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Cul de Sac: The Mighty Alice (Cul de Sac #4)

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Cul de Sac is a lighthearted comic strip about the suburban life of a precocious preschooler named Alice Otterloop. Richard Thompson's wonderful watercolor and fun, imaginative drawings have garnered the attention of highly acclaimed illustrators all over the world, including Bill Watterson and Mo Willems, who have each written a foreword for his first two collections.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published April 10th 2012)
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Melki
I'm just going to come out and admit it. I had a fantastic childhood!

(Before you all start hating me, let me also tell you that after puberty struck, things went downhill fast and have pretty much sucked since then.)

But oh, oh, oh ----- how I loved being a kid!

Those were the days before over-scheduling so every minute of every summer day belonged to me.
Time was mine to use, abuse, and waste as I saw fit. I could spend hours drawing my own paper dolls or digging a giant hole to China. It didn't m
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Kristi Bernard
Andrews McMeel Publishing presents Mighty Alice Goes Round and Round. A spunky little girl kids will love!

For a four-year-old, Alice Otterloop, has an imagination as big as she is and a huge vocabulary as well. Alice describes her suburban community in Culde Sac to be a place where mysteries found there would chill the blood.

Who knew that a group of preschoolers could have so much humor and sarcasm? Alice and her classmates spend their time at the Blisshaven Academy questioning everything and se
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Barbara
When the cartoon strip Cul de Sac appeared in the Detroit Free Press, I became addicted to spending time with Alice and her brother, Petey. As a preschool teacher for years and a lover of children who look at the world from their own "out of the box" perspective, they were right down my alley. The strip was introduced with comments from Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, saying that it was the most creative cartoon he had seen for a very long time. Then, the Free Press stopped carryin ...more
Stewart Tame
Alice Otterloop is four. She and her family are the stars of Cul de Sac, a quirky, funny, highly original comic strip by Richard Thompson. Thompson is the absolute master of kid logic. The view of reality in this strip is just slightly askew of the average cartoonist. I mean, what kind of name is "Otterloop" anyway? Cul de Sac is one of those gems of a strip that is brilliant, but surprisingly little known. It's difficult to single out lines that are individually funny. But the characters and Th ...more
Maureen
Alice is a quirky self-centered little girl with a vivid imagination. This fun comic book reminded me a lot of Calvin and Hobbes except that the main character is a girl rather than a boy. Many of her interactions with her parents are very reminiscent of the sarcasm and humor used by Calvin's parents. Some differences include that Alice does not have an imaginary stuffed animal friend and she does have an introverted, comic book loving big brother. Each panel allows the reader a glimpse into the ...more
Victoria
“Mighty Alice” centers around a girl, Alice, as she navigates through aspects of her four-year old life. The book covers everything from Halloween, to haircuts and her preschool class. This was the first book I read by Richard Thompson and I loved it! Alice and her friends were hilarious! The story made me think of my own family, like the way Alice and her brother Petey spoke. Their conversations made me laugh because I could picture my nephews saying the same type of unusual statements. They sa ...more
Thierry Sagnier
Cul de Sac is genius, adorable, brilliant, the best strip no longer published, and a must for fans of the genre. Richard Thompson is a beloved cartoonist struck by a disease that has prevented him from working. I miss him sorely and have everything he's ever done.
Andy Shuping
Cul-De-Sac is one of those all too rare comics that has something for everyone to enjoy. From Petey’s quest to be the world’s number one picky eater and his exploding backpack to Alice’s quest to take over the world and to make it snow by flushing ice cubes down the toilet, you can’t help but laugh at every strip in this comic. Thompson captures the world so effortlessly with his drawings and writings that you feel like you need to buy a copy for all of your friends. It’s easy to see why Bill Wa ...more
Andy Shuping
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Great comic strip that tells it like it is...actually I think that says it best right there, but...Cul de Sac follows Alice, her brother Petey, and their family and friends. And instead of depicting the kids as absolutely perfect or being one dimensional, Cul de Sac walks that fine line at depicting kids as they really are, with all of their idiosyncrasies and bad days and aiming to be the worlds pickiest eater. This book curates some of the best strips for young readers
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Cynthia
Even more than Alice, I think I enjoyed the food-persnicketiness of Petey, her nerdish big brother. Lots of fun and silliness from this pair of siblings and their pals.
Carol
This collection of comics strips featuring pre-schooler Alice, along with her friends and family, is fun but not quite what I expected. I certainly was entertained by the sarcastic wit of the four-year-old and appropriately laughed at the ridiculousness of those around her. I do wonder at the target age though? The character is quite young but young readers might not get the sarcasm level that is quite high in this book. Don't get me wrong, a lot of kids will, but as a librarian I see a lot of k ...more
Cathy
I really liked the "Cul de Sac" comic strip, but our newspaper discontinued printing it a while back. I was happy to read that Thompson was bringing our a new book. The only problem was that only half the book was new stuff for me. Preschooler Alice is a hoot.
Erik Dryden
I've been waiting over 15 years for a worthy successor to Calvin and Hobbes, and I have finally found it in Cul de Sac. The Otterloop family (Alice, Petey, and their parents) are perfectly constructed, as are the supporting cast. My personal favorites are Alice's friend Dill and the "Uh-Oh baby," a well-known portent of doom. Its genius is impossible to describe in words, so just read this strip!
Mary
Because comics. And Alice is smart and silly and I like her.
Dolores
Alice Otterloop is 4 years old and attends preschool with her friends. But do not assume this book is aimed at young children. From the first page it is clear that Alice is not exactly a typical toddler. Absolutely hilarious. From dad's Honda-Tonka hybrid, (with a little Cuisinart) to the sedentary Petey, to poor beleaguered Miss Bliss. (glitterlung!) What a hoot!
Robin Cocheu
Wonderfully humorous and engaging graphic novel for pleasure reading. A lot of kids should be able to relate to this character and her daily life.
Calvin Bergen
Interesting and funny characters, genius writing, and great art style. I had read this comic in the papers, and thought it would be nice to get a book of it and I loved it. If you're a fan of "Calvin and Hobbes" then you'll probably get a kick out of this.
Chris Sparks
I would give the storytelling a 5 star. My only hang up is that the book is all colored and the daily strips are sharper in the original black and white versions. Next up is the Complete Cul de Sac coming in Spring of 2014!
Peacegal
Alice is a 4-year-old with a better vocabulary than most 40-year-olds. True, this is harmless Sunday-newspaper humor, but like "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side," its intelligence level is a cut above most of its peers.
Norman Felchle
Ok, everyone says this strip is like sliced bread, sunshine and Christmas all rolled into one.
I was going to resist the herd mentality ....but, after reading two collections, I have to admit, it is really good.
Libbie Buchele
This annoyed me because it is just exerpts from the other cul de sac books. I thought it was a new book!
Amy
Nothing will ever match Calvin and Hobbs. That's just a fact. Alice, however, is really great. Funny, smart, quirky, vivid... Just great fun all around.
Kellie
Cul de Sac is one of my favorite comic strips and this book is a nice collections of some of the funniest ones - I need to find more :)
Alan
When I first saw Cul de Sac I instantly knew it would be a classic. Beautiful art and writing.
Melissa
Not crazy about the drawing, but the characters and stories are funny. Alice reminds me of Calvin.
wjkb
A really good Cul De Sac book!!!
Jason
Hilarious and heartfelt.

Every single page is in full color, as it should be.
John Brassil
Alice reminds me of a certain someone, and she knows who she is.
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Cul de Sac (4 books)
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