The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Book - 2014
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"On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven--and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250050397
Branch Call Number: 741.5942 COLLINS
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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LPL_KimberlyL May 24, 2018

Dave lives on an island named Here, and everywhere else is There. There is not to be trusted. There is the origin of everything terrible in the world. There is to be feared. Like everyone else in Here, Dave lives a quiet and ordinary life of rules and patterns. Until his face magically sprouts a beard of gigantic (and evil?) proportions, that is. A smart and silly graphic novel full of symbolism and themes of isolation, distrust of outsiders, and the dangers of a homogeneous culture.

Aug 23, 2017

I liked the pencil drawings, but the subject was dull, and the adult fairy tale childish.

Feb 13, 2017

Again, I can appreciate this book. It was symbolic and beautifully drawn. However, I thought it was a little boring. But still good.

Feb 07, 2017

I liked that this was different. The art, story and how the artist periodically integrated the narrative's text in with his art we all interesting.

Nov 04, 2015

Way better than expected. Funny and well-drawn. There may be some life lessons in this, or it may just be silly thoughtful fun.

multcolib_rossb Sep 21, 2015

Beautiful art and - something that is kind of rare in comics - beautiful language, too. Plus, the Bangles: "Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling. Do you feel my heart beating? Do you understand?"

JCLChrisK Aug 19, 2015

"Beneath the skin of everything is something nobody can know.
The job of the skin is to keep it all in and never let anything show."

This is a wonderfully composed and illustrated graphic fable about conformity and keeping up appearances (and more). Though the text doesn't always rhyme, it does feel poetic, and the words are marvelously laid out with the illustration panels. The drawings are both atmospheric and compelling. And while the metaphor is far more effective and far-reaching than I expected it to be, in the end I felt the book would have been more poignant if it gone beyond appearance and self-expression to deeper areas of emotional connection and vulnerability. The implied existential dread looming in everyone's background is far more than skin deep, after all. Nevertheless, this is quite well done and a pleasure to read.

Jun 23, 2015

"It's beautiful," I thought to myself when I finished it. Said my husband when he was halfway through it: "It's like a Shel Silverstein book gone totally mad, and I've never read anything even remotely like it." The title of the book would have you believe that the gigantic beard is evil, but is it really? Dave, on whose face it suddenly grows one day, sure thinks so. It costs him his job and his freedom on the island of Here, where everything is neat and orderly. The beard is not neat or orderly. The beard is against everything that Here stands for. The back cover calls this book a parable, and that's clearly true, but it's an understated, beautiful one. I think this would make a great book club discussion, because there is so much going on with Dave, his community, and the much bigger themes at play.

Mark_Daly Dec 15, 2014

A fable about the price of conformity, with mesmerizing pencil shaded artwork. Starts a bit like Chris Ware, then takes a turn toward Edward Gorey. Worth a look.

IngloriousBelcher Nov 29, 2014

Fantastically perfect in every way.

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