This isn’t a happy story...but in the hands of this gifted artist — one of the best cartoonist/writers anywhere — the story is made deeply personal, more so by Chast’s superb drawings and hand-lettered text, which give it the feeling of a journal or diary
Mankoff offers a number of tips on the “intelligent humor” that makes it into the New Yorker—and even how to better your odds in the weekly caption process—but the one that trumps all others: “Make David Remnick laugh.”
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is ambitious and impressive enough as a feat of world-building, but it's a good deal more than that.
Joe Sacco made his name with comic book-style works of journalism...rendered in intricate detail...creating this stunning work...
This short but abundantly populated novel in verse had quite an effect on me.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character...
t is the best book I have ever read. I wish I could write a story as good as The Third Wheel. I can't stop reading it. I've read it again and again and again.
No one said growing up was easy. In Kinney's hands, it's not only difficult but laugh-out-loud hysterical.
This entire project would likely have been a little better received if they'd conceived it as such, rather than a straight prequel
Though she is skilled at creating the small town world, Susan Mallery truly excels at character-driven romance, and that's what this most recent book lacked.
an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.
It’s Tye’s (Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, 2009, etc.) merry, dizzyingly detailed history of America’s first and greatest superhero.
Many of us have unfinished business with our parents, but few are as honest as Alison Bechdel. In speaking so well for herself, she becomes a voice for us all.
As always, Delisle shows an equal knack for pantomime comedy and for more involved personal observations...
. . . an entertaining role model for the intended audience. . .
The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story
Smith wisely doesn’t tamper with his winning recipe for literary comfort food in his 13th excursion to Gaborone, Botswana...
Overall, though, the story of Fanya and Esther’s struggles is beautifully drawn and hard to forget.