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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil | Stephen Collins
54 posts | 55 read | 62 to read
The life of clean-shaven Dave--bald but for one hair--is upended one day when he begins to grow an unstoppable, impressive beard.
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jlhammar
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Really enjoyed this offbeat graphic novel. Fun modern fable with great art.

#OminousOctober #Evil
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 👍🏼😄👏🏻 1mo
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TheBookDream
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crazyspine
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Pickpick

Cool illustrations. Weird story,

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Krisjericho
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Pickpick

WHY DO I LOVE THIS SO MUCH?! This is the weirdest, strangest, funniest, saddest, most thoughtful book I have read in a while. The art is perfection. The story, while in the realm of the fantastic, is ridiculously believable. I love this. Read it. Let the chaos in. Is this burning...an eternal...flaaammmmeee?

wanderinglynn Who hasn‘t listened to Eternal Flame on repeat? 😂 3y
Christine Loved this one! 3y
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wtimblin
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Was a strange and surreal book. Subtle yet beautiful artwork. Obviously as a beardy-weirdy myself I was drawn to this like a moth to a flame....or like soup to a beard...

rretzler 😝...like soup to a beard 😝 4y
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 4y
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Kalalalatja
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It is no fun when your facial #tresses start living a life of their own that might involve taking over the island where you live. No fun at all..

#CoolBooks

Farzad_Poodineh What a cool title 😃 4y
TrishB Love that title 😁 4y
ephemeralwaltz What 😂😂 4y
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mcipher Oh my goodness! 😂😂 4y
Kalalalatja @Farzad_Poodineh @TrishB @ephemeralwaltz @mcipher it is a pretty great book, actually, about being different and us-vs-them-culture, with a giant, evil beard thrown into the mix 😄 4y
Linsy 🤣🤣🤣 This is great! 4y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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This book is fantastic and you should read it. I didn't know what exactly I was getting into when I picked it up--it turned out to be a beautifully drawn and organized graphic novel full of layers and depth, appropriate for all ages, and very NightValean indeed, which was a wonderful surprise. 💜 #wtnv
#letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon
P.S. This library book is quite dirty but it's NOT MY FAULT

rabbitprincess I liked this one too! 5y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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#LMFAO
#speechbubblechallenge
#letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon
That's it on "quotes" from this book for me, folks. It's just so good, I don't want to show you too much! Go read it.

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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TommieMarie74 I‘m excited to read this!! 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TommieMarie74 I'm so happy to be spreading the gospel of the gigantic beard today. 😄 (edited) 5y
TricksyTails These illustrations are fantastic!! 5y
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Tamra 😮😆 5y
TricksyTails Woah 😳 5y
zezeki This sounds interesting 5y
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Tamra Expressive art! 5y
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Clwojick This definitely looks right up my alley! Off to search my libraries database ....🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Clwojick 😄😄😄😄 5y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Tamra Is it suitable for 10 yr old? Or is this aimed for older readers? 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Tamra Totally suitable for a 10 year old and surprisingly wonderful for adults-it really just deals with the concept of dread. But I think a 10 year old might just enjoy the fantastical nature of it--I don't remember being super anxious at age 10... 5y
Tamra @Natasha.C.Barnes that won‘t be a problem for my son. Thanks for posting, I‘ll request it from my library. 🙂 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Tamra Cool!! Sorry, I've lost all reference points for children's ages bc I'm never around them! 😆 5y
Tamra @Natasha.C.Barnes that‘s ok! I myself soon forget things after my children pass the stages. 5y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Hey, friendos! I REALLY 😉 love this book! Hot DAMN it's so fantastic. I won't be able to use many frames for the #speechbubblechallenge both bc most sentences run for multiple frames AND bc no one should have this beautiful book spoiled for them, but I'm gonna go ahead and tag this frame with my #amazement at how great a simple little frame like this can be. #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon

TricksyTails 👏😁♥️ 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TricksyTails Have you read this? I'm so in love with it. 5y
TricksyTails I haven‘t even heard of it! Looks dark which I love. More pics! More pics! 🤗 5y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @TricksyTails It's so good!!! I have a few more to post but honestly, it's not something I want to spoil. It's not really super plot-based but it builds really well--it's just a little encapsulated experience everyone should get to have. Just go order it from the library! 5y
Clwojick Ooooooh stacking! Never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing! ❤️❤️ 5y
TricksyTails I‘ll have to request a purchase!! 5y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TricksyTails You're kidding. 🙄 Well definitely do. 5y
TricksyTails Just put in the request! Crossing my fingers they purchase it. 🤞 5y
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night_shift
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Weird, silly. Interesting artwork. Until the beard showed up, that town was mighty boring!

