Friday, July 31, 2015

Short Book Review: BREAKING STEPHAN by Stephan Pastis

BREAKING STEPHAN is a “Pearls Before Swine” collection that features strips that originally ran in newspapers from September 4, 2012 – June 2, 2013. The “Pearls” book covers are usually really entertaining and the cover for BREAKING STEPHAN continues that. It features a parody of the cable tv series, BREAKING BAD. Typical of “Pearls” humor, the book is filled with witty one-liners, bad puns, and extensive verbal gags. There are also several longer storylines. A few of the storylines featured in this collection include  Guard Duck working at a radio station, Rat running for public office, and Larry the Croc job hunting. Some of my favorite storylines in this collection are the one where Andy the (Chained-up) Dog, breaks free and rushes to the hospital to see his dying dad, the one where the killer dolphins move into the neighborhood, and the one where Zebra decides to take a tropical vacation and it goes all wrong. There’s also lots of strips feature lemmings (I love those guys), an armadillo, and the return of a character that died years ago. Overall, BREAKING STEPHAN is another fine collection of “Pearls Before Swine” comic strips.

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