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Childhood Is Hell (Life in Hell #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,490 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Jampacked with 48 of the wittiest cartoons from Matt Groening's syndicated "Life in Hell" comic strip. You also get 25 chapters of the "Childhood is Hell" maxi-series and a bunch of bonuses.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HarperCollins Australia (first published 1988)
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Brenda
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So many lessons in here. Funny af.
The best one yet.
Meg Powers
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
I read this in hiding when I was in 5th grade. It doesn't seem so scandalous anymore. Just remember there is more to Matt Groening than The Simpsons- he actually used to be kind of cool! Look out for the Marlys reference: Groening and Lynda Barry are good friends.

I realized one of my favorite things are drawings with a lot of stuff going on and humorous captions pointing to little details: the Life in Hell books are full of these, and can occupy you for a while . Lynda Barry does this a lot,too
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Justin Day
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great bit of early Groening! Like many reviewers, I remember hiding this book in my backpack and reading it at school. There was just something about reading this in secret, it felt like it should be read in secret. I would say that I didn't get all the jokes when I was younger, but this is another book of comics that I have gone back to over and over again.
Rich
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Haven't read this since I was in college in the late 80's. I remember loving it then, but it has definitely lost it's luster in the last 25 years. "Love In Hell" is definitely worth revisiting, but I think the rest can be skipped..... unless you just want to see the early workings of the mind that brought us "The Simpsons."
SmarterLilac
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really love Matt Groening's books. They have twice as much insight and heart as The Simpson's ever did. The dry wit and moving humor beat the pants off of all imitators (especially the South Park crew.)
Ellen
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cynics, sarcastics
Collection of cartoons from te creator of the Simpsons. I don't care for The Simpsons but I love this book!
Berenice
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
It would be a perfect 5-star book if it wasn't so sad/true in places. (Though really, it should get 6 starts for that!)
jacky
Mar 31, 2007 rated it liked it
The public library had these four books and I read them sometime in high school. I wound up buying them from the library later when they were getting rid of them.
Alexandra
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Better known for "The Simpsons", this is from the lesser known "Life is Hell" series, which originated as a comic strip.
SC
Mar 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11767933
Liz
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amber
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Matt Groening 4 EVER.
mlady_rebecca
I owned this back in college way before "The Simpsons" were on the map.
Gina
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Groening is awesome.
Felly
so this is a nice way to kill your childhood LOL
Denisse
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, ebook
Lo primero que leo de Matt Groening. Me gustó tanto que voy a seguir leyendo a Matt Groening.
Sarah
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who were once children
Shelves: childhood, good_stuff
Classic bedtime story.
Kaethe
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, beloved
I loved those crazy rabbits, and Akbar and Jeff. I still do.
Leslie
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
XD
Jenn
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this as a kid and remember thinking, "Finally! Someone is telling the truth!"
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Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist, television producer and writer from Portland, Oregon.

Groening is best known as the creator of The Simpsons. He is also the creator of Futurama and the author of the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. Groening distributed Life in Hell in the book corner of Licorice Pizza, a record store in which he worked.

He made his first professional cartoon sale
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Other Books in the Series

Life in Hell (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“Where do babies come from? Don't bother asking adults. They lie like pigs. However, diligent independent research and hours of playground consultation have yielded fruitful, if tentative, results. There are several theories. Near as we can figure out, it has something to do with acting ridiculous in the dark. We believe it is similar to dogs when they act peculiar and ride each other. This is called "making love". Careful study of popular song lyrics, advertising catch-lines, TV sitcoms, movies, and T-Shirt inscriptions offers us significant clues as to its nature. Apparently it makes grown-ups insipid and insane. Some graffiti was once observed that said "sex is good". All available evidence, however, points to the contrary.” 76 likes
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