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. Humor.

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

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