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Grade 6 Up—The Far Side was one of the greatest comic strips in recent history. Gary Larson's offbeat humor, with its anthropomorphic bugs and lumpy human beings, has influenced countless similar strips, like Rubes, Close to Home, and a host of others. Tundra is another one of those imitators, though Carpenter's art comes a little too close to being more copycat than imitator in this collection of single-panel comic strips. Carpenter lives in Alaska, so there is a bias toward subjects like snowmen, hunters, and moose. It's not that it's not funny—there are some decidedly clever moments, like the witch in the grocery store with a cart full of sugar and gingerbread mix who says she's "building an addition" or the cannibals who are excited to get feet in their stockings for Christmas. But besides rarely straying from typically Larsonesque themes (despite the geographically specific characters), the collection suffers from lax editing. There are a number of jokes that appear in barely altered permutations throughout—in one case, two jokes about the origins of chiropractic medicine occur within a mere four pages of one another. Also, the snowman-with-a-melted-face gag is seriously overused, and the book is about 100 pages too long. All that said, as a supplemental title in a larger collection, this book will find its fans.—Jason M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY
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Tundra launched in 1991 and was inspired by the cartoonist's upbringing in Alaska. Carpenter, who still makes his home in Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage, manages to find fresh sources of laughter every day from his frigid and familiar surroundings.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785436
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Newman VINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
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I originally started picking Tundras up for my oldest son as a gift during my annual Alaskan fishing trips. He ate them up and would pore over them for hours. I was amazed how much he picked up from reading these. He was the only 6 year old I know who made jokes about baleen whales. So you could almost call them educational. In fact it was even from Tundra that he learned to put a sleeping person's hand in warm water.

The cartoons really have a Gary Larson-esque quality, but with a little more bathroom humor. Actually quite a bit more bathroom humor. But there are some real gems, and this collection is the cream of the crop. My son was a little disappointed that he had seen many of the cartoons before but he did follow up with "But they are still funny."

Any one who loves the Far Side will love this collection. And anyone who loves Far Side and Alaska will be in heaven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By No one on May 17, 2013
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I loved it because I'm from Alaska and understood it. It was awesome I loved it. I wish I could find more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
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Ever since Gary Larson retired from drawing "Farside", there has been comic strip after comic strip proclaiming to be the next "Farside". TUNDRA is a single panel strip and has a style of humor similar to that of "Farside" and like many of the comics from "Farside", TUNDRA features nature and animals as it's subjects. However, that's where the similarities end. TUNDRA is more geographically oriented because it's supposed to be set in Alaska, so there are several jokes that are more humorous if you're actually from Alaska. There's also quite a bit of juvenile bathroom humor. The strips are all printed in color, which is a bit unusual because single-panel strips often don't get the full color treatment. Personally, I like about 3/4ths of the strips in the book. I either didn't find the others funny or just didn't get them. However, if you're someone from Alaska who enjoys reading comics, you'll probably love TUNDRA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Woozle on July 28, 2013
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My husband and I have really enjoyed the cartoons in this book. If you liked Far Side, you will love Tundra!
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Had previously purchased the book Tundra: 100% Naturally Flavored Comics (published in 2007) for my daughter while in Alaska. She really enjoyed the book and wanted another so I purchased this one (published in 2009) thru Amazon. Was disappointed to find out about 30% or more (my estimate...I didn't count) of the cartoons in this book were repeats from the other book. Daughter still enjoyed it but I wasn't happy with all the repeats so I gave it 3 stars. Otherwise, the comics are great!
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Chad Carpenter's TUNDRA comes from an award-winning cartoonist who shares his quirky look at nature ala Gary Larson. From talking snowmen to bears who love to startle the food before they eat it, this is a lovely collection especially commended for its large-print strips all in fine full color, appealing to newcomers as well as Tundra fans and recommended for any comic or cartoon collection in any general lending library.
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By Katy Dorfschmidt on December 7, 2013
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These comics are hilarious for anyone growing up in the northern states. I'm from North Dakota and live in Alaska. The comics really strike home. They are kind of stupid humor - very The Farside-esque. My whole family enjoyed reading the comics though some of them are really groan-worthy. The illustrations are great and I will definitely buy more Carpenter's work in the future.
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By Psalm 122 on April 6, 2013
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I happened to run onto one of the Tundra books at a used book store and had never heard of them before that time. Since then, I have purchased two more off Amazon and this was the most recent. It is the best of the three, but all of them are good, this one was just longer, more fun. I am glad his wife didn't make him get a regular job, too. I eventually hope to get more of them.
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