Saturday, December 3, 2011

This Book Room: Garfield Edition

As a child, Jason was big into comics. The comics are the first part of the Sunday paper to be read by Jason, and he seriously relishes over them. Sure, a comic can make me smile, at times, but I'm not so big into them.

Until I remembered Garfield.

As a child, my family had a couple of Garfield books that I enjoyed immensely. I never sought out Garfield in the newspaper, though, and just kind of let my enjoyment for that comic go by the wayside. But on a whim, I requested the first Garfield book from the library. And that first book has changed everything.

There's more laughter in my house. There's more sharing. And most importantly, there's more love (and yes, I know this is corny).

We had all of these things before (laughter, love, etc.), but reading common books together and hilarious ones, at that, brings a new spark to our relationship. The joy of sharing a series or book as a couple is so enjoyable. I wish there were more books we could share together that we both enjoy (feel free to share any you've enjoyed with your partner!). Whenever we find one, you can bet we spend many hours just talking about it and sharing our thoughts. Other books we've enjoyed as a couple include the Harry Potter series, Fallen by Lauren Kate and the Twilight series.

One fun aspect of reading the Garfield books is watching how much Garfield evolves, both physically and emotionally. His tummy got smaller, his feet got bigger, and his eyes can get quite large near the current books. Please enjoy the pics (where you can see Garfield's changes physically) and quick summaries of the first 50 books below.

Like every great lasagna, Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant on a winter's night in 1978, while outside snow fell like gratd Parmesan cheese. He weighed five pounds, six ounces at birth—that's big for a kitten!—and right from the start showed a passion for Italian food. the restaurant owner, forced to choose between Garfield and closing his doors for lack of pasta, sold Garfield to a pet store. Garfield thought he was a goner until Jon Arbuckle walked in the door. The rest is history.

He sleeps late and wakes up grouchy. He hates joggers, beats up dogs, and shreds his owner. He's cynical, witty, urbane, and sometimes downright mean. But best of all, he's back, better than ever, to delight cat-lovers and cat-haters alike.

Garfield, bon vivant of cats, lazy, sassy, grouchy, and downright delightful, is back with an all-star cast: JON his owner, LIZ the veterinarian, IRMA the waitress, LYMAN, Jon's friend; ODIE just a dog, NERMAL, a cute kitten, and POOKY, Garfield's very own teddy bear. Together again, they're in Garfield's world now, and what he says goes — for everyone.

America's sassiest, grouchiest, funniest, and chubbiest cat is up to his old tricks --- and up to some new tricks too! Garfield celebrates living by fighting fleas, falling in love, and composing a history of dogs. This fourth Garfield extravaganza also features A Morning with Garfield and Garfield's only biography of his creator, Jim Davis.

Garfield is a fast-talking, late-sleeping, cynical, lovable cat. He hassles Odie, Jon, and Nermal and enchants kids of all ages. Riding the crest of four big best-sellers, he's back--better, fatter, and funnier than ever before!

Lock up the lasagna! Chain the chicken! And, hold on to your funny bone . . . America's favorite cat is hungrier, funnier, lazier, grouchier, and more lovable than ever before in his sixth sensational bestseller!

He's the #1 champ at sleeping, eating, and watching TV - and when the world's favorite cat sits around the house, he really sits around the house! And of course, he’s as sassy and lovable as ever when he chases Odie, plays with Nermal and Pooky, and makes life both wicked and wonderful for his owner, Jon.

Garfield may have gone through a few changes, but one thing has stayed the same; his enormous appetite for food and fun. So laugh along with the classic cat, because classics are always in style.

Can a cat with no feet...
bounce into bed?
trot to the TV set?
race for the refrigerator?
You can be sure that your favorite furry feline will find a way!

This is his tenth book--and Garfield and the gang want to celebrate. Millions of fans just can't get enough of Garfield and company, so join them for an old-fashioned hoe-down and then sit down so you can read all about the fun!


You just can't keep a good cat down. And with Garfield you'd need muscles to do it, anyway. This is the frisky feline's tenth collection and is full of the antics and acrobatics you know and love him for. As a bonus it also features an inteview with Jim Davis about how he became a cartoonist!

When food is your life, it's hard to think of anything else. Still, Garfield manages. Whether it's time to clean out Jon's drawers his way, finding a hiding place that's too good, or discovering he can sleep in any position, half the fun of Garfield is watching his between-meal antics. In his twelfth book, he's up to his usual tricks, and that's all his fans need to hear.

It's not that he doesn't have plenty to think about. Garfield could ponder the fact that he's the most popular cat in feline history. He could even examine his soul to discover why he's so funny, so mean to Odie, so nice to Nermal, and so exasperating and lovable to Jon. But he'd probably just prefer to think about food....

Here's Garfield at his most appealing. Debonair, wise beyond his years—and funny! When you crave sarcasm, rapier wit, pithy comments, and lots of belly laughs, Garfield's the one who has it all! So take a look inside at the latest collection of vignettes from the life of the most lovable cat around.
How does America's foremost feline do it? There's so much lasagna to be eaten, so many dogs to kick around, that he doesn't have time to worry about current events. He is the maestro of mirth and the purveyor of puns to his millions of fans. With Garfield in your life, is there room for anything more...?

