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

Bee Dee

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

Philadelphia Tee-roy

Mcgruder classic


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.

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.


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.


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.


So this is kept in the Children's section at my public library. At first I thought "what is this doing here?" because I've seen the cartoon which is rated TV-MA or whatever. The humour is pretty similar but the striking difference is that while in the TV series they say the n-word in pretty much every episode, there's no "bad words" in the comic strip, except for the occasional exclamation which is totally bleeped out.I don't see a problem with kids reading this. Some of Huey's ideas might go over the heads of kids who aren't looking for an intellectual experience, I'd say it's good for pretty much all ages. Aaron McGruder is hilarious.


Free Jolly Jenkins!

Ja'nysha Mccall

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


I laughed out loud more times than I can count and laughter is good for the body and the mind. Aaron McGruder is spot on in so many of these strips.

Kiara Quinlan

this is so

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.


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.


Loved it! Just as good as the television show.


McGruder's a smart guy!

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