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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
I avoid buying "real" books as much as possible, and cannot remember the last time I pre-ordered a book. But I've been a huge fan of The Oatmeal for quite a while and figured I'd give it a shot... for $7.72, there was no way I'd pass it up.

The book is awesome, and the unseen comics are fantastic. Only downside is that I can't just link them to my friends like I am used to. The colors and the pages are perfectly designed, will make a fantastic gift for under $10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2011
There is no place for exaggeration and unctuous praise in any review but I fear any fan runs the risk of coming across this way.

I dutifully pre-ordered this volume and it was worth every penny.

What's so great about this book?

1. It's by the Oatmeal. Yeah, I know- duh.

2. It contains a decent chunk of the classic comics plus some new ones and a removable poster. Sure it would been a wonderful addition to have the articles but hey, then it would have cost much more than $7 and change. It's printed on high-quality paper and quite simply, a colourful addition to any collection. Not personally into such things but it might also be someone's answer to the ideal micro-coffee table book.

3. Not a single wasted page, which is amazing. Every book, whether it's a textbook or nursery rhymes has b.s. pages that are blank. This did not. What can I say, I like efficiency and one less dead tree.

Are any of the things I've enumerated reasons to help feed Inman for a day? Of course not.

I won't pretend this book is life-changing, some overused adjective on par with AWESOME!!!, or that it's even necessary reading. A lot of this stuff is already online, so big whoop, right?

Well... it cracks me up that this shot straight to the (very nearly) top amidst self-help, dieting, and pulp fiction. Therefore, I say make this baby shine.

Help keep America semi-literate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2011
I have to say, while it is clear from his artwork that Matthew Inman must have been quite the talented web designer, it seems that he missed his true calling. The writing contained in his comics ranges from total fact to total absurdity while the artwork provides the perfect illustrative emphasis to the point of often painful hilarity. Ordering this book to have it as soon as available was really a no-brainer for me. I can't wait for more.

The book itself is of a truly impressive production quality; thick card-stock is used for every page and a fine gloss finish really makes Inman's vivid use of color in his artwork really stand out. This book is as pretty as it is funny. The foldout poster included in the back of the book is perfect for framing and posting in your office; it is safe for work and speaks only the truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
When I was 5 years old, I found myself lost on the wrong side of the tracks in our town's aquatic mammal district. I feared for my life as I tried to find my way home past the piercing, judgmental eyes of distrustful porpoises and narwhals. I made a wrong turn and ended up in an alleyway surrounded by bottlenose dolphins. They stole my super mario brothers wallet that contained $3.49 and a coupon for a free Quarter Pounder with Cheese with purchase of a large Coca-cola product. I will never be able to forget the feeling of those moist flippers slapping me around. I was only able to wrestle myself free by punching one of them in the blowhole. I escaped while they were distracted and was able to make it home without further harm. For this, I have my own personal 6th reason to punch a dolphin in the mouth; sweet, sweet revenge.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
1. The book itself is very nice. Because it was $7 I thought it was going to be cheap but it is definitely a nice book. The book is all the glossy kinda thick paper which is really nice. It just feels really good and has a nice weight to it. (Things I miss now that I have a Kindle)

2. All of the comics are absolutely ridiculously funny. And my favorite part is that even though some of these comics are kinda offensive they are not bad enough that it is embarrassing that I like it.

3. It's cheap- If you don't think that a book this amazing is easily worth $7 then I'm sure you have a hard time justifying food to yourself.

4. Best coffee table book ever! - This is now a permanent part of my coffee table; just this one book. In fact I may need to get another one because everyone is going to want to read this at the same time.

And the pull out poster is perforated so it's easy to, I suppose, pull out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
Children will find this funny. I think this is an unavoidable segue to the new, modern kid: a chile who can laugh, mock, and learn.

Love, love, love the grammar lessons.

I think the layout of this book could use a little more thought. I'm all about randomness, but I think kids would be well-served if given some sort of structure. As I want my son to make connections to reading and learning, it would be helpful to be able to find information easier

There is--or should always be--structure to any madness.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
If you like TheOatmeal.com, you need this book, and if you don't like the book, I pity you for what a large meteor is about to do to your crotch while you sleep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2012
There are a select number of books that come along once in a generation that change the face of human history. The Bible is one. Mien Kampf is another. Add this book to that list.

As other reviewers say, justifications for dolphin-punching were non-existent. Now, I punch all the time. Why you ask? IT INSULTED MY MOTHER!!!!

So, that was my justification for purchasing this fine tome. Please purchase this book and make the world, a better place
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2011
At half off the list price, this is a TREASURE! I fell in love with Oatmeal last year online and I would have gladly paid full price for this book. Lots of old favorites and many brand new comics. The book is nicely bound and glossy. I am very happy with my purchase and can't wait to see more from Mr. Inman. For your own good and the good of those around you, buy this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
I love The Oatmeal comics and have been reading the site for a long time. As soon as I saw that he is releasing a book, I knew that I must have it :).

I was surprised how good the quality of the print and the paper was for such a low price. The book is great, in fact I even saw a few comics I have never seen before.

Thanks again! Keep up the good work!
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