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The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoonsby New Yorker
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Know that for every exuberant 'I love you' from a three-year-old, you're bound to get a, as they say, developmentally appropriate 'I hate you' from a thirteen-year-old. The trick is to embrace the one and let go of the other. . . . Laughter helps." -Cartoonist Barbara Smaller, introduction to the Book of Moms
Perfect for Mother's Day, 100 sarcastically pitch-perfect cartoons culled from The New Yorker archives to celebrate Mom's unique motherly mom-ness.
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Since 1925, The New Yorker has cultivated the creme de la creme of cartooning elite, a vanguard of sketching artists with astute wit and clever perceptions of life and living. Inside this special collection, such New Yorker cartooning greats as Charles Barsotti, Robert Mankoff, and Barbara Smaller offer up 100 black-and-white single-panel cartoons in tribute to a diverse array of moms, ranging from football and CEO moms to tattooed and jack-in-the-box moms.
A witty introduction by New Yorker cartoonist Barbara Smaller opens this homage by calling attention to a few of her favorite cartoons within the collection, including:
* Roz Chast's "Bad Mom cards, where Lucy, Gloria, and others are guilty, guilty, guilty of such crimes as not making Play-Doh from scratch or serving orange soda."
* Sam Gross's cartoon depicting a "primordial ooze rising out of a test tube . . . inquiring hopefully of the scientist, 'Are you my mommy?'"
Book News Annotation:
She can take the field with you on the football team, she collects items for a scrapbook to document the most embarrassing moments of your life, and she deserves the best, whether she's your biological, working, single, adoptive, earth, in-law, unwed, or unfit mother. This collection of New Yorker cartoons, mostly hilarious but also occasionally poignant, focuses on the diversity of motherhood from the point of view of those who are mothers and from those who obviously are not. You may have her first nose, her best years, and her three-page internal memo on the use of the fridge, but you may also have her constant concern about whether you will ever marry and how you will spend your money. Spend it on this, give it to her, and she will find herself on at least every other page. This is loaded with guilt and laughs. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Although its reviews and events listings often focus on cultural life within New York City, The New Yorker boasts an international audience and is well-known for its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana; its attention to modern fiction and poetry by the inclusion of short stories, literary reviews, and original poems; its rigorous fact-checking and copyediting; its journalistic regard for world politics and social issues; and its famous single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each edition.
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