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Discover Your Inner Hermit Crab: The Fifteenth Shermans Lagoon Collection [Paperback]

Jim Toomey
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Aug. 3 2010 Sherman's Lagoon Collections (Book 15)
The comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon appears in more than 200 newspapers in 30 countries and in six languages. Toomey’s wonderful strip combines the upbeat tone of under-the-sea fun, with a real-life look that enlightens and entertains.

Jim Toomey's environmentally aware comic strip, Sherman's Lagoon, appears in 150 newspapers in 30 countries and in 6 languages. Inside this latest cartoon collection, Discover Your Inner Hermit Crab, more than 42 weeks of Sherman's Lagoon stand ready to transport readers to an imaginary lagoon near the South Pacific island of Kapupu in the Palauan archipelago of Micronesia, where a cast of coral-reef critters battles the encroachment of the hairless beach apes with their so-called civilized human ways.

Inhabitants of this nautical neighborhood include Sherman, an always-hungry-but-otherwise-typical great white shark; his witty, pearl-wearing wife, Megan; friendly Fillmore the turtle; geeky fish Ernest; macho hermit crab Hawthorne; and salty old Captain Quigley, who remains vengeful having lost his leg to Sherman.

Lauded for promoting marine conservation, Toomey has been described as a "breath of fresh water" by the Washington Post and designated as an Environmental Hero by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in recognition of his efforts to protect and preserve the nation's environment.


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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.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hilarious trip to the Lagoon Sept. 5 2010
Format:Paperback
In this, the 15th Sherman's Lagoon collection, Jim Toomey once again polishes up his comedic chops, gently skewering group therapy, trendiness, YouTube, Twitter, texting, the U.S. economy, film festivals, tattoos/piercings/Botox, parenting, real books vs. e-books, reality TV (Ocean's Got Talent, anyone?), lottery fever, cartooning, Hollywood schlock movies, high school reunions, the speed at which new technology becomes obsolete, census takers, and cruise vacations, while simultaneously making Americans ponder universal healthcare, and everyone ponder eco-tourism, global warming, and the far-reaching effects of littering.

Fantastic comic strip, I hope Toomey keeps going for many more years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman And The Gang Are At It AGAIN! Aug. 22 2010
By Nick B.
Format:Paperback
Yet another fantastic collection of Sherman's Lagoon strips. This one kept me laughing all the way through just like the previous ones. A must have if you are a Sherman's Lagoon fan.

Nick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's Lagoon rocks! Aug. 30 2013
By Bruce H. Garthe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What would a day be like when you couldn't have a look at these undersea loonies from the talented mind of Jim Toomey? Every page has at least 2-3 laughs and this is the only cartoon collection where I have purchased ALL 17 volumes! This series ranks up there with Garfield, Frazz, B.C. and Frank & Ernest as one of the absolute best ever!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman and all his pals are back Nov. 16 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Discover Your Inner Hermit Crab is the fifteenth Sherman's Lagoon collection, offering some 42 weeks of the comic strip in a blend of some color and mostly black and white strips from the popular underwater spoof. Sherman and all his pals are back complete with business interests, views on sea life/human relationships, a shark with a passion for karaoke, and more. No cartoon humor library should be without!
3.0 out of 5 stars A Funny But Repetitive Collection Sept. 16 2010
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sherman and the crew of Kapupu Lagoon from the comic strip "Sherman's Lagoon" return in DISCOVER YOUR INNER HERMIT CRAB, the 15th collection of "Sherman's Lagoon" comics. In this collection of strips Sherman attempts to overcome his fear of snakes, Hawthorne (the hermit crab) opens an optometrist office, the Lagoon Film Festival comes to the Lagoon, Kahuna turns Sherman and Ernest into humans so they can enter a sand-sculpting contest, Sherman finds a box of dog treats, Sherman and Megan go on vacation to Mexico, Fillmore opens a library, Sherman enters a 5K race, "Ocean's Got Talent" tapes in the lagoon, Sherman gives Megan a cursed pirate necklace, Sherman and Megan win the lottery, and Sherman and Megan have Kahuna turn them into humans so they can go on a cruise. In addition, through the use of satire, "Sherman's Lagoon" comments on important scientific theories (global warming--it's probably happening) and political events (the healthcare bill probably wasn't a good thing).

"Sherman's Lagoon" is a funny strip, but I found DISCOVER YOUR INNER HERMIT CRAB to be a little lackluster. Hawthorne is always trying out some new scam, but in this strip he opens an optometry office, a tattoo parlor, and a health insurance office. Characters in the strip go to Kahuna not once, not twice, but three times to be turned into humans. It was just a little bit too much of the same thing over and over. Of course, there are some new things that happened. The "Ocean's Got Talent" and the Lagoon Film Festival were nice storylines. But there were also some storylines that were really far-fetched, such as when Sherman and Megan win the lottery.

DISCOVER YOUR INNER HERMIT CRAB isn't the best collection of "Sherman's Lagoon" comics and it is a bit repetitive. However, "Sherman's Lagoon" is a funny comic strip and despite the short-comings of this particular collection, the overall humor still shines through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outta Control Teenagers Aug. 14 2010
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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The fifteenth collection of the cartoons of the very popular newspaper comic: "Sherman's Lagoon" is of course another great one. This world of salty wetness revolves around a shark and his sidekick hermit crab. Other characters featured within the pages of this wonderful book keep the laughs flowing like a rip current. There is a sea turtle, a bear that loves to soak up the sun on the beach, assorted little fishes come and go as needed to keep things soggy and outrageous. Sherman, the leader of this pack, has a wife that does try to keep him grounded, and he makes the mistake of not following her sound advices more often than he should. Like a deepsea Ralph Kramden, our hero has an adventure or two during his travels down this watery path.

These guys twitter, dine in fine restraunts, buy lottery tickets, play football, travel the world, (Mexico, and even Idaho!) and get into all kinds of crazy situations of the humorous type. This is a great cartoon, that has a big heart, and you may even learn a little bit about ecology during your visit here to this undersea universe. I've always believed that it would be really tough to be a fish, but I didn't know that these scaled scoundrels had some much fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars New work or from earlier collections??? Oct. 31 2010
By R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Would someone please comment on if these comics were also published in earlier collections and pulled together here under a common theme, or is this a collection of strips published (in a book) for the first time.

I like Sherman so much that I already purchased every previous collection, but don't wish to buy duplicate strips in a new order.
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