Thursday, July 28, 2005
Happy Birthday Jim Davis!
Despite my great affection for Harry Potter and company I believe that two other book series have done more for childhood literacy than the boy wizard. They are Captain Underpants and Garfield the Cat.
My insight on Garfield occured while driving and listening to a backseat conversation on the topic of Garfield. One child began to recount a favorite strip from memory and soon each kid was reciting a Garfield cartoon. The astonishing thing was how many times the punchline was delivered in unison by the whole car. Many of the comments began, "Hey, remember in Garfield 7 when Jon says..." or "Remember when Odie...in Garfield 9?"
Their knowledge of the strips and books was encyclopedic. Their enjoyment was unending.
A spot check of any library shelf will demonstrate the cat's popularity because ALL the Garfield books are checked-out.
Thank you and happy birthday, Jim Davis!
Garfield and Friends Official Site
Posted by Camille at 1:27 PM