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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740758152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740758157
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 0.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lynn Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and grew up in British Columbia. Today, she lives in Corbeil, Ontario. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1986. She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

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I have all of Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse plus it is the first strip I read each morning. I have enjoyed growing up with the family and watching them change and grow.

This installment is very well written though not as engrossing as previous books. The continuing story of Micheal's dislike of his mother in law (understandable the woman's a loon)and Elizabeth moving up North to teach contiue to intrigue. I enjoy April as I think she is different then the other 2 childern in that she's more independent and doing her own thing.

Overall, another good addition to the continuing story of the Pattersons and their friend. Can't wait to see where they go.

I would recommend if already reading the series, worth spending the money on.
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Great look at life from both a kids and parent's perspective. My 3 tweens, all boys, use these as their main bathroom readers and they're laughing all the time. Getting a little older, but still relevant today. We've finally got the whole series!
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I enjoy this era of the for better or worse family, they have enjoyable episodes. Recommend this one and any after Michael graduated High School
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My mother in law loves her new collection
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HASH(0x9feb863c) out of 5 stars Another winner by Lynne Johnston Sept. 22 2006
By Tina - Published on
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I adore this comic strip. It has been wonderful to see the whole family grow up before our eyes.

In this treasury of 136 pages, the focus is mainly on April who has become a teenager. I remember reading this strip when April was a little girl being saved by my beloved Farley! Now, she is a teenager!!! Its making me feel old.

This is a collection of the strips that have appreared in the Sunday pages and is pretty funny considering the situations the whole family is often put in. Although there is a focus on April, there are also many, many wonderful strips on the other family members.

I have to admit to feeling a little disconnected when Lynn gives us too much of the outside world, i.e. Mike's wife, Liz boyfriend's etc. This strip works best for me when the whole (or part of) the family is together.

Nonetheless a wonderful read. Pick it up.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9feb8a44) out of 5 stars One of the family Nov. 12 2006
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I have every one of the FBFW collections. I've been a part of the family since they first appeared. Probably because this is the family I'd have had if not for the divorce. My favorite part is that each member isn't really cartoonish. They have faults and frustrations, they fight, they make's believable. I'm an avid reader and part of the enjoyment is caring for the characters involved. I care for these characters. This is the only strip I need a daily fix for. I reread the series over again, just as I do Little House on the Prairie and for very much the same reason. These stories are a history of our time. Lynn has recorded the last 20+ years of family life and the world that affects it.
HASH(0x9feb8abc) out of 5 stars Into one of those spoiled, sexualized teenyboppers? You bet! Oct. 3 2006
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You heard me.

The cartoonist's fantasy baby and her buddies have indeed transformed into half-naked tramps by age 13 to start advertising their youth, desirability, and reproductive abilities to the opposite sex by rolling up their skirts or wearing the tiniest dress imaginable. Of course, the older generation (like the mom and the school principal) would object to this and naturally, April regards them as hopeless, out-of-date losers that are best avoided at all costs. Until a YOUNG "hopeless, out-of-date loser" like Shannon with her physical and mental imperfection shyly nudges into April's life to make her a bit less...selfish, of course.

Michael's pal, Weed is forced to lower his amorous expectations when a towering, exotic-looking supermodel turns him down flat and a dimpled young fertility machine named Carleen hopefully goes into heat around him. So Michael and his own beloved fertility machine, Deanna start egging him on - until Weed takes his favorite doll without asking first to woo Little Miss Available, of course.

The already accustomed fertility machine herself starts functioning with a great deal of discomfort and inconvenience to roll out another flawless newborn as our fearless young hero, Michael bravely dives into the hair-raising antics of advanced fatherhood with TWO demanding, energy-sucking little rugrats now clinging to the mommy's boobs.

Sweet, beautiful, and cone-headed, Elizabeth is very, very, very easily manipulated by the little brown brats who come sniffing around for some free morsels, make her take unwanted pets, and then wreck her house chasing after them with the water spray. NO WONDER Elizabeth packed up and left behind the rustic, adventure-filled Native American territory to go home for good. Needless to say, our gentle heroine got into a hissing catfight about lovesick ex-boyfriends at a party that would result in a serious body injury on the ice, of course.

The heroine of the "chick lit" comic strip, Elly Patterson herself continues to enjoy her zany adventures with bratty grandchildren, arrogant adolescents, dreamy graduates, aging parents, insensitive in-laws, thugs employed with her, idiotic interviewees, troublesome dogs, growing older, growing fatter, growing whatever...

Well, Lynn Johnston's amusing and exasperating little fairyland is so full of such ridiculous stuff it's just so fun to poke fun at it, period. :)
HASH(0x9feb8e4c) out of 5 stars April turns 13. Dec 9 2009
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Lynn Johnston's books are always great. She is the only cartoonist who ages the characters in her strip in real time. In this episode, which lasts about a year, the youngest Patterson turns 13 and her parents have their hands full with a new teenager. Her sister, Elizabeth begins to grow away from the family. Mike and Deanna expect their second child. Elly and John begin to adjust to middle age. Grandpa and Iris are managing well at this point.

If you love For Better or For Worse and have missed this issue, you will certainly enjoy it.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9feb8e7c) out of 5 stars rewriting parenting rules Oct. 12 2006
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aprils teenage years are forcing the patersons to rewrite the rules they have relied on for so long in regards for their parenting. The greated media threat to april's brother and sister was Mtv and keeping them from watching it was probably a simple task compared to what they are faced with April. Outside influences once thought to stop at the front door are easily accesable through the computer and satellite TV and the reality of how unsafe society has become. Face it, we all have a real fear of someone so desperate to kidnap a child they will break in to a locked home. Their fear has forced them to keep April within their sphere of influence evenif it means she has to work at the store along side her mom, something Elly never had to even think about when Micheal and Elizabeth were April's age. This book, even though its humor, is a brilliant editorial on the radical adjustments parents are making in their lives with the onslaught of the radical changes in our society.