5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matt Inman

Posted December 6, 2019 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

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5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

by Matthew Inman

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing on October 1, 2010
Genre: Comics, Humor
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★

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n Matthew Inman's New York Times best selling 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides), samurai sword-wielding kittens and hamsters that love .50-caliber machine guns commingle with a cracked out Tyrannosaur that is extremely hard to potty train. Bacon is better than true love and you may awake in the middle of the night to find your nephew nibbling on your toes.

Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com, which launched in July 2009 and already has more than 82 million page views. In fact, every 15 to 30 seconds, someone Googles one of theoatmeal.com's creations. Now, 60 of Inman's comic illustrations and life-bending guides are presented in full-color inside 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides). Consider such handy advice as: 4 Reasons to Carry a Shovel at All Times, 6 Types of Crappy Hugs, 8 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One Plans to Eat You, 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat, and 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer.

 

Reviewing comic books like 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth is tricky because it all comes down to sense of humor and personal preference.  Immediately from this title, I’m sure you all are thinking “she found a book about punching dolphins hilarious?  She’s a monster!”. … This book isn’t really about punching dolphins so much as it is full of observational humor and a lot of clickbait-sequel titles. I, yes, found it hilarious, as I often do with Matt Inman’s comics. My husband, on the other hand, was not amused when I kept handing him the book with, “hahaha read this one about the cracked up T-Rex”.

So you know. Humor is humor and I have the sense of humor of a thirteen year old boy, apparently.

5 Reasons is a collection of Inman’s early work, so if you’ve been following The Oatmeal for as long as I have been, you’ve probably seen a few of these things before. If you’ve only been following him the last couple years and haven’t combed through the archives in his site, then you are missing out on some funny stuff.  I think it’s funny, anyway. As aforementioned, my husband does not.

The art style is a bit different in most of these as he was settling in and finding his way to how he wanted to draw everything.  Some of the comics are complete rubbish randomness, like the pterodactyl one… I have no clue where that came from.  Some, like the web design one, is clearly personal to Inman’s experience in life (although in accuracy – can confirm. My father’s a web designer and I grew up watching this craziness go down).  I personally found it to be a well-curated collection, particularly keeping in mind the time frame this book represents and that many of his pet-related comics had not been drawn yet,  the arrangement is good too so you don’t get too many informational comics in a row.

Generally speaking, 5 Reasons is a solid collection for anyone who enjoys The Oatmeal and if you want a funny coffee table book that will either make people laugh at its ridiculousness or offend them with a completely un-understandable sense of humor, then this is a great book.

And, honestly, it’s just great fun to pull out a comic book every once in a while to decompress.  For me, The Oatmeal is a good way to do it.

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Ratings Breakdown

Writing: ★★★
Art: ★★★★★
Content: ★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

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5 Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth will stay on the shelf!

The Oatmeal’s comics are a guilty pleasure for me and these books are something I can pick up for lols whenever I need something light and silly, but want to read the whole thing in one sitting or read a little bit, but not a lot.  If the humor stops appealing to me or if there’s a scandal I would probably get rid of them, but for now I’m still highly amused by these comics and I’m happy to support him.

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Which web comics do you enjoy?  Outside of The Oatmeal, I follow Strange Planet and I’ve recently started following Adam Tots on Instagram.  I used to love Penny Arcade in the day!  Suggest your faves and I’ll check them out!

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