Lindy Such a fun book. 😊 5y
night_shift @Lindy yeah, I liked it! 5y
slategreyskies Hey lady! I Just wanted to drop you a quick note letting you know that you‘re my secret santa goes postal match! When I mailed your box out, I forgot to put my Litsy handle or anything at all about Litsy on the outside of your box. USPS tracking says it will be there tomorrow. *fingers crossed* 🤞 it has black and white floral duck tape on it. If you can, bring it in shortly after you get it, as part of it shouldn‘t freeze. 🎄⛄️❄️ 5y
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slategreyskies Hey lady! This is just a quick note letting you know that you‘re my secret 🎅🏼 goes postal match! When I mailed your box out, I forgot to put my Litsy name or anything about Litsy on the outside of the box. The box has b&w floral duck tape on it, and it should be delivered tomorrow. When you get it, bring it inside soon if you can. One of your gifts isn‘t supposed to freeze. Hopefully it will be okay even if it does. *hugs* 🎄❄️⛄️ 5y
slategreyskies Is anyone else having problems getting their comments to post? I‘ve tried 3 times now on this post, and they keep disappearing. 5y
night_shift @slategreyskies they all appeared :p Litsy was being weird this morning! 5y
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Magslhalliday
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#monthlywrapup November was a slow month. 3 books. All fiction. All by men.

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Magslhalliday
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Pickpick

Dave. Poor Dave. This was great, and so beautifully drawn.

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Mamashep
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My son, who loves his beard, loved this book about beards. Also, that's his author shot - he's a published poet! #hairthereandeverywhere #anditsaugust

RaimeyGallant Nice! 5y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#anditsaugust #hairthereandeverywhere @RealLifeReading

The first book I thought of for today's prompt. Definitely not the first one to share this but I'm doing it anyways. 😂

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Kalalalatja
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#Hairthereandeverywhere - I have seen others posting about this graphic novel for today's prompt, but I had to go with it as well.

A man wakes up one day and finds hair on his chin, which normally is very smooth. No matter how much he shaves, the beard just keeps on growing. This GN tells a story about fitting in or being different, all done in black and white illustrations.

#AnditsAugust

AMVP Was going to post about this one. Read the whole thing in the student bookstore at college. 5y
jess_turtlebeanz That looks like a fun read! 5y
Kalalalatja @AMVP it was one of the first GNs I ever read, and I just gobbled it up! 5y
Kalalalatja @jess_turtlebeanz it really is! 👍 5y
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BooksForYears
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#AndItsAugust Day 4 - Hair There and Everywhere

Dave lives in a society where sameness, orderliness, and tidiness are the norm. Everyone dresses the same, wears their hair the same, but underneath it all is deep repression of individuality. Until one day, Dave's facial hair starts growing uncontrollably. Despite all attempts to trim it or contain it, the beard keeps growing and growing. This one man's unplanned protest has far-reaching effects.

HippieChickHomeschool I've been wanting to read this forever! 5y
rabbitprincess This was great! 5y
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Myhometownandbeyond
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A very wacky and corky read, but I enjoyed it. 📖

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Kalalalatja
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I went all in with the (mostly) #blackandwhitecovers. There's just something striking about a black cover with white font 😍

#MayBookFlowers

RealLifeReading Love this! And ooh you have such a nice version of His Dark Materials 6y
JazzFeathers I've never realised before b/w covers are so popular 6y
Cinfhen Great photo 🖤💛 6y
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TrishB Lovely 😀 6y
Kalalalatja @RealLifeReading it is from Everyman's Library 👌 the only problem is that some of the print on the cover got rubbed off when I read it... 6y
Kalalalatja @JazzFeathers I hadn't even realised how many I had! @Cinfhen @TrishB thanks! 💕 6y
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LazyOwl
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Pickpick

I enjoyed how this started out, it was a fun read, but felt that the ending was rather anti-climactic

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LazyOwl
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Library hold just came in. Interested to see how this one goes. I just love the title 😊
#whackytitles

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charl08

Great birthday gift!

Lindy This book is bonkers in the best way. 👍 6y
charl08 @lindy I have no idea if it's a metaphor for something but a great book. 6y
Lindy @charl08 I'd say it's a fable about control versus chaos. (Who wins that battle?) 6y
charl08 @lindy sounds plausible... 6y
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BooksForYears
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#FeistyFeb Day 22 - ALL THE FEELS

Maybe it's the spare words and simplistic illustration, the overt scenes of injustice, or the social allegory that extends throughout the text - but every time I read this graphic novel I have so many feels!

kristinshafel I loved it, bought it as a christmas gift for my long-bearded husband a couple years ago. 6y
ReadingOver50 Looks fun! 6y
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BraveNewBooks
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#catsofLitsy 😻😻😻

