Review: 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth by The Oatmeal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Oatmeal’s comics are always very funny, with a nice off-beat and somewhat surreal sense of humour, which means he can find the strangest of things to say about everyday (or not so everyday – what would you do if attacked by wild baboons when the only weapon to hand was a giant dildo?) events. And the fact that he can’t really draw that well, he cleverly makes part of the joke, with his strange blocky people with spherical heads adding that final touch of lunacy to the strip. I like also that he manages to get a didactic point into quite a few strips (even if I don’t always agree with him), so they’re not just random craziness, but do have some kind of point.

The only negatives, I think, are two points: one minor, the other not so minor. The minor one is that it would be nice if he didn’t assume that all of his audience were from the US. The major one is that this is not a book to absorb: a little of The Oatmeal goes a long way, so you might take it in 10 pages at a time over several days.

But still, for dipping in, it’s very funny, and well worth the effort.

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