Cartoons from Word Definitions

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
142 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2015
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Author Biography

Dennis Garcia grew up in a bilingual household, which cultivated his fascination with words from an early age. The same fascination which has allowed his mind to envision ideas beyond the walls of perception as a writer, a photographer, a traveler, and a professional in the world of business management. After decades of managerial decision-making, he had come full circle and shares a few laughs with his old friends - words.

    Book Review

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.

Barbara Fanson

Logoons: Cartoons From Word Definitions written by Dennis Garcia introduces us to new words and provides a definition, a punch line, and an illustration. This humorous non-fiction book could also be classified as a comic book. This easy-to read book would make a good addition to your washroom — read a few pages at a time or the whole book. For example, osculate is a verb meaning kiss; the cartoon advises us never to osculate with a zombie. Buy this book to annoy your friends by using a new word that they may not know, such as solleret, the steel boot of a knight, or puerile, a childish, immature behavior. Amaze your family with sentences like “I think the trichobothria or hair-like structures on this spider are detecting a vibration.”

Author Dennis Garcia’s book Logoons contains cartoons designed to educate and amuse us. Arranged alphabetically from A to Z, you can look up a word quickly. You’ll learn the meaning of a different word on each page. David Camacho’s illustrations are simple but well drawn and easy to understand. I like the cartoon of King Kong and Big Foot comparing the size of their digitus minimus or little toe. I have learned several new words and can’t wait to impress my family and friends, and I will never, ever osculate with a zombie. But, I may have my arms akimbo and put both hands on my hips if my amanuensis or assistant who takes dictation misspells a word while writing a review.

Romuald Dzemo

What could be better for word lovers than a collection of creative, humorous cartoons that instruct at the same time that they entertain? Logoons: Cartoons From Word Definitions (Volume 1) by Dennis Garcia is hilarious in its execution and even those who are not fond of uncommon words will be able to have a laugh, a snort, or a giggle reading this collection. The humorous dialogues are well-written and they are thought-provoking.

This improbably generous collection is a bonanza of ironic, comic representations of words most of us have heard; some of them sound like neologisms, coined from the author's keen observation of life and his acute sense of culture. The images leap off the page as if to caress the reader’s face, whether it’s the pot-bellied man standing “akimbo” or the “apterium” under wintry weather, the reader immediately feels humored upon landing on a new page.

In Logoons: Cartoons From Word Definitions (Volume 1), Dennis Garcia has brilliantly combined imagery with creative writing to deliver snippets of thoughts that are funny and that will make readers laugh, smile, or snort gleefully every six minutes. My wife knew I was up to something when she spotted me reading this gem and she drew up close, and before we knew it, we were both laughing. We read the whole collection of cartoons in bed. A hearty treat for a weekend! Yes, Logoons: Cartoons From Word Definitions (Volume 1) is more than creativity; it’s a work of pure genius, one I will highly recommend to anyone who is looking for something that could tease their mind and warm their heart.

Leonard Ryzman

A fabulous concept for a book. A funny and brilliant way to
expand your vocabulary and not only learn but remember
more words. There are so many cartoons, there have to be some to your liking - if not all. Great for both laughs and education!

Nick Alverson

I really enjoyed reading Logoons. It was so silly and different. Author Dennis Garcia takes uncommon words that you’ve never heard of or if you’ve heard of them, you definitely don’t know what they mean, and gives the reader the definition with an accompanying cartoon that demonstrates a use of the word. The cartoons are silly, outlandish, funny, bizarre, dark, crazy and a lot more.

While reading these cartoons I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Gary Larson’s The Far Side. Garcia’s book has the same sort of hilarious absurdity of the Far Side comics. It really brought back memories of reading the Far Side in the funnies, back before tablets and smart phones destroyed the newspaper.

The book is a really easy read and has a sneaky sort of educational element to it. I had no idea what the word querulous meant until I read Logoons and now I know that many people exhibit that behavior quite a lot. Once you read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Overall this book is a silly and fun read and anyone who likes the Far Side or just something a little off the beaten path will enjoy reading Logoons.