WanderingBookaneer Love that whimsical book! 6y
Lauredhel Pretty cats! Burmese? 6y
BraveNewBooks @WanderingBookaneer It just came in the mail, I'm looking forward to reading it! 6y
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BraveNewBooks @Lauredhel we think both are Siamese mix, one adopted from a guy I dated briefly in Fairbanks in 2008, one adopted from Animal Control in Anchorage in 2014. 6y
Lauredhel @BraveNewBooks they look a lot like the lilac Burmese cat we used to have. Lovely! 6y
Tanzy13 🐱🐱 6y
BookBelle84 They look like they could be related to my Alice! 6y
mcipher What gorgeous kitties!! 😻 6y
kspenmoll Beautiful cats!!😺 6y
Jinjer They love each other!!!! 6y
BraveNewBooks @Jinjer they do! It makes me so happy. 6y
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Jooshanoosh
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Pickpick

How have I not read this book until now?? So beautiful the art is exceptional. And the story was thoughtful and deeply personal. So amazing.

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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

I loved this graphic novel #setonanisland. On the Island of Here everyone look the same and nobody sticks out. Until one day were Dave starts to grow a beard which won't stop growing. So much fun, and kinda creepy aswell.

#seasonsreadings

WanderingBookaneer Such a great one! I keep hounding @BookishMarginalia to read it. 6y
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JoRead
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No-Shave November has arrived! I'm planning on indulging on a few particular hairy readings. My picks for this month are:
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins, and
The Bearded Lady by Sharlee Dieguez.
I didn't find any books that would directly help the No-Shave or Movember cause but willing to help spread awareness in any way I can.
#NoShaveNovember #Movember #DropTheRazor

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WoodyWoodson
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Happy Halloween #Littens I hope its all treats and no tricks. Or maybe just a couple tricks 🎃👻👿

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BooksForYears
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#Booktober Day 23 - Favorite graphic novel

Drawn in spare b&w, this is the story of a man who lives in "Here", a land where life is orderly and all people are the same, including all men being clean-shaven. When Dave's facial hair begins growing uncontrollably, the reactions by his community take strong and unexpected turns, illustrating the importance of conformity to social norms in Here. It's a beautifully touching allegory for nonconformity.

BekahB I loved this weird graphic novel! I had The Bangles running through my head for days after reading it. 6y
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Emma-Bookmouse
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Mehso-so

Art: fascinating. Story: supremely weird

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KafkaKitten
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Pickpick

I just used my dye-sinking-in time at the hairdresser's to finish up this gem of a graphic novel. Its simple, Burtonesque illustrations and unique story fit so well together. Kernels of wisdom like the one above are peppered throughout. It's a lot of fun and a quick read while still giving you so much to think about. Read it!

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KafkaKitten
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Finally, a moment to read! I had to bail on the Backman book I was reading for now because I haven't had time to read even a page in over a week. 😭 I'm starting up this graphic novel because it's fun and light and I am drowning in work and housework and literally all of the stress ever 😩

LiteraryinLawrence I hope you can dig out of the stress soon! 6y
KafkaKitten @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I'm working on it 😊 6y
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BooksForYears
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#SeptPhotoChallenge Day 28 - Maps in Books

Two of my favorite books have maps in them. The map in GIGANTIC BEARD is within the graphic novel itself, and the map from THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON is on the endpapers. Both are important to their respective stories. #somethingforsept #maps

Lakesidemusing The Monsters of Templeton was my choice today, too!😊 6y
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MMenefee
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"And with change, came fear. And with fear, came blame. Soon everyone had their very own name ... for the dread. And, ultimately, what is the act of naming, but a special kind ... of tidying away?" I read this last night, and that last sentence has been in my head all day.

Mamashep My son LOVED this book. 6y
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BekahB
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After reading for about 4 hours last night, I was able to complete one book and jump into a new one. I read about 20 pages of The Gigantic Beard before I crashed for the night. Of course a dinner of pizza and beer was probably the wrong choice for food to help me stay energized for the #24in48 readathon 🍕🍺 I'm starting off my morning with a breakfast sandwich and coffee while I continue this graphic novel. 😄

[DELETED] 3323341091 i strolled down to the library this morning and checked this out! 6y
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Howardsimmons
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Pickpick

Felt a little uneven in plotting, but once it got going was very funny and melancholy.

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Mamashep
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Friend loaned me this one for my son to read. I haven't read a graphic novel in a while. Should I read this before I pass it on?

RealLifeReading Haven't read it yet but definitely want to! 6y
ForestAvenuePress I've admired this book but haven't read it--and neither has my graphic novel obsessed kiddo. Maybe it's time! 6y
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Bookrarian
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This is how I feel during the summer reading program.

Home after 9pm again. Started cleaning house, but gave up on tidiness. This book fit my mood perfectly.

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TheMirandaWrites
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Hilarious and quirky, it seemed-to me at least-vaguely reminiscent of the weird style Vonnegut employed for all of his works.