On a diet or swallowing a lasagna whole, he's still the same lovable Garfield. Getting in over his scruffy neck and sassing his way back out again, this is one scrappy cat who knows how to have fun.

Who's back in the limelight again? It's Garfield! Leading the world in most naps snoozed per year, perfecting the art of eating without coming up for air, and discovering that dessert is the most important meal of the day. Garfield's back, and we've got him right where we want him!

Whether he sneaks all the cookies, devours a refrigerator, or wrestles an easy chair to the ground, you have to expect the unexpected when you're in the presence of cat-genius. Garfield's behavior is perfect, as usual, with just a few minor acts of mischief to liven things up and keep the good times rolling!

Whether he's down on the farm, lost in a world of his own, or camping out with the gang, Garfield always finds a way to keep life interesting. Now, that might be bad news for Jon and Odie, but it's great for the rest of his millions of fans, as Garfield takes the spotlight for his nineteenth star turn! Or, as Garfield might say, when the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.

Garfield knows what matters in life --- whether he's stealing Jon's dinner, performing for his favorite audience, or simply pondering the vastness of space. And he must be doing sometjing right, because this is his 20th book and he's still going strong. Live it up, Garfield, and take your millions of fans along for the ride!

He's a simple cat. He enjoys long naps, big dinners, and watching Jon fall flat on his face. But whether he's setting a trap for the mailman, stalking the chips bag, or helping Jon discover his artistic side, Garfield knows what to do and he knows how to do it with style.

Garfield, the furry food processor, is back for another helping of tastefully outrageous fun! And America's most-famished feline is breaking all records for mealtime mayhem! Whether he's snatching a snooze, drop-kicking the dog, or discovering the joys of a simple tummy scratch, Garfield always knows where his next nibble is coming from. If you're hungry for laughter, you'll eat him up. Pound for pound, there's no funnier cat around!

What are calories to a cat? For Garfield, they're a delicious way of life. But what do you expect from a feline who is able to eat tall lasagnas in a single gulp? So whether he's chaperoning Jon on a date, sleeping 'til noon, or tormenting the odiously lovable Odie, Garfield will never miss his next meal--or the chance to make us laugh!

Just as the day becomes night, summer becomes fall, and breakfast becomes lunch (with ample time for snacks in between!), Garfield becomes plumper and funnier with every meal he devours, and every practical joke he performs. So whether he's nudging Odie off the coffee table or "doing" lunch with Jon's goldfish, Garfield is in it for the fun--and so are we!

GARFIELD, the world's favorite feline, marks 15 years of laughs and lunches with this special silver volume, the 25th in his series of side-splitting comic compilations! After 15 years of funnies, GARFIELD's earned some extra sleep. But he'll still move all his muscles for meals and mayhem! Whether he's hogging Jon's chair or hog-tieing Odie, GARFIELD shows us how to grow old disgracefully.

Another helping of hilarity, please! Garfield, the lovable feline who never met a lunch he didn't like, dishes up another book full of his heavy hijinx and weighty wit. Garfield's put on a few pounds over the years, but he's not just getting fatter, he's getting better! So keep the comedy and calories coming! Whether he's painting Odie or chowing down on Jon's favorite fern, Garfield proves he's still a ton of fun!

A five-course meal of laughs! The surest way to a cat's heart is through his stomach. Garfield knows this tasty fact from experience! After all, the only thing bigger than Garfield's heart (and his latest hearty slab of lasagna) is his darling "little" tummy. But when he's not eating between meals, America's favorite feline is dishing out ample helpings of humor. So whether he's triple-lutzing his way to supper or tap dancing with Odie by the light of the moon, Garfield was born to make us laugh well past dessert!

A FAST-FOOD HELPING OF HUMOR! What is it that makes GARFIELD America's favorite feline? Maybe it's the way he flies through the fat lane without losing his cool or without missing a meal! You'll marvel as GARFIELD finds new ways to evade exercise and beat boredom. But it's nothing that a few airborne sardines can't cure, and feeding Odie a jar of sticky peanut butter is a sure way to a slobbering good time. So join GARFIELD and his friends before the food is gone and the fun slows down.

THERE'S MORE OF GARFIELD TO LOVE! In his nifty new collection, GARFIELD contemplates the advantages of growing older--and fatter! Whether he's settling in for a catatonic evening of TV viewing, testing the first law of physics on his back, or just hunting burgers in the kitchen, GARFIELD is sure to go light on the action and heavy on the laughs. So grab a seat and get ready for TONS OF FUN as GARFIELD treats us to another heaping helping of humor!

