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Lio : There's a Monster in My Socks
by Mark Tatulli


Overview - For the first time, the creepy, crawly, awesome world of Lio in a kid-targeted book.

The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary--monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science--but it's all commonplace for this most uncommon young man.  Read more...


 
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Overview
For the first time, the creepy, crawly, awesome world of Lio in a kid-targeted book.

The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary--monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science--but it's all commonplace for this most uncommon young man. Mark Tatulli renders this pantomime strip in pen-and-ink style, giving the artwork a dark, spidery feel to match the strip's dark humor. Lio explores the twisted realm of a kid's imagination--at once bizarre, creepy, and fun. Now, in this collection edited specially for kids, Lio is available to his most dedicated fans.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781449423049
  • ISBN-10: 1449423043
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.67 pounds

Series: Lio Collection

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Humor - Comic Strips & Cartoons

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lio is a remarkable boy who hangs out with aliens, makes his own robots, and loves the morbid and warped side of life. This book is not a single story, but a collection of short comic strips, and while it’s technically aimed for middle-grade readers, some of its dark sense of humor and twisted jokes might go over better with adults than kids. Literal-minded readers might not get all the supernatural angles and ironic, unrealistic stories, but kids can appreciate the school-age humor and that Lio is so much smarter than the grownups around him—even if the grownups don’t realize it. Very few words are spoken, or needed, in the more than 200 pages, with nearly everything is conveyed excellently through art. Tatulli has a knack for the unexpected, the surreal, and the weird, and he plays these for all they’re worth: Lio sells shrunken heads instead of lemonade, he travels through time, he meets monsters; put together it makes for a very engaging character. There are some similarities between this strip and Calvin and Hobbes, but Tatulli’s stories are much more outrageous. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)

 
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