The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspaper

ISBN: 0740706098
ISBN 13: 9780740706097
By: Aaron McGruder

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About this book

The Boondocks took the syndication world by storm. The notoriety landed Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder in publications ranging from Time magazine to People magazine which named him one of the "25 Most Intriguing People of '99." Centered around the experiences of two young African-American boys, Huey and Riley, who move from inner-city Chicago to the suburbs (or the "boondocks" to them), the strip fuses hip-hop sensibilities with Japanese anime-style drawings and a candid discussion of race. In this first collection of Boondocks cartoons, you'll discover the funny yet revealing combination of superb art and envelope-pushing content in one of the most unique strips ever.

Reader's Thoughts

Ja'nysha Mccall

I love it it's very interesting I want to keep reading


The boondocks is a show and comic that simply tells the world exactly what everyone is thinking but too afraid to talk about outside their own home.


The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read the Newspaper is a satirical comedy in comic book form. It follows a young, political radical named Huey Freeman and his brother Riley, who have just moved from inner-city Chicago to an upscale suburban community with their grandfather. Huey and Riley cope with never being outside the city, much less surrounded by white people who are equally as ignorant to the Freeman's "blackness." They befriend a biracial girl named Jazmine, who is also new to the neighborhood and struggles with her racial identity (which Huey takes upon himself to tell her that she is just as black as he is.) The brothers terrorize the neighborhood with delinquent acts of vandalism and the spreading of Huey's black nationalist banter for the sake of not losing their hard, inner-city identity.

Kiara Quinlan

this is so

Hannah Givens

Surprised how much I enjoyed this. Cute and funny and on point.


Loved it! Just as good as the television show.


Free Jolly Jenkins!

Daniel Belay

The Boondocks cleverly packs in social commentary, laughs, and a great storyline seamlessly. It's one of those books that will have you laughing even while discussing some of the most controversial of topics. Best of all, it allows you to decide who is right for yourself. A must read.

Marsha Altman

Funny, but not really as good as the cartoon show, which is much tighter and more layered in its satire.


This is how I truly enjoy the Boondocks. The story lines on television do cover good topics, but theres nothing like the freedom of print and ink. Theres just nothing like it! Aaron McGruder is a great story teller and historian and uses a very beautiful kaleidoscope of characters to weave his stories. Just read, and laugh, and learn.

Sidik Fofana

SIX WORD REVIEW: A very dangerous cartoon, good sir.


So Funny

Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart)

The Boondocks is one of those creative ideas that have graced multiple broadcasting outlets. There’s the television show, the Sunday comic strip, and the novel. I was first introduced to them in the Sunday papers. I’ll admit I only looked at the pictures, happy that there’s a “brown people” cartoon. (Don’t judge me. Hey, we were all young and oblivious once.) I watched one episode of this television show back when it first aired. It was a big deal at the time in my neighborhood, because very few “all African American” portrayed cartoons were available. I absolutely despised Uncle Ruckus and the repeated use of the N-word. While there are episodes that are hilarious, I can’t help but wonder the morals behind the mockery. Recently a co-worker asked me if I’ve read the novels and offered to lend them to me. I was reluctant at first, but NOW I SEE! There is so much more then what’s on the surface. This installment of the series combines all the segments from the Sunday Paper. The title says it all. I took an African American studies course in High School; and this is reminiscent of that. This author fuses the sociology of black people with comedy 101. He found a way to create a character that’s representation of the most common generalization of personality’s psychological mechanics. It’s funny and sad at the same time. Funny because I can see many people I know depicted in the mannerisms of the fictional characters. It sad because it chastises ALL RACES at the same time; Yet many view this comic as “just a black thing”. The Boondocks is political cartoon tackling issues on religion, social, current events, and self reflection. The brutal harsh comedy may turn people away from the real message, but without the voices and antics, the moral can be found in the novels. I don’t agree with every strip or every episode, but the bold & brave bravado tenacity begs to be recognized. I look forward to reading the next novel; because this is the kind of controversial stuff too frowned upon to air on television.

Donald Zepeda

A fantastic introduction to the series.

Bee Dee

Ha! I love these guys... I especially love the telemarketer revenge scenario!

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