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ISBN13: 9780740789878
ISBN10: 0740789872
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Richard Thompson reminds us that being a 40-year-old isn't hard, but being a four-year-old is. His warm, welcoming reminders are wonderfully lighthearted and funny as he brings home Alice's life in a fun, new Cul de Sac collection.

Alice and her Blisshaven Preschool classmates charm fans of all ages. Their adventures ring alarmingly true to parents of little ones, too. From doing projects in a whirlwind of crayons and markers to their nonstop chatter to trying to comprehend a completely incomprehensible world, Thompson's characters make Children at Play a must-read. The little boxes crammed together, the shopping malls, and the insane traffic systems set the scene for the storylines and adventures that only suburban life can provide.

Thompson's witty dialogue meets comically unique drawings to make Cul de Sac a place worthy of visiting on a daily basis.

"I thought the best newspaper comic strips were long gone, and I've never been happier to be wrong. Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac has it all--intelligence, gentle humor, a delightful way with words, and, most surprising of all, wonderful, wonderful drawings." --Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes

About the Author

Richard Thompson's illustrations have appeared in U.S. News and World Report, the New Yorker, National Geographic, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has received numerous illustration awards, including the National Cartoonists Society's Magazine and Book Illustration Award, and he is also the creator of Richard's Poor Almanac. He resides with his family in Arlington, Virginia.

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amy alice, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by amy alice)
Alice Otterloop is the main character in these cartoons, and her whimsical manner of observing "regular" things around her allows the reader to gain new perspectives, too.

Alice and her friends at Blisshaven Preschool will help you giggle and enjoy the simple things in life ~ whether she is singing on top of the manhole cover, or deciding what to do about gum stuck to a drinking fountain, or playing with Dill and her other friends in the park, or creating art in her preschool class, with extra glitter, or playing with Mr. Dander, the guinea pig at school ~ you will be amused.

You also get to meet her brother, Petey, who creates shadow box after shadow box, and prides himself on being one of the pickiest eaters in the world ~ he is #17, and would be #16, but...he ate the rind on his bologna one day! He hates to have his food touch each other, and his way of looking at things gives the reader whole new pictures of living styles.

One reviewer felt that it wasn't funny if you didn't have kids; I don't have kids, and I laugh out loud when I get to see Alice in a Cul de Sac cartoon.

simple things ~ simple humor ~ smiles each time you get to read about Alice and her family and the gang at Blisshaven.
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amy alice, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by amy alice)
Alice Otterloop is the main character in these cartoons, and her whimsical manner of observing "regular" things around her allows the reader to gain new perspectives, too.

Alice and her friends at Blisshaven Preschool will help you giggle and enjoy the simple things in life ~ whether she is singing on top of the manhole cover, or deciding what to do about gum stuck to a drinking fountain, or playing with Dill and her other friends in the park, or creating art in her preschool class, with extra glitter, or playing with Mr. Dander, the guinea pig at school ~ you will be amused.

You also get to meet her brother, Petey, who creates shadow box after shadow box, and prides himself on being one of the pickiest eaters in the world ~ he is #17, and would be #16, but...he ate the rind on his bologna one day! He hates to have his food touch each other, and his way of looking at things gives the reader whole new pictures of living styles.

One reviewer felt that it wasn't funny if you didn't have kids; I don't have kids, and I laugh out loud when I get to see Alice in a Cul de Sac cartoon.

simple things ~ simple humor ~ smiles each time you get to read about Alice and her family and the gang at Blisshaven.
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Deadhouseplants, December 17, 2009 (view all comments by Deadhouseplants)
In regards to this book, all I can say is this; if I didn't have children, this book would be of no value to me. The content or material of each strip isn't overly funny. As a matter of fact, the majority of the strips garnered no laughs at all. Is this a bad thing? No, because Peanuts isn't funny to me either. Calvin & Hobbes was sometimes funny, but was more or less an enjoyable read. I think that's where I put this book, it's not funny, but the content is charming and uplifting. I was able to read the whole book in one sitting, and never once had the urge to put it down.

Every strip I read, I could relate to some instance in my sons' lives. From how they interact with their friends, to how they view the world in where as adults we really don't see it. One strip in particular has Alice sitting with her friends, and they're discussing the fact the people usually eat a pound of bugs in their lifetimes. To which her friends wonder how a person consumes that many bugs. They come to the conclusion that adults hide it in food that kids like, or foods with raisin in it. Again, not funny, charming in the essence in that that's how a child's mind works.

I would probably suggest this book to someone who is feeling down, or maybe an expectant first time parent. I read this book in about an hour and a half to an hour and forty-five minutes. So I'm pretty sure it's kind of short for a long travel reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780740789878
Author:
Thompson, Richard
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Foreword by:
Willems, Mo
Foreword:
Willems, Mo
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
American wit and humor, pictorial
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Subject:
Cartoons
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20091020
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 8.5 in 12.075 oz

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