Thursday, September 26, 2013

Laugh a Little

You may have fond memories of your favorite comic book from childhood, or perhaps you still read them. If so, then you know how entertaining they can be. 

Some comics are aimed at adult readers, while others appeal to children. Some are perfect for children and adults to read together.  While most are good for a chuckle, some are downright hilarious. They seem funnier the more accurately they target some aspect of life we find frustrating.  

In the Casual Day Has Gone Too Far author Scott Adams takes you into the private life of Dilbert, an engineer at a big company.  Most of the action takes place in his office where you see him interact with his fellow cubicle dwellers and navigate his company's insane bureaucracy.   
On a lighter note the Calvin and Hobbes comic books by Bill Watterson focus on those thorny situations and fears more characteristic of childhood.  But don't be fooled, many of Calvin's problems are mirrored in our adult world and we can learn a little from watching the way he manages to handle them.  The Calvin and Hobbes books are a great choice for parents and children to read together.  Calvin’s adventures with his stuffed animal Hobbes will hold a child's attention and help build a strong and nuanced vocabulary. 

Do you remember the Mad comic books or Doonesbury?  If you do you'll probably get a kick out of Mad About the Sixties by "The Usual Gang of Idiots" or Flashbacks: Twenty-five Years of Doonesbury by G. B. Trudeau.   More quirky, raw, and political than Dilbert or Calvin and Hobbes, these comics look at the underside of day-to-day life in the old days, including the angst of being a teenager in the days of Woodstock.  

The next time you need a chuckle, check out a comic book! Looking for ideas? Stop by the Warrenton library and browse our comic book display September 25 - 30.  

Jeanne @ Warrenton Reference

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