From School Library Journal Grade 6 Up?The daily-newspaper comic Cul de Sac focuses on petulant, imaginative kindergartner Alice; her meticulous, neurotic older brother, Petey; and their interactions with neighborhood kids, their parents, and teachers. As Mo Willems says in the introduction to this second collection, it's easy to think that there's little new ground to cover when presenting precocious children in comics, as hyper-verbal musings on the unfairness of childhood has been well-established in both Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. Thompson is able to achieve the best of all worlds here, with visual gags, wordplay, incisive commentary, wry observation, and an acutely clever re-creation of the surreal circumstances, behaviors, and mentalities of youth. The scratchy, scribbly artwork helps reinforce the childlike environment, but young readers may not be far enough away from these events to recognize them as truly, deliriously funny.?Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more About the Author ?Richard Thompson is the creator of Cul de Sac and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic, and The New Yorker. He announced in 2009 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and has since rallied other cartoonists and illustrators to contribute to the Team Cul de Sac project to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In September 2012, Thompson retired from creating Cul de Sac.Online:www.gocomics.com/culdesac/richardspooralmanac.blogspot.com Read more
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