Smile lives up to its name

January 1, 2010

Smile, by Mark Lynch (Exisle Publishing, RRP $24.99):

There’s always time in life for a bit of a giggle and cartoonist Mark Lynch has a knack for creating delightfully silly cartoons to tickle the funny bone.

Lynch was the former editorial cartoonist for the Australian but his cartoon talents don’t end there. In fact, his first love is the cartoon genre known as the single gag: a simple panel cartoon that conveys its humour in one panel.

This is a great little book to dip into when you’re having one of those miseable days: open it an any page and you’ll find something that will make you do exactly as the title suggests: smile.

Whether it’s God presenting Moses with the Prozac tablets or Snow White’s choice of profession, there’s something in here that will give everyone a giggle.

All too often these days things don’t live up to the advertising hype but this book is aptly named and well worth the cover price.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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