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Soup to Nutz A Second Helping (Soup to Nutz A Second Helping) Paperback – May 20, 2013
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Basically, do you remember all those stupid things you did as a kid? Well, me neither. Fortunately, for us Rick Stromoski does. And boy, how well he remembers. Almost ever strip gets at least a chuckle from me, and a couple made me laugh so hard my side hurt. One thing potential buyers may need to know. The family is Catholic and several of the strips have Catholic humor in them. But the good news is that they're generic enough for non-Catholics to enjoy. So spend a few dollars for some very good G-rated laughs. --JBPink
Soup to Nutz is the best comic strip I've ever read. The book is full of this wonderful comic find. I discovered it on a comics website months ago and have been reading it everyday since. The children are adorable, especially Andrew...the character designs are just so creative and refreshing. Very funny stuff, sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes worth a chuckle, the misadventures of the kids are always entertaining. A strip that is suitable for the whole family and could probably be enjoyed by the adults as well as the kids. I am amazed at how anyone could make such a great comic each and every day. If you're a comic strip fan, or someone who has just started reading comics on a regular basis- this is one of the best out there, and you'll be glad you discovered it. --Josh Bozeman
If you don't normally read the cartoon strips in the newspaper, Soup to Nutz is the very best of what you've been missing. I have yet to read a page of this book where at least one cartoon didn't leave me laughing out loud, desperatly finding others to share the hilarity with. This by far is the best cartoon strip of the new century. Not only excellent family humor, but brilliant, subtle social and political commentary. Our local paper also carries Mallard Fillmore, and after enduring it's sledgehammer approach, Soup to Nutz is a tremendous breath of fresh air that even surpasses Doonesbury. I anxiously await the second course! --T..M. Strait
Rick Stromoski has that enviable combination of irreverence, drawing flair, character insight, and timing. Plus he can REALLY sing, which is irrelevant but so cool.- Sandra Boynton, Children's Book Author and songwiter, Licensing and Greeting Card Creator --Sandra Boynton
It is hard to believe that Rick Stromoski's Soup to Nutz has been around for thirteen years, because the humor is still so fresh. I look forward to checking in on his quirky characters every day and I am continually amazed by the consistency of his clever gags. Soup to Nutz is one of the best strips of the new millennium. Brian Walker co-creator, Hi and Lois Comics Historian --Brian Walker
About the Author
Rick's work has appeared in national magazines, children's and humor books, newspapers, licensed products, national advertising and network television. Stromoski's greeting cards have become best-sellers for such companies as Recycled Paper Greetings, Paramount Cards, Renaissance Greetings, Marcel Schurman, Marian Heath and West Graphics. He has received nominations for the prestigious Louie Award for outstanding greeting card design nine times and has won on four occasions. He has been nominated for his illustration work by the National Cartoonists Society 12 times and was awarded the Reuben division award for best greeting cards in 1995 and 1998, and for magazine gag cartoons in 1999. Elected to the board of the National Cartoonists Society in 1997, he has served as First Vice President and Membership Chairman, and was elected President by the NCS membership in 2005.
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It's printed on a really high-quality, glossy stock that makes each page feel as if it will last forever -- and I'm hoping my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren will enjoy these mini-novellas about growing up as much as I do.
Random observation: For the first time in my life I'm actually happy I went to Catholic school - while I was there (5th-12th) I HATED PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. Now, looking back through Alexander's eyes, I realize there was an awful lot about it I missed, perhaps BECAUSE I hated it so much! It doesn't seem that bad from age 66 after reading this latest treasure. A recurring theme about seeing the adult world and drawing slightly askew conclusions about it echoed my past and clarified for me why I seemed to be in trouble with the nuns (and adults in general) so often!
Slipped in between the pages (at a particularly relevant point, oddly enough), was a small bookmark offering "originals" for a reasonable price I thought. It's probably more than a coincidence that that particular page was a strip that would make THE perfect gift for one of my sons! I'm going to take him up on the offer!
If you're not familiar with Rick's work, stop by Yahoo and check him out: http://news.yahoo.com/comics/soup-to-nutz-slideshow/
and, after you've had your fill of his latest strips, be sure to order "A Second Helping." You won't be disappointed.
Already a fan of his children's book illustrations ([...] particularly `Hit or Myth' and `Smelly Armor', this book tops my Christmas and birthday gift list for this year. I'm assembling that list for those I love who would really enjoy this treat. My problem is - I'm having trouble keeping that list manageable, the list keeps growing.