Gr 4–8—These mostly wordless comics contain the latest adventures of Tatulli's cute-but-creepy protagonist, Lio. The collection is filled with dark humor and lots of weird and outlandish characters. While Lio appears to be an ordinary boy in an ordinary world, he interacts on a regular basis with a variety of monsters, a giant squid, aliens, zombies, ghosts, witches, spiders, and a giant snake. He sleeps with a vampire bunny doll. The humor echoes that of other famous comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes or Monty, and even the wordless wit of Sergio Aragones from the margins of MAD Magazine. Some of the jokes might be too dark for younger children or may fly over their heads. Then again, references to grown-up things such as riding a bomb Dr. Strangelove-style might be aimed at any parents who are reading this book with their children. The artwork alternates between black and white and brightly colored cartoons, and Tatulli (like Bill Watterson before him) skillfully evokes a mix of cuteness and gruesomeness in his work. This book will probably be most appreciated by readers who are already fans of Lio, but it might also serve as an introduction to dark-humor fans.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library [Page 105]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Creepy, crawly, slimy, and awesome! Welcome to the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio.A curious young scientist and comic book fan, Lio is the defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies. Lio is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinks, sidesplitting laughter abounds'all without so much as a word.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Using his scientific prowess, the skills he picks up from comic books and a legion of zombie bunnies he invented to defend the weak, a spiky-haired youngster engages in parody-style hijinks involving imaginary robots, a squid companion and his sleep-deprived father. Original.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Collects the assorted adventures of Liåo, a curious young scientist and comic book fan, as he cavorts with slimy monsters, welcomes alien invaders to Earth, and plays pranks on his father.