- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; 1 edition (24 Feb. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595822402
- ISBN-13: 978-1595822406
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beanworld Book 1: Wahoolazuma!: Wahoolazuma! Bk. 1 (Larry Marder's Beanworld) Hardcover – 24 Feb 2009
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But I had trouble finding my first "Beanworld" book. Besides, I wasn't sure what they would make of it.
Well they love it (boy 12, girl 10). And I'm falling in love with Beanworld all over again. My old collections only had three issues, but this hardcover collects several. The kids would sit right by me if I read the whole thing cover to cover.
Highly recommended for Beans of all ages!
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I am NOT a comic book fan in the traditional sense. Don't care for superheroes, don't think most graphic novels (especially those based on prose books) are worth a damn. But oddities like Beanworld give me a lot of pleasure.
Minor nit: These are pricy collections. Not a lot of pages for the buck. Read them a bit at a time to stretch out the enjoyment.
Beanworld means a lot to me. We did a reading from the book at my wedding. I've started reading them to my son, now seven. He loves them. He even saw Mr. Marder at Comicon and drew a Bean invention for him, which was great fun for them both. Give it a try - it's worth it.
I tried writing an explanation of the cycle, but it's complex enough in its simplicity and has enough unique jargon to make a second-hand telling of it burdensome. If I had said that the Hoi Polloi ring the talking sprout-butt and woo it until it explodes while at the same time healing their fork and spear wounds from the chow sol'jer army, not only would it seem impossible to understand to someone who hadn't read it, it would suggest an impenetrability of a subject full of strange terms and situations. However, on the page, the art makes everything perfectly clear with a minimum of words or explanation. The first few pages move you through the daily cycle succinctly and clearly.
The art in the book is just like the art on the cover: A two-dimensionally drawn world bursting with joy. Larry Marder has managed to create such a welcoming world that a story about cleaning goo off of the bottom of the pool makes me happy. That is where the title of the book comes from: Wahoolazuma! What an expression for joy!
For those familiar with Beanworld already, this volume collects the first nine issues of the series, including the two-part Proffy back-up story. A second volume will finish collecting the original tales and shortly thereafter, new stories will be printed!
Since then, she does things like point out swirls in her cinnamon toast that look like the Hoi-Polloi, and she likes to play Heyoka with me. (Heyoka is not in the first book) The thing is, the book captured my imagination, too. And now that we've gone through it several times, I'm picking up little things I missed before. I lent it to a friend, and it did not grab him, but his tres-cool son asked me through him if I had the second book, and then the third.
Like all things of quality, it does get a bit over-hyped, and I don't want you to be disappointed. This book is not the Second Coming. But it is a very good story, where words and pictures dance beautifully together, and it is different than any other book I've read.
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