Thursday, May 1, 2014

Frazz by Jef Mallett


A strip about an elementary school in Ohio. Among the characters are the school janitor, a brilliant third-grader, and a grumpy, older teacher. The janitor, Frazz, is an ally to and advocate for the children of the school, particularly brilliant Caulfield, whose precocious nature and boredom at school often turn into pranks pulled on his grumpy teacher Mrs. Olsen. The characters make puns, literary references, philosophical queries, and messes as they explore the world around them and the people in it.This strip does not talk down to readers, and treats children as people in their own right. It available online at

Appeal: Puns, literary references, child-related humor, humor that can be enjoyed on many levels, all ages.

Art: Cartoony, sketchy.

Textual style: Wit, repartee, word play.

Other: Jef Mallett is a bicyling and triathlon enthusiast like Frazz. The strip often references his heroes, such as Bill Bryson and Bill Watterson.

Awards: 2003 and 2005 Wilbur Award for Promoting Ethics and Positive Values.

Mallett, Jef. Frazz: Live From Bryson Elementary. Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel, 2005. Print.

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