If you know me, you know I love to laugh. And read. So it is with great delight that I recommend two comic books that are on our shelf at home, as well as my virtual shelf. (I bet there are more books out by now… Note to self: check for latest titles!)
I think my Company Girls friends will love these.
Mallett, Jef. Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary. Andrews McMeel, Kansas City, 2005.
Mallett, Jef. 99% Perspiration. Andrews McMeel, Kansas City, 2006.
It all started when Brent sent me the link to a comic strip he had been reading online. The main character is Frazz, a young songwriter whose day job is elementary-school janitor. Besides talking with the kids about philosophy, literature and cafeteria food, he enjoys outdoor sports. Here’s the clincher: Frazz is a cyclist (okay, a triathlete). I ordered the first book online to give Brent for Father’s Day a few years ago. It arrived one day when Brent was at work but both our boys were home. The three of us fought over it for two hours and, by Father’s Day, had all read it cover to cover. Fortunately it didn’t get too rumpled before we wrapped it. The second book is just as great. What is so appealing about Mallett? Gene Weingarten sums it up well: “…Jef Mallett fearlessly mines truths–sometimes uncomfortable truths–with humor and wit, and occasionally with a poignancy that can summon tears…” I predict that English nerds, triathletes, teachers, kids and anyone who cares about kids will love both books!
Thanks for reading,