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Tequila Mockingbird: A Book of Animal Cartoons Hardcover – May 5, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1ST edition (May 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810948478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810948471
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leo Cullum, a recently retired commercial airline pilot, has published 500 cartoons in The New Yorker since his first work appeared there in 1977. His cartoons also appear regularly in Barron's and the Harvard Business Review. His work is included in numerous anthologies, and it has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He lives in Malibu, California.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on October 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was thrilled to discover this new volume of animal cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Leo Cullum!

Like Scotch & Toilet Water?: A Book of Dog Cartoons, Tequila Mockingbird is further evidence that Cullum's first name is so appropriate. It's a cartoon jungle out there, and Leo's the king.

A wonderful 128 page volume, the book is stuffed with wonderful animal cartoons from Smokey the Bear on the witness stand testifying that "Absolutely! Where there's smoke there's fire," to a businessman commenting to his suit clad simian counterpart "You've had enough 'monkey see,' Edwards. We want some 'monkey do.'"

By far my favorite though is one in which a doctor with his stethoscope on a giant raven's back is asking the bird to "quoth." Its cartoons like that that continue to challenge me to write better.

Please pick this up in hardcover (my mother-in-law and I agree that the only real books are hardcovers) as soon as your cartoon book budget will allow. And if you don't currently have a cartoon book budget, then shame on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tucker Andersen VINE VOICE on March 7, 2005
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Readers of THE NEW YORKER or even individuals who occasionally just peruse the magazine's wonderful cartoons will be familiar with the talent of Leo Cullum, who has had over five hundred of his cartoons published there since 1977. This marvelous collection of his animal cartoons from the pages of that magazine provides the reader with 124 separate opportunities (including the cartoons on the front and back cover) to smile, chuckle, laugh out loud and occasionaly sympathize and commiserate with the animals portrayed. As the author states in his introduction, "animals are masters of metaphor...[and] the area of the cartoonist [is] to take an animal's personal cliche and blow it out of all reasonable proportion" or to cause us to see it in a new light. Of course we have the chicken crossing the road and the early bird ordering the worm, but we also have the unexpected grazing buffalo on his cellphone confiding that "I love the convenience, but the roaming charges are killing me".

It's impossible for me to pick a favorite from among this universally good collection, but I will mention a few others to provide some further flavor. While difficult to choose among the several which include political commentary, my favorite is probably the lion looking with regret at his paw and exclaiming to his mate - "He damaged a nerve when he pulled ther thorn out. I'd have a surefire malpractice suit if I hadn't eaten him." There are also several that simply include marvelous wordplay, such as the cowpoke explaining to his sidekick as he stands over the hogtied calf while brandishing his branding iron, "this part is easy. The tough part is instilling brand loyalty".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Jackson on August 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You know who you are -- those of you out there who pick up "The New Yorker" only to read the cartoons. There have been priceless collections through the years, from James Thurber to volumes such as "The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons", and so on.

Leo Cullum fits into that group of cartoonists for the thinking person, inspiring everything from a wry grin to a burst of laughter. Typical is the mouse on the psychiatrist's couch who says, "Do people go 'eek!' when you enter a room?" or the cow in the lone ranger mask who proclaims that he is mystery meat.

A fine group of cartoons, as is his other collection, "Scotch and Toilet Water" (picture a dog at a bar...).
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The book looked dirty (smudged) and looked used when I received it. I couldn't give it as a gift like I planned; kept it instead.
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