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The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection, Children at Play.A lighthearted look at the suburban life of precocious preschooler Alice Otterloop, Cul de Sac is noted not only for its humor and intelligence The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection, Children at Play.A lighthearted look at the suburban life of precocious preschooler Alice Otterloop, Cul de Sac is noted not only for its humor and intelligence, but also for Thompson's fun, imaginative watercolor artwork. Thompson's work has attracted the praise of highly acclaimed illustrators all over the world, including Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Mo Willems (Sheep in the Big City, Knuffle Bunny).The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury will be a valued addition to the libraries of Cul de Sac fans and a fantastic introduction for readers new to this warm, wonderful comic strip.


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The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection, Children at Play.A lighthearted look at the suburban life of precocious preschooler Alice Otterloop, Cul de Sac is noted not only for its humor and intelligence The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection, Children at Play.A lighthearted look at the suburban life of precocious preschooler Alice Otterloop, Cul de Sac is noted not only for its humor and intelligence, but also for Thompson's fun, imaginative watercolor artwork. Thompson's work has attracted the praise of highly acclaimed illustrators all over the world, including Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Mo Willems (Sheep in the Big City, Knuffle Bunny).The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury will be a valued addition to the libraries of Cul de Sac fans and a fantastic introduction for readers new to this warm, wonderful comic strip.

30 review for Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kean Soo

    It goes without saying that Cul de Sac is the best comic strip being made today. Now that that's out of the way, I wanted to talk about something else included in this collection: The commentary. It's amazing. I love how it just occasionally veers off into these bizarre tangents. Most notably, his story about Uh-Oh Baby caught me completely off guard and made me laugh out loud. It goes without saying that Cul de Sac is the best comic strip being made today. Now that that's out of the way, I wanted to talk about something else included in this collection: The commentary. It's amazing. I love how it just occasionally veers off into these bizarre tangents. Most notably, his story about Uh-Oh Baby caught me completely off guard and made me laugh out loud.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    some of the strips in this book are brilliant. most of them are delightful. if you like Calvin and Hobbes, you should read this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LLA

    Somehow, Cul de Sac was not on my radar when it was in syndication. Not sure what I was doing in 2004 - 2011, but apparently was not reading this strip... Which was a great wrong that needed to be made right. Cul de Sac is brilliant. I know that LOL is horrifically overused - but I found myself laughing out loud, uncontrollably, on multiple occasions. (and one strip? I ended up with tears in my eyes, gasping for breath; I was laughing so hard*) I hang out with Preschoolers on the daily. It is uncan Somehow, Cul de Sac was not on my radar when it was in syndication. Not sure what I was doing in 2004 - 2011, but apparently was not reading this strip... Which was a great wrong that needed to be made right. Cul de Sac is brilliant. I know that LOL is horrifically overused - but I found myself laughing out loud, uncontrollably, on multiple occasions. (and one strip? I ended up with tears in my eyes, gasping for breath; I was laughing so hard*) I hang out with Preschoolers on the daily. It is uncanny just how dead-on balls accurate Richard Thompson was in capturing the mindset and the antics of Alice Otterloop and her friends at the Blisshaven Academy. Don't think that because one of the main locales is a preschool that this is going to be a sweet, saccharine comic strip. This is no 'Family Circus' or "Hi and Lois' - these kids are a trip. Big ambitions, lots of daring, lot and lots of personality quirks, and numerous thought provoking scenarios. Loved. This. ----- *this one, about Timmy Fretwork, trying to provide Musical Enrichment to the 4 year olds at Blisshaven... http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3_P7eJQLZ54... There was also one about baby carrots in a pencil sharpener, which is way funnier than I just made it sound...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky Ankeny

    I miss the funnies, so recovering some of the experience through reading this compilation from Richard Thompson was satisfying. I wonder if his fierce, funny, opinionated heroine owes anything to Lewis Carroll's Alice. Both are in worlds that mystify them, both maintain their own selfhoods, and both find adults preposterous. Also, since I am now a grandma, I can see the deviled-egg-throwing old lady with the menacing big dog as a role model. "Help me pile the magazines back on this table," she s I miss the funnies, so recovering some of the experience through reading this compilation from Richard Thompson was satisfying. I wonder if his fierce, funny, opinionated heroine owes anything to Lewis Carroll's Alice. Both are in worlds that mystify them, both maintain their own selfhoods, and both find adults preposterous. Also, since I am now a grandma, I can see the deviled-egg-throwing old lady with the menacing big dog as a role model. "Help me pile the magazines back on this table," she says after Thanksgiving, and I relate to that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pumpguy

    Genius This guy is the new Waterston. Great characters, every one unique and charming in their own way, and the jokes are fresh and not just rehashes of the same old lasagna/teenage-angst/Viking-warrior/isn’t-the-big-dog-funny stuff.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tavia

    I usually skip treasuries for comic strips whose individual books I collect, but this was a great exception, thanks mostly to the hysterical commentary provided.

  7. 4 out of 5

    P.

    Once the writing got into its groove, I was totally enchanted. The Uh-Oh Baby killed me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Johnson

    I had never heard of this comic until a friend recommended it. Excellent 4-year-old logic throughout. I'm surprised this didn't get broader distribution (or maybe I just missed it). I had never heard of this comic until a friend recommended it. Excellent 4-year-old logic throughout. I'm surprised this didn't get broader distribution (or maybe I just missed it).

