Thursday, January 19, 2012

REVIEW: 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, by The Oatmeal

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by the Oatmeal. Published 2011 by Andrews McMeel.

The Oatmeal is a webcomic written and drawn by Matthew Inman, and 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) is the first collection of his comics.

So, okay. First of all, this is not a cartoon collection for the meek, or for children. It's hilarious, but it's also violent, raunchy and obscene in places. In other places, it's not. Topics of the comics include random facts about cats and cheese, things that can go wrong in web design, and yes, those five good reasons to abuse a dolphin. But it's all pure whimsy- no animals were harmed in the creation of these comics. I think.

Before you decide whether or not to buy this beautifully illustrated and well-produced book, you should definitely check out the site and sample some of Inman's comics. The site is up-to-the-minute current with lots of comics not in the book, including a very funny (and very adult) animated piece about the SOPA legislation. The site also includes other Oatmeal merchandise.

I'm a fan of the Oatmeal. He's funny. And raw, and full of swears and other things children shouldn't see. So if you think you might like that kind of thing, check him out, and the book, too. The book is brilliant and funny and you'll laugh until you cry.

Rating: BUY
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FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review.

8 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm a big fan of Oatmeal too. I didn't know there was a book now!

Zibilee said...

I have never heard of Oatmeal, but it sounds like I need to check out the site. I like the vaguely risque, so I can't imagine that my sensibilities would be offended, and I actually think it sounds like a lot of fun! Great review today, Marie!

Audra said...

I've seen this book but didn't realize it was based on a website (or web personality?) -- regardless, it looks totally twisted, in the best way. My wife would probably love it!

Cozy in Texas said...

I haven't heard of this - not sure it's for me but thanks for the review.
Ann

Anna said...

Have never heard of Oatmeal, but the title of this book certainly is intriguing!

Kathleen said...

Well the title definitely got my attention and tells me that I can handle the book. I don't mind a bit of twisted humor!

Alexia561 said...

Love the title, so will check out the website! Thanks for the review!

HKatz said...

I'd never heard of him either but cracked up reading the title. I'm off to check out his work; thanks for the recommendation.