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Beginning Pearls (Book) Review

 
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Popular comic Pearls Before Swine presented in a kid friendly way.

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This is a strip based on dark humor; overly sensitive kids may be upset by frequent talk of dying animals.


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Beginning Pearls is a kid friendly introduction to the darkly funny world of Pearls Before Swine. With a variety of simply drawn characters with complex personalities, it’s a book the whole family can enjoy reading together.

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Posted September 20, 2013 by

 
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Rat: If you could have a conversation with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

Pig: The living one. 51VvoP9EHvL

So, a little back story here. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Pearls Before Swine is a popular comic strip featuring a variety of animals, each with their own distinct quirks and personalities. Rat, the ever evil show stealer, is deliciously sarcastic and generally quite mean to his cheerful and simple minded roommate, pig. Pig is a happy-go-lucky guy (swine?) who adores a good BLT and has no problems letting the world know. Also making appearances are the long suffering and highly intelligent Goat, and the gentle Zebra (who is the unfortunate neighbor to a gang of hungry Crocs).

In Beginning Pearls, author Stephen T. Pastis has created a collection of Pearls Before Swine cartoons that appeal to a younger crowd. Intended as way to introduce the comic strop to young readers, Beginning Pearls has a simple format and appealing characters that are sure to win the hearts of comic fans young and old. Each “chapter” in the book is prefaced by a letter from one of the main characters, beginning with Rat. The character tells a bit about himself, in his own voice, which is then followed by a series of comics featuring that character. Everybody from Pig to the Crocs has a chance to introduce themselves, making it a nice introduction to the comic strip, even for older readers.

The comics themselves tend to lean towards rather dark humor, with various Pig family members ending up as delicious pork dinners and many a zebra losing its life to conniving Crocs. Most of the strips consist of just three panels, going straight for the joke in a way that kids will understand. It is important to note that these are not comics strictly created for children. Rather, it is a collection of previously published strips, selected for their family friendliness. As such, some parents may find the strips a bit darker than expected from a children’s book, while Pearls Before Swine fans looking for a new compilation may feel its lightness is contrary to what makes the comic strip so popular in the first place. Still, I think it strikes a good balance overall, and makes a nice introduction to both the characters and the comic strip.

Beginning Pearls is a kid friendly introduction to the darkly funny world of Pearls Before Swine. With a variety of simply drawn characters with complex personalities, it’s a book the whole family can enjoy reading together.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)