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

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.

Mateo 709


Bee Dee

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

Donald Zepeda

A fantastic introduction to the series.

Philadelphia Tee-roy

Mcgruder classic

Tama Wise

The comic strip that kicked up so much fuss that it got banned from most newspapers. And all just for keeping it real! Think Peanuts meets the ghetto, and you have the adventures of brothers Riley and Huey, two black kids who move into middle class white America.


So Funny


McGruder's a smart guy!


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.

Christoph Blake

The Boondocks is about the lives of people who live in the little town of Woodcrest. This book features a young intelligent African-American named Huey, his brother Riley, and his grandfather Mr. Freeman. This book also features a young mulatto girl named Jazmine and her parents. This book talks about the personalities the characters. It also talks about the Freeman's living adjustments from Chicago to Woodcrest. The one thing I don't understand about this book is how the book title relates to the books or the characters. Overall, this is a "good read" for kids ages 12+. This age group will understand the book better than younger kids.

Kiara Quinlan

this is so


on the best graphic novel list for teens- created by librarians at DC Public Library in Washington. NOt really a graphic novel, its a publication of the comic strips published in the newspaper. This is the story of two elemenary school boys who move from Chicago's south side to an all white suburb. Think Calvin and Hobbes with social justice themes. It was a great read- not too many social studies themes- would be more useful in an inquires course. There is one great cartoon on pg 94 about world history not being important because it dosn't recognize the contributions of non-europeans- there is another cartoon on pg 95 that deals with Eurocentrism in history class.


I want to live at the corner of Wu-Tang and Buckshot! I like this book the best because there's a lot of Riley Escobar in it. Huey talking about current issues funny, but I liked it better when it was more character-based.

Marsha Altman

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


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