to find it, hoping your company won't lose interest. It's much easier on the computer because you have a clean setup with links.
I also noticed that some of the stuff gets a bit choppy in the book and some pictures are left out. Sure, it's not a big deal in the end; at first I didn't even notice some pictures were missing until I compared them to those on the website. I did find myself losing track of the joke because I wasn't sure which direction to go (up to down first or left to right), but because of my familiarity with The Oatmeal already, I was able to get along.
The included jokes are hysterical, and made me wonder why Inman never put them up on the site.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun quick read book. I would describe it as whitty and funny. Not meant to be taken seriously. I purchased the ebook version. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great book!! It is just a fun joke filled book. Purchased book as a gift for a dolphin lover. She enjoys this book and thinks it is hilarious. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Fishntyme
A fine collection of early The Oatmeal, with some extras. Inman is a legit commentator on many aspects of modern life and frequently friggin hilarious. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Z
Matthew Inman is a delightful author. We have enjoyed all of his published work. His blog is worth reading and following.Published 19 days ago by Angelfishu
Really did laugh out loud! If this could make me crack up, anyone will. Enjoy it people. Love it mPublished 1 month ago by amber dawn james
Weird and fun. A good read for when you aren't sure you have 2 minutes or 20 to take a gander.Published 1 month ago by Danielle
It is a comic book. I thought the pictures were great and it is just the lighthearted book that I needed for my coffee table. Read morePublished 1 month ago by crystal tulip