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Not just for comic-book lovers,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Acme Novelty Library (Hardcover)
This stunning book is one that quite literally has to be read from cover to cover. The amount of imagination and attention to detail that Chris Ware puts into this work is staggering, and you can be lost for hours in the articles, phoney adverts and delicious comic strips that fill the pages. Indeed there's so much variation in the content of this book that you never know what's coming next when you turn the page. There's a section of cut-out-and make activities but there's no way you'd ever do that; this publication is too beautiful to take a knife to. Quimby Mouse makes an appearance, and some pages appear at first glance to be front pages of newspapers. The most stunning double page however has to be the author's re-interpretation of the constellations, which does actually glow in the dark to give you a guide to night sky viewing.
This is no story book, but really is a joy to dip into or alternatively to devour in several hours of absorbed reading. It is humourous and evocative and will take a proud place on my bookshelf. Or if you're not a keen comic-book fan, I'm sure it will be equally treasured as the best book you've kept next to the toilet, ever.