A delightful collection of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful culled from the Wall Street Journa l's popular, and long-standing A-hed column. One of the Wall Street Journal 's most popular features for more than seventy years, the daily A-hed columnnamed for a headline that looked like a letter Ahas diverted readers from the more glum news of war, economic woe, natural disasters, and manmade malfeasance. Covering a wide range of lunacy and the unusual from across the nation and the world, the A-hed continues to enchant longtime readers. Now, the best A-hed stories from recent years have been bundled into this delightful collection. There are romantic tales, including the Japanese infidelity phone (it keeps trysts secret) and the story of wingmen and wingwomen who escort wallflowers to nightspots and maneuver them into the arms of prospective catches. Lovers of dogs, cats, and fish will learn how a Marine Corps bulldog got promoted to sergeant, how a grumpy cat acquired a Hollywood agent, and will be left wondering if a 63-pound carp named Benson died naturally in England or was the victim of foul play. From pantyhose (or mantyhose) for men to a campaign to recruit youthful nudists, a hairdo archeologist to five escaped wallabies and hippies smoking catnip, these stories will make readers laugh and keep them entertained.
If Peanuts creator Charles Schulz says you have one of the best comic strips of all time, who is anybody else to argue with him? Schulz is just one of millions who have fallen in love with Earl the dog, Mooch the cat, and their lovable strip Mutts. Creator Patrick McDonnell's strip now appears in more than 400 daily newspapers -- and his first two books have both undergone multiple reprints. This fall, McDonnell's third book, More Shtuff, will no doubt leave shelves just as fast. The clever and charming perspectives of Mooch and Earl are revealed to readers through conversations the pair have when their owners are absent. Using his lovable kitty accent, Mooch explains that he's standing perfectly still in the yard so the squirrels he wants to chase will think he's a tree. Earl confesses that when he eats cat food he begins to purr and meow. The duo have a variety of adventures together, delighting readers all the while. One minute the two are trying to con the neighborhood butcher out of a few scraps, the next minute they're scurrying to get home to the waiting arms of their loving humans -- Earl's owner, Ozzie, and Mooch's family, Millie and Frank. Mutts also features quite a cast of other characters from Crabby the crustacean to Phoebe the bird. Reminiscent of the cartoons of yesteryear, the unique style and charm of Mutts continues to earn McDonnell the kudos of fellow cartoonists, the public, and prominent national and international organizations. Mutts was named comic strip of the year in 1996 by the National Cartoonists Society. Last year, the strip won Germany's prestigious Max & Moritz Award for the best international comic strip.
Texts from Mittens is a series of text message conversations between a snappy, self-absorbed housecat named Mittens and his long-suffering human, a single woman who works away from home during the day. Mittens relentlessly hassles his human all day long, while only taking breaks to watch Judge Judy, hang with his best friend Stumpy, complain about the antics of Drunk Patty the neighbor, ask Grandma for money to buy useless items from QVC, and harass the "filthy beast" dog, Phil. Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer and blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers' Association. Her primary blog, Catladyland, has won many awards, and her humor writing is featured nearly daily on Catster.com, one of the most popular cat sites on the Web. She loves to photograph her cats in silly poses and sleeps with one eye open. And yes, she has three cats. "Each installment of Texts From Mittens is like a little gift to brighten your day!" Kate Benjamin, Hauspanther founder and co-author of Catification with Jackson Galaxy " Texts From Mittens makes me wish my cat had thumbs! This is a hilarious book; Angie Bailey has done it again!" Jeremy Greenberg, Author of Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed "We all knew that cats were hilarious, but Ms. Bailey's sardonic cat quips really take their mannerisms, attitude and occasional apathy to another level." Susan Michals, Curator of Cat Art Show Los Angeles Come home! There's an emergency! What?? Are you OK? My dish is half empty! I'll be home soon. You wish starvation upon me! Stop being dramatic. Am weeak. Caan hasrdly tyyppe. Are you going to wear those black pants on your bed? Yes. I have a date. They're comfortable. Mittens, get off my pants! FYI: Poly-blend makes your butt look big
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