- Series: Pearls Before Swine (Book 18)
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original ed. edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781449423025
- ISBN-13: 978-1449423025
- ASIN: 1449423027
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A (Freaky) Pearls Before Swine Treasury Paperback – October 16, 2012
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About the Author
Stephan Pastis is an attorney turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
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This latest treasury (as of late 2012) contains the typical wacky humor of the Pearls series. Like other treasuries, it also includes author Pastis's annotations, so readers can discover what he thinks of each strip. That's a nice touch not found in most other cartoon treasuries and makes the Pearls treasuries a bit more essential for true fans.
Though the title of this one, with its grawlix (which takes the place of profanity), seems unnecessary, amping up that image of being cutting edge without being TOO cutting edge is de rigueur. This is a favorite of a 12-year-old, remember, and Pearls definitely has that "could have been in MAD Magazine" feel to it. So there you go.
If you like Pearls Before Swine and feel a need to have it ever before you, then this is a must buy.
This collection has a special significance for me. Around the time parts of the book's strips were running in papers was when my grandmother died. She had been living with my family for three years and it hit me hard. This strip helped me through the aftermath. This is more than just controversy and cheap laughs. There is something about the writing that really touches people (as seen in the second treasury Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My!: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury with the Jerusalem bus strip. If you are ever in a funk and need help then this strip can be that help.
I love my daily dose of Pearls and I love to read the compilations...especially since my local paper is too chincy to run the Sunday strip (I guess too many Lio fans?).
Long Live Rat!
Anyhow, I'm a Pastis fanatic and so is my wife. Comics are the first thing we look at in the local paper every day and I have all his books. The best part of this book (and any of his books) are the puns he writes into the strip. The man has a fantastically sick mind (and I LOVE IT!! hehe) Pig is so straight and Rat so cutting edge and on top of everything. Each character has a role, from the Crocs to the Zebra, the Guard Duck, etc.