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It's the thought that counts-- : For better…

It's the thought that counts-- : For better or for worse fifteenth… (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Lynn Franks Johnston

Series: For Better or For Worse (Retrospective)

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For years and years, Lynn Johnston has entertained, enlightened, and educated the world about the delights and disappointments of family life. Her strip is poignant and funny--and very often, universal. She captures a mother's frustration at an unruly teenager, a father's surprise in a growing daughter, and kids' various views about their future as they grow up. In It's the Thought That Counts, For Better or For Worse looks back on many of the series' high points through Lynn's hand-picked selection of color Sundays: the unexpected birth of baby April in 1991; the daring revelation that teenage family friend Lawrence was gay; the fear that comes with aging parents. The collection also includes those quietly funny moments in families: a father and his kids romping with abandon; a closet full of clothes that no longer span a middle-aged girth; a teenage son's first experience with a crush. Lynn Johnston fashioned the Patterson family after her own lively brood. Her real life experiences--divorce, childbirth, pets, and parents--show through in her work in the most wise and wonderful ways. Even better, this anniversary book contains Johnston's comments about some of her favorite strips in an amusing and informative narrative.… (more)
Title:It's the thought that counts-- : For better or for worse fifteenth anniversary collection
Authors:Lynn Franks Johnston
Info:Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews and McMeel, c1994.
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It's The Thought That Counts: For Better or For Worse 15th Anniversary Collection by Lynn Johnston (1994)



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My mom picked this up at a used book store, but I got ahold of it before her. This book is interesting because it has a long introduction, and then she talks about some of the inspiration for her Sunday cartoons. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
I love the way this collection was put together and the Sunday comics just about split my gut with laughing so hard. April is such a funny kid, and John's smart-ass sense of humor has really developed in this book. Which just proves that the older you get the funnier you are ;-) ( )
  kpolhuis | May 19, 2010 |
The 15th Anniversary collection of For Better or For Worse is not quite the extravaganza they had for the tenth. You still get some color Sunday strips--of relatively contemporary vintage--but the prose is limited to an occasional paragraph explaining some of the inspiration for a particular Sunday strip and a three page essay regarding the storyline where Lawrence comes out as being gay. Add all that to the year's worth of reprints and you get a nice book to put on your shelf.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Mar 24, 2008 |
Actually two books in one, the first half of this oversize collection is a selection of Sunday strips, with occasional annotation by Lynn Johnston, telling the origin of one idea or another. Even though it was evident from the photos of her and her family on her other books, her annotation makes clear just how much of this strip is derived from her own family and experiences. The second half continues the regular collection of strips from where the last collection left off. Michael gets a job at Megafood, where he meets and starts dating Rhetta, his second-to-last relationship. Gord gets a job at the garage he will one day own. Lawrence has plans for gardening as a career, Michael in journalism. Anthony is introduced as Liz's first boyfriend. Elly's parents visit for Christmas. Gordon gets his own apartment, above the garage he works at. The kids are starting to make their way into the world. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 2, 2007 |
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