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Catch of the Day: Sherman's Lagoon Collection #8 [Paperback]

Jim Toomey

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004 Sherman's Lagoon Collections (Book 8)
Sherman's Lagoon is popular because it's funny-not just cute or silly, but truly laugh-out-loud funny. As in many other great cartoons, the main protagonists are animals; however, the residents of Sherman's Lagoon also are genuine, well-developed characters, complete with personalities, moods, neuroses, and their own unique points of view. Whimsically rendered yet written with sophisticated, edgy humor, Sherman's Lagoon has garnered a large, loyal, and diverse fan base.

Welcome to the world of Sherman's Lagoon! Sherman is a carefree shark; he's carefree because he doesn't know any better. Fillmore the Sea Turtle, Sherman's sidekick, is a philosophical sort who does what he can to make up for Sherman's lack of sense. Ernest is a fish of indeterminate species with the technical savvy and dubious intentions of an ace computer hacker-in fact, he is one. Sherman's wife, Megan, possesses a ruthless yet nurturing nature. Hawthorne, the macho hermit crab, is not actually a hermit, but he is actually crabby. Thornton is an expatriate polar bear who drifted into the tropical lagoon on a wayward iceberg and decided to stay. Captain Quigley, the token human (or "hairless beach ape" in the local dialect), is bent on Sherman's destruction. This ambition may be traced to the fact that Quigley is a crusty old fisherman and Sherman is a fish. Or it may be traced to a long-ago incident in which Sherman ate Quigley's leg!

In addition to satirizing human behavior, Sherman and his friends occasionally have to contend with the threat of encroachment by the beach apes on their unspoiled tropical home. The strip has been lauded by activist groups for promoting the importance of marine conservation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740746707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740746703
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 21.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Toomey was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He launched Sherman's Lagoon in 1991, and was picked up by Creators Syndicate later that year. An engineer, a philosopher, a surfer, a scuba diver, and a sailor, Toomey lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

He has been twice awarded the Environmental Hero Award, given by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “for using art and humor to conserve and protect our marine heritage.”

Online: slagoon.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun With the Fishes Dec 16 2004
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
This eighth collection of Sherman's Lagoon proves that the waters of creativity have not dried up. Although the back cover may be a little disturbing to some, most of the contents are just plain fun. Some of this volume's story arcs include:

Sherman starts a band

Fear Factor Comes to the Lagoon

Hawthorne starts a fitness center

Antiques Roadshow comes to the lagoon

Fillmore succeeds at Ascension Island

The Hawaiian vacation

And lots more including appearances by many old favorite characters. If you are looking for a fun read and some chuckles, you won't go wrong with this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch of the Day: Sherman's Lagoon Collection #8 Dec 17 2004
By Jerry R. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
I personally think Jim Toomey is the consistently funniest cartoonist working today.

When I open my morning paper, I go right to Sherman's Lagoon first thing, because I know it is going to make me laugh.

This collection illustrates just how funny man-eating sharks can be, especially when supported by crabby con-artist crabs, bookish sea turtles and polar Bear party animals.

I put Sherman's Lagoon on the same plane as Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County and the Far Side: classics all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars under the sea hi-jinks Nov. 3 2004
By Mary Zurlinden - Published on Amazon.com
If you've ever wondered what the fish in the documentaries do when the cameras are off, then this is the book series for you. From the first page of the book, you are trasported to Kapupu Island Lagoon and the world of Sherman, a not so Great White shark, his femenist wife, a sea turtle who tries and fails in the mating game, a money hungry, federally watched hermit crab, and an uber-hacker fish who is a member of anarchy anonymous. Their world parallels humanity. Its a riot!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's Lagoon July 3 2014
By Bruce Maley - Published on Amazon.com
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All of Sherman's Lagoon are the best. Please hang in there like G. Trudeau!
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Sherman's Lagoon...of course it's great Aug. 7 2010
By Eric DiPier - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best comic strip out there, a worthy successor to Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes. If you've never read it, give it a try...if you already like it, you will love this book.

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