With Garfield, You can feed an old cat new snacks! But our lovable ball of fur will take the leftovers, too! So get ready to party night and day as Garfield eats, sleeps, and (occasionally) purrs his way into your heart — especially if you're baking lasagna. Whether he's plotting his next late-night refrigerator raid, stalking a jelly donut, or scaring a Girl Scout for her chocolate mint cookies, it's all in the name of food and fun!

FASTER THAN A JELLY DONUT, ABLE TO GOBBLE LASAGNA IN A SINGLE GULP. . .It's the one and only feisty furball GARFIELD—the corpulent cat with an attitude second only to his appetite. So whether he's relishing the fall season (the crinkle of autumn's rustling leaves sounds remarkably like potato chips) or sharpening his claws (quite handy for scratching through a plastic cheese wrapper), rest assured that where Garfield goes, fun—and food—are fast to follow!
THOUGHTS FROM AN EVEN BIGGER CAT. GARFIELD is a true Aristotle of cats, pondering such tough questions as: How many plates of lasagna can a cat consume in a single sitting? That's a lot of food for thought, but you can bet this feline philosopher will gobble his way to an answer—and still find room for dessert! It's nothing less than side-splitting fun, so don't miss out as GARFIELD thinks (and eats) BIGGER than ever before!

THE REIGNING KING OF CATS SHOWS YOU WHO'S BOSS! GARFIELD rules his kingdom with an iron paw. No one is safe from the portly prankster! So whether he's playing snap-the-towel with the constantly clueless Odie, giving Jon a "shocking" makeover, or plotting his next line of attack on the birdbath, GARFIELD always comes out on top!

MAKE WAY FOR GARFIELD! The tubby tabby is back, and he's livin' larger than ever! So whether he's enveloping Pooky in his Herculean hug, arguing with the talking scale, or munching on his masterpiece, the Leaning Tower of Pizza, GARFIELD's motto is always the same: Bigger IS better!

HUNGRY FOR LAUGHS? Garfield, the fat cat with the bottomless stomach, dishes up another tasty serving of cartoon comedy. So whether he's celebrating the official "Kick-Odie-Across-the-Room Day," playing connect-the-freckles on Jon's chest, or perfecting his insincere smile, Garfield's always on the prowl for food--and fun!

GARFIELD IS READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP! The witty kitty is back in the spotlight with a rollicking one-cat show! And this portly performer has an ego as big as his legendary appetite. So whether he's practicing his Volleydog serve on Odie, pantsing the unsuspecting mailman, or trying to lure birds to his barbecue-grill-birdbath, GARFIELD always makes sure he's the center of attention!

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER 10 POUNDS! Once again, Garfield spreads his mirth--and his girth--to cartoon lovers everywhere. Whether he's poking fun at Jon's latest dating disaster, punting Odie off the kitchen table, or pigging out on pork skins, this well-rounded cat is always hungry for fun.

Guess who's coming to dinner? GARFIELD's back, and he's in the mood for food! In this all-new, full-color collection of comics, the tubby tabby devours doughnuts, scours for snacks, and reveals his inner love for bacon. Prepare to pig out with the cat who truly believes that the best things in life are edible!

Mischief's on the menu and trouble's brewin' in this brand new concoction of comics. Share in the shenanigans, as GARFIELD, the furry prankster, engages in a little "tomcatfoolery" that's sure to elicit some catty laughter.

Garfield’s not just surviving, he’s thriving. The always fashionable fat cat has evolved over the years, but one thing hasn’t changed — his voracious appetite for food and fun. That’s what makes this all-new smorgasboard of comics a natural selection for hungry fans of the world’s most famished feline.

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When in doubt, Pig Out! “To eat is human; to pig out, divine!” Garfield’s glorious, gluttonous philosophy is on full display in this new collection of comics. As everyone knows, when it comes to food, the cat just loves to make a pig of himself!

Gluttony on a Galactic Scale! Like the Universe, Garfield is constantly expanding. Fans of the fat cat will get a big bang out of this all-new collection of comics, featuring Garfield at his funniest - and hungriest!

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Garfield, the felonious feline, is up to his old tricks again - and he doesn't care who knows it. Whether the victim is John, Odie, or some unsuspecting spider, Garfield is always guilty of fun in the first degree.

Forget the prize, Garfield has his eyes on the pies...and the cakes...and the donuts. As the fat cat himself says, "Never underestimate the positive power of pastries." Fans hungry for laughs will find this latest confection the perfect treat to satisfy their comic cravings.

Desperate times call for desperate pleasures! Garfield, the always-famished fat cat, will go to any means necessary to satisfy his humongous hunger. Join him on the prowl for food - and fun - in this all-new collection of comics.

That's a stupid question! The fat cat was born to binge, and while some might call it gluttony, Garfield prefers to think of it as eating proactively. Besides, someone needs to keep the surplus donut population under control. In this latest collection of comics, the heavyweight of humor tips the scales with a veritable metric ton of laughs.

The fat cat returns for his 50th book—a brand-new collection of hilarious strips, featuring Jon, Odie, and all the famous characters in the world of the one-and-only Garfield. Featuring a one-of-a-kind lenticular animated cover!

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