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Dawson, Ted. Spooner: love is strange.

DAWSON,Ted. Spooner: love is strange. (The Astonish Factory.) 150p. illus, c2004. 0972125949. $14.95. SA

Spooner is a newspaper strip starring Roxanne and Spooner, a cute young couple about to move into their new house; Spooner, ever the romantic, whisks Roxanne over the threshold using a fireman's carry. She eventually forgives him, of course, and they settle into their new life together quite nicely. Spooner features lots of domestic touches--blanket hogs, sloppy husbands, silly arguments--and I'm willing to bet that the Spooner family, despite its title character's tendency to put his foot in his mouth (at one point he tells Roxanne, "I love everything you try to cook for me."), will soon feature some small additions.

Spooner does a good job of chronicling the bumps & bends and small joys that make up a relationship; the art and storylines are high quality, and bring Calvin & Hobbes to mind. This graphic novel is a compilation of the newspaper strip, and contains no objectionable material (unless you count mild sexual innuendo). It is recommended for older readers because the jokes are best appreciated by people mature enough to know something about serious relationships. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL., Montvale, NJ

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Author:Galuschak, George
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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