More Mini-reviews

Up this week, another collection of shorter books. I read The Little World of Liz Climo, a few “parenting” books from cartoonist Guy Delisle, and An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi.
Kind of an illustrated non-fiction theme going on this week.

The Little World of Liz Climo
by Liz Climo
ISBN: 9780762452385 
Comic strips, webcomic, humor
Liz Climo is a cartoonist/character artist, she’s worked on The Simpsons tv series and movie, as well as some other projects. In her spare time, she draws cute animals in amusing situations. They are 1 to 3 frame strips, and are heartfelt, warm, and funny. She’s becoming more well know, some of her stuff has been made into greeting cards, and she has her first children’s picture  book coming out soon as well.
This a really nice collection of her Tumblr blog. There are most of her best strips, as well as some new ones, created especially for this book. They are organized by theme; friends, holidays and celebrations, family, and daily life. All of the animals have different personalities, and it’s nice to see them interact. Overall, a really cute book and blog.
A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting
by Guy Delisle
ISBN: 9781770461178
Non-Fiction, graphic novel, memoir, parenting, humor
Even More Bad Parenting Advice
by Guy Delisle
ISBN: 9781770461673
Non-Fiction, graphic novel, memoir, parenting, humor
I’m reviewing these two books as one, and if I waited, I could probably add another book of Guy Delisle’s in, the forthcoming The Owner’s Manual to Terrible Parenting. All three are Guy Delisle’s short memoirs of interactions with his son and daughter. They are both filled with short, sequential strips in his understated personal style that illustrate his adventures in parenting. Some of the humor comes from his successes and failures as a parent, some from misunderstanding, some from self-deprecating, some from the vast opportunities to abuse parental power. I think my favorite strip moves from praising his daughters artwork, to asking if she wants to follow in his footsteps as a cartoonist, to critiquing her work, to a bitter rant about the state of the industry. All while she stands by.
Guy Delisle is a Canadian comic strip artist/painter, who has done a series of travelogues (Pyong’yang, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles, and Jerusalem). These books are short collections that lack the depth of his longer books, but are cute and funny and quick reads. He reminds me of the Dad from Calvin and Hobbes. Heartfelt, but not above a dad joke or parental prank or two.
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
by Ali Almossawi
ISBN: 9781615192250 
Non-fiction, humor, philosophy, logic.
Ali Almossawi is a coder, and has probably spent quite a bit of time online arguing in various forums. From that time, he noticed that many people don’t have a grasp on the basics of logical fallacies, i.e. making sense in a consistent manner.
In his quest to eliminate bad arguments, he gives a brief definition, and then follows with an example or two. The following page has an comic panel that illustrates another example of that particular fallacy. So you learn about things like straw man arguments, how an appeal to fear is slightly different from slippery slope argument and how it could also turn into a false dilemma fallacy.
I think that it’s a good starter book for the basics of logic and rhetoric. It doesn’t go too deep on any of the fallacies, as each fallacy only gets a 2 page spread. But it does have a good bibliography with some good sources to get more information about logic, philosophy and arguments.
Post hoc ergo, propter hoc.
Not a Cause for a Cause

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