Before I could review this book I had to pry it out of the hands of a wonderful nine year old. Considering the book was competing with an x-box and the online Lego universe game he’s obsessed with I consider that high praise indeed. Even higher praise is that I was waiting impatiently in line to read it myself. I am a huge Pearls before Swine fan and this collection did not disappoint. If you are unfamiliar with Pearls Before Swine it is definitely in the same family as The Far Side or a more grown up Calvin and Hobbs. It follows the characters of a cynical and hedonistic rat, a slow witted pig, the educated goat, the ignorant, inept crocodiles and the sensitive liberal zebra who evades their plots. But saying all of this does not feel like it does any of the humor justice. Suffice to say that any comic that can combine elaborate puns, drinking jokes and a plot line that involves replacing the punchlines of Family Circus with the complete speeches of Benito Mussolini is okay in my book.
Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
Writer: Stephan Pastis
Artist: Stephan Pastis
Publisher: Andrew McMeel
Release Date: October 4th, 2011