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This collection of the comic strip chronicles the adventures of a spiky-haired young boy who dabbles in mad science and has a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, assorted robots and creatures (such as the monster under the bed), and a single, perpetually sleep-deprived father. The black-and-white strips are mostly wordless, with some writing and sound effects to help the reader understand what’s happening. The strips (each just one or two pages long) have a somewhat macabre sense of humor but still remain suitable and nonthreatening for elementary-school readers: Lio arms ducks with miniature bombs to drop upon hunters; the boy greets aliens, who use him as an ornament for their rear-view mirror; and he follows a path on the ground and ends up in a giant game of Mouse Trap. While part of the publishers’ new line of AMP! Comics for Kids, this book can also be enjoyed by adults, especially those who grew up with Charles Addams and Edward Gorey cartoons. Grades 4-7. --Kat Kan

About the Author

 Mark Tatulli, who was first known for his Heart of the City comic strip, took on Lio as an outlet for his dark and twisted humor. In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his television work. Mark currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, son, and two daughters. His children are the true joy of his life and the inspiration for much of his comic artwork.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: Lio (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449423043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449423049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey D. Putam on December 5, 2012
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My son and I are huge Lio fans. We were really excited that there was a new collection coming out. Imagine my surprise when i found out it's not new.. completely recycled. Seriously, there ought to be a warning label saying "this is one of the prior collections with a new cover".
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Quite a few of these are chuckle worthy the first or second time. Unfortunately, all of them are old, and most of them are on the 3rd run...

If you're looking for an introduction to Lio, it is not so bad. If you've bought some of Tatulli's books before, you'll already have all of these panels.
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Mark Tatulli's "Lio" books are masterpieces of silent comic art. Most of his cartoons have no dialog, but they speak, nay scream volumes of humor and human insight. I buy any of his collections i can find, and I would urge anyone who loves comics to do the same.
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By Jay D on October 19, 2015
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As I said in another review
The comic LIO can best be described as Calvin and Hobbs meets the Far Side. The comics are for the most part hilarious, but every once and a while there is a little hidden message pertaining to things like treatment of animals or nature. I LOVE IT
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Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks is about a boy named Lio. In the beginning he starts believing in monsters. He does a lot of weird things like take the motor out of his dad’s lawn mower and his dad went to mow the lawn and he is not happy. In the middle of the book, Lio imagines that there is a monster in his socks. His parents think he is crazy!!! Does Lio's mind stop going wild? Read the book to find out!
My favorite parts are when Lio gets two toilet plungers and throws the first one on one side of the wall. He throws the other one on the other side of the wall. He ties string to the end of the toilet plungers. Then he puts a bent stick on the string and uses it as a zip line. He drops on his bed and the monsters are not happy. I also like Lio because he is creative.
I would recommend this book for 8 and over because there are no words. You need to look at the pictures and make up the words. So, everyone can make up their own story. Younger kids might need a lot of help. I hope you like the story. Have fun!
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Like all "Lio" books, this one contains many clever strips. I just wish there weren't so many repeats from earlier "Lio" books. This book does disclose that previously published material is contained within, but it doesn't say how much. Nevertheless, it's still worth having in your "Liobrary."
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What do you do when your kids is obsessed with monsters and zombies? The best answer is to introduce him to Lio. Lio is the expressive silent type. His hair along with his actions make a statement kids will recognize, especially since there are no real words for kids to read. They can use their imagination as they examine the illustrations. The character Lio is creative, in one scene he attaches plunger cups to his shoes and climbs the walls, therefore hiding from his brother. Lio builds robots and snuggles with his pet cobra Frank. His imagination teeters between genius and the macabre. One particular scene demonstrates bullies making fun of a kid who has a hunchback. Lio rescues him and utilizes him as an assistant for his snake. One can only guess where this scenario will lead. Another scenario demonstrates Lio reaching out to aliens via radio waves, and once they arrive he trades a tricycle for their ship. Strangely humorous, kids and adults will love Lio and his ingeniously unusual humor and antics.
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Lio is a Mad scientist type boy who makes friends with all sorts of animals especially spiders, snakes and aliens. If you like the Far Side you might like this especially if you don't like to read as much and like pictures that tell a story.This book makes you think because some of the pictures are a little deep so it's not a boring cartoon book that get's old quick because you might want to look again at some of the pictures or study them with a friend.
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