Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Review of "Nuts," by Grahan Wilson

 Review of

Nuts, by Grahan Wilson ISBN 0399900624

Five out of five stars

Elaborate cartoons from the perspective of a child

 When you are young and under the dubious control of adults, what they say and do often seems incomprehensible. Multi-panel cartoons depicting some of the most common situations are collected in this book. Most open with a text caption explaining a situation that children encounter.

 For example, there is the caption “Remember the first time you began to suspect that there would never be an end to getting because no matter what you got there was always something else waiting to be gotten next?” No wisdom. just a fact and a statement of the basic economic principle of unlimited wants.

 Another example is, “Remember the first time you had to wait for something you really wanted, maybe because you had to save up for it, and how you wanted it more and more?” In this case, the basic principle of delayed gratification.

 Although the messages are presented in the form of cartoons, there is a great deal of wisdom in this book. In many ways it is a basic primer on what life has in store for you as you age into an adult.

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