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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Logoons: Cartoons from Word Definitions is a non-fiction humor work written by Dennis Garcia and illustrated by David Camacho. Garcia plumbs the alphabet in search of weird, unusual and not-so-unusual words and then proceeds to put his own weird spin on each of them. This author had a huge challenge in having me review his book as I am not considered to have much of a sense of humor -- if any at all -- but he met that challenge with unnerving ease. Logoons is definitely not something you want to read in a public space, while waiting for a train or plane for example, as the chortles, giggles and outright guffaws you’ll be compelled to emit as you travel through this linguistic array of the absurd may have others wondering if they should contact the authorities and get the men in the white coats to usher you to a safe and secure place. Seriously speaking, Garcia and Camacho’s Logoons are that good. I found that, while they are highly original and creative works of art and humor, these definitions and illustrations were reminiscent of the outrageously funny and bizarre cartoons of Gary Larson -- and that’s a very good thing.
Each word is presented with information on its part of speech followed by a brief definition. A picture then follows, complete with line drawings and cartoon balloons filled with pithy dialogue and/or description. Sometimes, there’s an epilogue that lingers at the bottom of the picture to deliver a particularly powerful, punny or even pungent point. Readers who may wonder at the veracity of the words and their definitions will appreciate the Works Cited Appendix that lists each word with one or more sources and links. Even the most humor-challenged reader will find something to strike their fancy and elicit an irrepressible giggle, snort or even a belly laugh. What’s more, if you read Logoons in the privacy of your own home, no one ever need know that your funny bone was actually located and given the workout of its life. And you might actually discover that you do indeed have a sense of humor; it was always there waiting for something truly funny, bizarre, hilarious and just plain strange to wake it up, stroke it and feed the funny flames. It happened to me when I saw a comb-over on a bird. No, that’s not a spoiler -- that’s just the beginning. Dennis Garcia’s Logoons: Cartoons from Word Definitions is most highly recommended.