Review: The Little World of Liz Climo

by Beth C.

The Little World of Liz Climo – Liz Climo (Running Press Books)

Just what is the little world of Liz Climo? It’s one populated with quirky animals — dinosaurs, anteaters, bears, rabbits, sloths, and pigs, just to name a few — that are just like you and me…well almost. But yet, what’s amazing is that the animal characters and ClimoCover2situations featured in Liz’s comics perfectly capture life’s sweet, silly, endearing, and awkward moments and emotions. There is much that we can all relate to whether we have two legs or four.

While reading The Little World of Liz Climo, I found myself lingering on each page. The art and conveyed sentiments are beyond wonderful.  Brilliant is a word that comes to mind, and that’s not something that I toss around lightly. The art is beautifully non-fussy.  The critters are drawn with simple, rounded lines, and their faces have such a sweet and innocent quality about them, most likely LizClimo-INT.indddue to the black dots for eyes, various nose styles, and no mouths.  The comics are set against a white backdrop; there are no backgrounds or unnecessary props to distract from the scene. The subdued earth-tone color palette adds a cozy and mellow feel to the comics.

First page, first comic, and I instantly fell in love. It was a Jerry Maguire moment.  Liz had me at “hello,” or I suppose in this case, she had me at the plunger.  I love this comic more than words can say.  This comic, like many in the collection, is more than just cute and witty. It has a deeper meaning. For me, it shows that some people alter their true identities just to have a sense of feeling like they belong or to fit in with a certain peer group.  But we shouldn’t try to be someone we’re not, as others will see through our façade and may even call us out on it.

Each and every one of the comics in Liz’s book is impressive and charming – her wit and creativity did not wane, not even flicker, as I progressed from the first page to the last. If you pick up a copy of The Little World of Liz Climo for yourself, I hope you will love it as much as I do.

You can keep up with Liz and all the animal escapades via her Tumblr account. There are 150 individual comic strips in her book, and 50 of them are new and exclusive to The Little World of Liz Climo. You won’t even find them on Liz’s Tumblr site.

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