Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;Every Person On The Planetandlt;/Iandgt; tells the delightful story of Edmund and Rosemary, an average couple who lead an uneventful life, and what happens when one fateful day they decide to throw a party for the holidays. As their guest list becomes longer and longer, they become paralyzed with the fear of forgetting anyone. So naturally, there's only one thing to do--they invite every person on the planet. They never expect that the whole world will show. But what happens when the whole world does? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Every Person On The Planetandlt;/Iandgt; is hilarious, touching, thoughtful, and uniquely beautiful. We think this is an altogether perfect book and you will too.
"Edmund and Rosemary lead quiet lives in their Brooklyn apartment with their cat and their neuroses. One day, despite their preference for solitude, they inexplicably decide to throw a party. They feel obliged to invite so many people they do not particularly like that they finally decide they might as well invite everybody in the world. So they do, and most of the world's population shows up. Author and illustrator Kaplan was not only a writer for Seinfeld and Six Feet Under, but he is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker. Heavily illustrated with cartoons on almost every page, Every Person is like a children's storybook written for adults. Though Kaplan engages in surreal exaggeration for comic effect, Edmund and Rosemary's soiree is all too recognizably real. Party givers will empathize with the hosts' worries that their fete will turn into a disaster; party goers will admire Kaplan's keen observations on social behavior. Kaplan's cartoons turn adults into appealingly childlike figures, and he has a talent for visual understatement that fits the dry manner in which he describes the absurdities of this gathering of six billion in one New York apartment. Anyone who has ever given a party should be delighted by this charming, humorous book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Bruce Eric Kaplan, known for his distinctive, off-beat single-panel cartoons, has been a andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; cartoonist for more than ten years. He is also a television writer and was an executive producer for the acclaimed HBO series andlt;iandgt;Six Feet Underandlt;/iandgt;, as well as a writer on andlt;iandgt;Seinfeldandlt;/iandgt; (funnily enough, one of his most well-known episodes is one where Elaine becomes increasingly frustrated over what she takes to be an utterly nonsensical andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; cartoon).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;He has authored and illustrated seven adult titles for Simon andamp; Schuster: the cult classic andlt;iandgt;The Cat That Changed My Lifeandlt;/iandgt;; the collections andlt;iandgt;I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungryandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;No One You Knowandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;This Is a Bad Timeandlt;/iandgt;; and three titles featuring the wonderfully neurotic Brooklyn couple Edmund and Rosemary: andlt;iandgt;Every Person on the Planetandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hellandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Everything Is Going to Be Okayandlt;/iandgt;. Bruce is also the author and illustrator of three picture books: andlt;iandgt;Monsters Eat Whiny Childrenandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Cousin Irv from Marsandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Meanieheadandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.