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Garfield : 30 years of laughs & lasagna : the life & times of a fat, furry legend! / by Jim Davis.

By: Davis, Jim.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008Description: 287 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 20 x 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780345503794 (hbk.); 0345503791 (hbk.).Other title: Thirty years of laughs and lasagna.Uniform titles: Garfield. Selections Subject(s): Garfield (Fictitious character) -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Juvenile fiction | Cats -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Juvenile fiction | Caricatures and cartoons -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | American wit and humour, Pictorial -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult non-fiction -- Juvenile fiction | Garfield (Fictitious character) Cats | Caricatures and cartoons -- Juvenile fiction | American wit and humour | Cats Comic books, strips, etc | American wit and humour, Pictorial -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Comics (Graphic works) | American wit and humor, Pictorial.DDC classification: 741.5973
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

When the world's most famous feline hits the three-decade milestone it's time to celebrate! 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is a tribute to this tremendous achievement. Organized by decade, each with an introduction by Jim Davis, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than four hundred strips, including thirty of Jim Davis's all-time favorites-with informative remarks from Jim on why they made the grade. Packed with early sketches, enlightening quotes, and fun facts (did you know that the Garfield comic was originally titled Jon?), this book shows how Garfield evolved from a witty kitty to a world-renowned fat cat.Of Jim Davis's "little hobby," Blondie cartoonist Dean Young writes- "Every one of these little treasures is an exquisite menagerie of comic timing, writing, and cartoon art. It's easy to see why his strip is continually voted one of the best on our planet by readers everywhere."So if you appreciate the unparalleled splendors of layered pasta, need something to ward off those nap attacks, or have a healthy appetite for humor, 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is just the ticket. Perhaps Jim Davis puts it best- "This whole line of work is to make people happy and smile." Garfield's millions of fans couldn't agree more.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Davis calls Garfield "a human in a catsuit," and the sarcastic feline's wry, egotistical observations and love of lasagna, donuts, and naps are a winning and enduring formula. Garfield's popularity has not waned over the years, and this may be because the jokes, and the drawing style, have barely changed. Readers will find plenty of slapstick humor and visual gags in this collection to entertain them. Throughout the book, Davis offers occasional insights about his career and the development of Garfield. They are written in simple language, and are seemingly aimed at the cat's young fans, who will certainly check this out.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This judicious selection from Garfield's three-decade run well demonstrates why it's the world's most popular comic strip. Based on cultural knowledge TV has made universal as well as on elements of human-animal, man-woman, and cat-dog relations that have been milked for laughs since time immemorial, Davis' gags are about as surefire as you can get. Cast down the middle, never deviating to the brainy left or the raunchy right (though note the outrageous double entendre on page 57), they reliably bowl over most, sometimes all of the readers who get in their way. Of course, comics cognoscenti seldom say anything good about Garfield, complaining that Davis doesn't use the medium creatively. Such carpers could probably do with more from Davis like the wordless Sunday strips on pages 71, 75, 133, and 165, which possess an Ernie Kovacsian charm. They should also glom the handful of details from the strips that are enlarged to fill whole pages and wind up looking like outtakes from the once-vilified, now-reverenced Nancy. Is Jim Davis the Ernie Bushmiller of tomorrow?--Olson, Ray Copyright 2008 Booklist