Thursday, January 17, 2013
"Unshelved" by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum follows the staff at the Mallville Public Library and the crazy scenarios they encounter. I can't help but feel that this book will only appeal to those that have worked in libraries or to those that have spent a lot of time in the stacks at their local library. Having personally been asked where an unfindable book is ('it has a green cover!') I could relate to these comic strips so easily but do wonder if the jokes would be lost on most people. Characters include: Dewey- who would much rather be enjoying a coffee break than assisting patrons, Merv- a teenage who's always at the library though he's not a fan of reading, Tamara- the children's librarian, and Mel- who tries to maintain the chaos that is the library (with little success). The book is a collection of comic strips that have been featured on the Unshelved website. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy these comics, but once I started reading I just didn't want to stop. In some ways, it felt like a book full of inside jokes since I knew they wouldn't appeal to everyone, but that there would be people (like me) who would have to take breaks they were laughing so hard. I am really interested to find out what others think of Dewey and the gang- do you enjoy these comics or are they more for librarians and the library-obsessed? Let me know in the comments!