- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; New edition edition (July 12 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345320131
- ISBN-13: 978-0345320131
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,496,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Garfield at Large Paperback – Jul 12 1984
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The very first of all the Garfield titles. I remember what a thrill it was to find out that I would be working for the same company that produces the books which made me laugh since I was 13. It's in this first book that we discover Garfield, the plant eating, food loving (especially lasagna!), mailman terrorizing, furniture destroying, dog hating Red Tabby and his long suffering owner, Jon. Garfield's closest companion, Pooky the teddy bear, also appears, along with Lyman, the roommate and his dumb as a dead catfish dog, Odie. So, grab your Garfield slippers, pull up a chair and dive into some Garfield history!
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In the first frame of the first comic strip, Jon Arbuckle introduces himself as a cartoonist and points us to his cat Garfield. It becomes obvious early on that Garfield is really in charge, although Jon's attempts to assert a little control over the household from time to time inevitably result in laughs for the reader. This comic appealed to kids as well as adults because so much of the comedy was visual in nature, capable of producing smiles even without the witty dialogue. Garfield has a pretty good life when we meet him; he spends his days eating and sleeping, pausing at times to sharpen his claws on various pieces of furniture. He reserves most of his energy for chasing the mailman and diving into his favorite food, lasagna. He hates Mondays, falls prey to nap attacks at any given moment, watches television, and luxuriates in his laziness. Sure, he's a little on the heavy side, but, as Jon discovers, putting him on a diet is far more trouble than it's worth. Everything is fine and dandy until a roommate named Lymon is introduced; enter Odie, a blissfully unaware puppy who serves as frequent victim and sometimes friend to the big feline. Highlights of this collection include Jon's unwise attempt to have Garfield declawed and the introduction of Garfield's teddy bear Pooky.
It's rather strange to go back and enjoy these early Garfield cartoon strips once again. Garfield has sort of a crude look to him here, and he appears much heavier than he would in later comics. Still, his indomitable spirit (not to mention cynicism) beams out from the very beginning. Rediscovering the early days of Garfield, Jon, and Odie makes for a most pleasant trip down nostalgia lane. The book didn't make me laugh out loud the way it did when I was a kid, but quality, witty comedy such as this never goes out of style or loses its power to introduce a little bit of happiness into a person's day.
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