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Beanworld Book 1: Wahoolazuma!: Wahoolazuma! Bk. 1 (Larry Marder's Beanworld) Hardcover – 24 Feb 2009

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  • 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)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been looking for something to read to the kids. Previously we've read "Elfquest" and "Bone" to great success.

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed928d0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec4fabc) out of 5 stars A very different sort of comic 3 May 2001
By Stefan Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Way odd . . . a comic book (this is acutally the first of several collections of the Beanworld comic) about a very peculiar imaginary universe populated by an assortment of odd creatures (including the Beans -- our protagonists -- and the Hoi-Polloi). They're all tied together in an initially baffling spiritual (for lack of a better word) and biological ecosystem.
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.
Stefan Jones
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed11138) out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 May 2009
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Beanworld is strange and different and odd and exceptional. It encompasses mythology, ecology, psychology, and social commentary, all in a cute cartoon format. It is entirely its own in a way that can never be duplicated. It is deep in ways that cannot be guessed from the simple art.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec4f4e0) out of 5 stars What a graphic novel can be 22 Aug. 2009
By Robert D. Kidd, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Beanworld" is a wonderful example of how a graphic novel can express so many different levels and themes through a unique medium. At first glance this might just seem to be a little funny book about beans but Larry Marder has created a world that tells a story that touches on many universal themes. The art is very basic but compelling nonetheless. The characters have a tremendous depth that is slowly revealed as the stories unfold and the themes are just as relevant today as when Marder first produced this work. This is an all ages book that can speak to children as well as adults and should even appeal to those who would never even read a comic book. Compared favorably to "The Watchmen" and "The Dark Knight" returns it is a graphic novel that stretches the boundaries of traditional sensibilities about comics and sequential art. No superheroes (kinda) in costumes but a very valuable work. Once you read the first volume, you will want all the rest.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f37f120) out of 5 stars Finally back in print 4 Mar. 2009
By GMZoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Beanworld is unique, and as such is hard to properly describe. It is a world with a balanced cycle of life. A tree provides raw food which a tribe of beans take to a race of gamblers who possess 'chow'. The beans need chow for nutrients but the gamblers use it as money. The beans steal chow from the gamblers, but leave the raw food in exchange - which the gamblers than process into chow. Things happen that affect this cycle and the world reacts. That's the dry description. What Beanworld actually is is the only comic that is guaranteed to leave me happy and joyous after reading it no matter how many times I've read it before.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1cabe8) out of 5 stars I love it, my 5-year-old loves it, my friend's teenaged son loves it. 24 Dec. 2010
By Carmody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of my books, and my then-four-now-five year old got her hands on it and asked me to read it to her. I said, "no" because the first chapter (and ONLY the first chapter) has a kind of dark and scary part. But she was enchanted by the pictures, and I really did want to share it with her. So I warned her that the first chapter is a little scary, and we read the whole thing. Then the second book. When the third came out, we were both very excited. (I skipped one part of the second book that was tangential to the main story, and a little scary)

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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