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It was a Dark and Silly Night: Little Lit    edited by Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly order for
It was a Dark and Silly Night
by Art Spiegelman
Order:  USA  Can
Joanna Cotler, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I love the large format and the colorful comics. And the stories aren't bad either, especially the first, Lemony Snicket's delightful interpretation of the Yeti myth - he tells us that 'In this case 'silly' stands for ... Somewhat Intelligent, Largely Laconic Yeti.'

There's a moral or two in the fable of the penguins and the fox by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. William Joyce gives us boy crimefighter Art Aimesworth wielding a newly invented 'silly ray' against tulip-thieving Mamelukes. Neil Gaiman and Gahan Wilson's kid heroes hold their party in a spooky graveyard, where they end up playing 'cool games like blind corpse's bluff'. Neil Wolverton's 'Jumpin' Jupiter' takes part in an alliterative SF adventure, and from there the tales just keep on getting sillier. The last by Patrick McDonnell is all about a moon who's afraid of the dark and refuses to come out.

Interspersed among the silly stories are a cartoon whose scenes are out of order, Teddy Bear Picnic pictures with differences only 'super sleuths' can find, and a fill in the blanks invitation to make up our own story. It's all super silly, but with tons of comic relief, and it is definitely not just for the kids!

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