She's Turning Into One of Them!: A For Better or For Worse Collection Paperback – Sep 1 2006
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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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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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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.
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generation (like the mom and the school principal) would object to this and naturally, April regards them as hopeless, out-of-date losers that are best avoided at all costs. Until a YOUNG "hopeless, out-of-date loser" like Shannon with her physical and mental imperfection shyly nudges into April's life to make her a bit less...selfish, of course.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. :)
If you love For Better or For Worse and have missed this issue, you will certainly enjoy it.