By Pat Brady with Don Wimmer, Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99, 128 pages
Rose is Rose is a beloved comic strip that is syndicated in more than 600 newspapers. Strip creators Pat Brady and Don Wimmer bring us Not Just Another Sweetheart Deal: A Collection of Rose is Rose Comics. Fall in love with the Gumbo family all over again – Rose, Jimbo, Pasquale, Peekaboo, and cousins Clem and Mimi. Enjoy their antics and adventures. Rose is a homemaker by day and a wild biker chick at night (alter ego Vicki). She’s content working in her garden and squawking with the birds and cherishes the love notes Jimbo writes for her. While Jimbo isn’t eating his favorite snack (sardines), he’s playing ball with Pasquale. Peekaboo, the cat, is a fan favorite. She can always smell when Jim is having sardines and will do anything to get one. The whole family will go out of their way not to disturb her when she is resting and this makes for some great laughs. Peekaboo frequently gets her claws snagged on everything just for the fun of being rescued. Pasquale is such a laid back kid. Rather than hearing a goodnight story, he’ll blow bedtime bubbles with his mom. This collection of comics warms the heart.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin