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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Pap/Pstr edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449401163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449401160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Social etiquette, animals, rules of grammar, and more are critiqued in ways ranging from the educational to the bizarre in this collection of comic strips from TheOatmeal.com. While proceeding directly from the newspaper strip tradition, these Web comics present observational humor that's a little more vulgar, a little more clever, and a little more likely to end up with the reader actually learning something than would have been printed in a nationally syndicated comic strip. The humor, like many classic comics, is based on Andy Rooneyesque shared experiences, such as "10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone," "How to Use a Semicolon (The Most Feared Punctuation on Earth)," and "How to Track, Hunt, and Kill a Unicorn." These are presented in a text-heavy style supplemented with basic, XKCD-like drawings. While the collection is erratic, some of the best strips—many dealing with cats—hit the universal funny bone. (Mar.)
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TheOatmeal.com is an entertainment Web site full of comics, quizzes, and stories. The site gets more than 7 million unique visitors and 30 million page views a month; 250,000 blogs and Web sites have linked to it. TheOatmeal.com is written, drawn, and coded by Matthew Inman, a king of all trades when it comes to the Web. Matthew lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.

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Customer Reviews

The book itself is pretty high quality, with thick, glossy pages.
MOTU Review
I highly recommend this book if you have any sense of humor at all, because you'll definitely enjoy it!
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This book gives you more than just 5 good reasons to punch a dolphin in the mouth.
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Concepcion on March 1, 2011
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Until I read this book I didn't really have a reason to punch a dolphin in the mouth. It had always been more of a random and uncontrolled sort of response when I was within reach of one. But after reading Matthew's book, I can now justify my behavior to the dolphinarium authorities in five different ways.

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!
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103 of 114 people found the following review helpful By TheCaptain on March 24, 2011
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Apparently if you are reading this you are on the fence about buying this book.

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.
You suck.

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.

Choose wisely.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Venompig890 on March 1, 2011
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I remember seeing The Oatmeal's website last year and immediately fell in love with his artistic style, wit, and word-play. I have never read a comic book that has literally made me laugh out loud as effectively as Matthew Inman's creations. This book blends humour, education, vulgarity, violence, and comedy (with a little bit of oatmeal) and the end result is sheer comedic brilliance.

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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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2011
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.G.Dehaan on March 1, 2011
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Innovative and hilarious. As a frequent fan of the website, I was not disappointed. I find that Mr. Oats' comics are hilarious every time you see them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Brown on May 28, 2012
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After reading this detailed guide to punching a marine mammal square in the bottlenose, I went to my local SeaWorld branch and delivered a blow that smug fish-wannabe won't soon forget.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on March 1, 2011
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5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (2011) is a collection of comics by Matthew Inman from his website, The Oatmeal. It features a large number of comics from the site plus 27 new ones.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Birch on March 1, 2011
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This book is a nuclear funny bomb, and will be used to laughter torture Al Qaeda instead of water boarding. You have been warned, this book contains secret techniques for tracking, hunting and killing unicorns; arming your pets for war and other insidious hilarity. Read it at your discretion and buy insurance so you have money to repair your colon after the first few pages.
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