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Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  21 reviews
For the first time, the creepy, crawly, awesome world of Lio in a kid-targeted book.

The world of Lio is filled with the extraordinary—monsters under the bed, wild reptile pets, robot inventions, weird science—but it’s all commonplace for this most uncommon young man. Mark Tatulli renders this pantomime strip in pen-and-ink style, giving the artwork a dark, spidery feel to
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published October 1st 2012)
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Theresa
Well, even though I'm fan of the Lio comic strip, I've had this book on my shelf for two years. It's an uncorrected galley I got at the American Librarian Association conference (my sister-in-law is a librarian). This book is marketed towards kids ages 8-12. Lio is a quirky little boy interested in ghoulish, darker things than most kids his age are. I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading this. Only complaint- I wish this was a sequential collections of the strips from the beginning o ...more
Barbara
Strangely twisted and filled with unexpected moments, this graphic novel explores the day to day existence of Lio, a reader of comics, a collector of odd creatures, and budding scientist. Although I didn't always understand the humor in each strip, many of them made me howl or wince in fear for Lio's father who is saved by the alarm clock's ring from Lio's exploratory surgery. Or the strip that shows the delight with which Lio brings home a wriggling puppy, a birthday present for his pet snake F ...more
Kristi Bernard
What do you do when your kids is obsessed with monsters and zombies? The best answer is to introduce him to Lio. Lio is the expressive silent type. His hair along with his actions make a statement kids will recognize, especially since there are no real words for kids to read. They can use their imagination as they examine the illustrations. The character Lio is creative, in one scene he attaches plunger cups to his shoes and climbs the walls, therefore hiding from his brother. Lio builds robots ...more
Dominic Tiberio
I think this is one of the most unknown and underrated comic strips of recent time. It is often as intelligent as Calvin and Hobbes yet with no words ever spoken and it has a delightfully darker spin. Science, zombies, robots, cephalopods, and other unusual and geeky subjects are the usual topics and speak directly to my own soul. There are some real gems in this collection and it is definitely worth checking out.
Sarah
A hilarious romp. Often wordless comics that had me cracking up hysterically. Definitely a great book. Appeal level? 3rd through adult!!
Catherine
I love Lio. Such a strange kid, but interesting how Tatulli incorporates the monsters into every day life.
Samantha
Lio is attracted to the strange whether it be pets or technology and he is always up to no good. Wordless comics bring readers into his world and showcase his many pranks with humor.

Recommended for grades 3-5.
Christiane
Really liked this! Think Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) but with monsters. I love how the comics are almost wordless so the whole story and (black) humor is there in the pictures. Calvin would have appreciated Lio's ingenious invention for getting past the monsters under his bed.
Jennifer
He is rotten adn hilarious. Love him, and his dark, gothic kid self. Wordless, each page tess a story, would be great for a writing prompt class for kids.
Matthew Galloway
You've got to love Lio and his crazy critters and monsters and aliens... The humor is a bit twisted, but always in good fun.
Maria
Slightly dark humor, with tons of literary and pop culture allusions. Loved it! (and my 5th grade son MADE me read it)
Eustacia Tan
Lio is a darkly humorous little boy - I really enjoyed reading this collection!
Polly
This is a little too odd, even for me, but it is cute!
Ashley Wesner
Absolutely love this! Lio's my favorite comic!!!
Jason
Cleverly twisted. I'd read more.
Morth
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Rachel :)
was weired in the beginning
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Mark Tatulli is a comic artist and film maker, mostly known for his dark comedic newspaper strip Liō. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards. He works for Banyan Productions. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.
More about Mark Tatulli...
Liō: Happiness is a Squishy Cephalopod Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic Silent But Deadly: Another Liō Collection There's Corpses Everywhere: Yet Another Liō Collection Liō's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors

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