  9. 4 out of 5

    C

    I enjoyed the commentary alongside the entertaining panels. This collection was indeed a golden treasury.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Cul de Sac is the reason I came back to comic strips. It will always be my favorite. Thank you Mr. Thompson.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madhavi

    I have always loved calvin n hobbes, so this strip was different from CnH. My initial impressions of Cul-De-Sac was intense aversion. Having said that I loved the humour in the pieces..! I used to read it on and off... Whenever the subscribed newspaper published it. It was never contionuous.. Always on and off. This book has a lot of Richards commentary.. It gives us an insight in to the mind of the comic book artist.. His thought process coupled with the a lesson or two in making of a comics pan I have always loved calvin n hobbes, so this strip was different from CnH. My initial impressions of Cul-De-Sac was intense aversion. Having said that I loved the humour in the pieces..! I used to read it on and off... Whenever the subscribed newspaper published it. It was never contionuous.. Always on and off. This book has a lot of Richards commentary.. It gives us an insight in to the mind of the comic book artist.. His thought process coupled with the a lesson or two in making of a comics panel. An amazing book..! Go for it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris Maloof

    I know of no better current newspaper comic strip than Cul de Sac. Granted, that's kind of a weak field, but it's still really good. You can't write a comic strip about four-to-eight-year-olds without inviting Calvin & Hobbes comparisons, but if C&H captured the imagination and exploration of childhood along with its frustrations, Cul de Sac captures its deep weirdness and confusions, as Alice draws on rocks, Dill makes wishes, and Petey is unsure whether his friend is imaginary. Also the author I know of no better current newspaper comic strip than Cul de Sac. Granted, that's kind of a weak field, but it's still really good. You can't write a comic strip about four-to-eight-year-olds without inviting Calvin & Hobbes comparisons, but if C&H captured the imagination and exploration of childhood along with its frustrations, Cul de Sac captures its deep weirdness and confusions, as Alice draws on rocks, Dill makes wishes, and Petey is unsure whether his friend is imaginary. Also the author commentary is pretty hilarious.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dani Shuping

    Great comic strip that tells it like it is, ...Actually I think I said a lot with the title of the review, but...Cul de Sac follows Alice, her brother Petey, and their family and friends. And instead of depicting the kids as absolutely perfect or being one dimensional, Cul de Sac walks that fine line at depicting kids as they really are, with all of their idiosyncrasies and bad days and aiming to be the worlds pickiest eater. No mater who you are you'll find yourself in the strip, which is the be Great comic strip that tells it like it is, ...Actually I think I said a lot with the title of the review, but...Cul de Sac follows Alice, her brother Petey, and their family and friends. And instead of depicting the kids as absolutely perfect or being one dimensional, Cul de Sac walks that fine line at depicting kids as they really are, with all of their idiosyncrasies and bad days and aiming to be the worlds pickiest eater. No mater who you are you'll find yourself in the strip, which is the best compliment I can offer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C Pure

    I love this strip! This is my first introduction to Richard Thompson's work and I'm surprised I never picked this up sooner! I use to read a lot of comic strips as a kid and Thompson's work just made me feel so nostalgic. He has such an affinity for how a child's mind works. We've all been an Alice, or a Petey or one of the many other characters which makes Thompson's work so relatable and timeless! I love this strip! This is my first introduction to Richard Thompson's work and I'm surprised I never picked this up sooner! I use to read a lot of comic strips as a kid and Thompson's work just made me feel so nostalgic. He has such an affinity for how a child's mind works. We've all been an Alice, or a Petey or one of the many other characters which makes Thompson's work so relatable and timeless!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    One of my new favorite comic strips, right up there with Peanuts, Fox Trot, and Mutts. The book itself includes humorous commentary by the cartoonist Richard Thompson. About 1/3 of the strips get his attention. Unfortunately, my copy had quite a few blurry pages that were not printed correctly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Graham

    Really love this strip :) Alice is just amazing and poor neurotic Petey is so hilarious

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    A wonderful collection with some very funny commentary from Richard Thompson.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maple Tea

    I love Alice & Petey (and Dill).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jake Basner

    The best comic strip since Calvin and Hobbes. Check it out, the guy is a genius. His comic strip is much missed, but I wish him all the best in his fight.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Eddy

    Richard Thompson is genius. Best strip since Calvin & Hobbes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

    What makes this book fantastic is the short blurbs under some of the comic strips with stories and explanations behind them. I love how this man thinks. And I think I'm living this life... What makes this book fantastic is the short blurbs under some of the comic strips with stories and explanations behind them. I love how this man thinks. And I think I'm living this life...

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Brassil

    Hard to find for awhile!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Richard Thompson's CUL DE SAC is a wonderful comic strip, reminiscent of CALVIN & HOBBES. This collection is a great book for those new to the strip and is highly recommended. Richard Thompson's CUL DE SAC is a wonderful comic strip, reminiscent of CALVIN & HOBBES. This collection is a great book for those new to the strip and is highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ratforcekids

    There's not much out there as good as Calvin & Hobbes, but the comic strip Cul De Sac Golden Treasury is a nice, thick book that should get you more than aquainted with this wonderful series. There's not much out there as good as Calvin & Hobbes, but the comic strip Cul De Sac Golden Treasury is a nice, thick book that should get you more than aquainted with this wonderful series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Very Funny! I

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Great comic, nice collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Fantastic. Cul de Sac is well on its way to becoming one of the Great Strips.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    Confronts you with your own childhood and the subtlety that children have. The author also gives a nice peak inside the process of creating these comics.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Harrison

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