Book review: 'Point Your Face at This' will grab attention

By Nathan Sorensen

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, March 22 2013 5:44 p.m. MDT

"POINT YOUR FACE AT THIS," by Demetri Martin, Grand Central Publishing, $12.99, 288 pages (f)

Some authors need pages and pages of text to get a laugh; some can do it with a stick figure.

Perhaps most well-known for his sketch comedy, his 3D crossword puzzles and his comedy album titled "These are Jokes," palindromist and author Demetri Martin was told by some of his fans that the only thing his first book of humor writing, "This is a Book," was missing was some of his unique and clever drawings.

Not one to displease, Martin decided to make his next book, "Point Your Face at This," a collection of only drawings.

This book is real. It's unapologetic. It's witty. It's a grab bag of funny things everyone encounters but not everyone thinks about. At least, not like Martin does.

For example, there's a whole page dedicated to a small, hand-drawn picture of an airplane, with a few clouds for some background and atmosphere. Beneath it a caption reads: "Folks, this is your captain speaking. Please fasten your seat belts securely around your waist. My wife left me this morning and now I'm going to need to vent a little."

In many ways, "Point Your Face at This" is a black-and-white, adult version of Roald Dahl, with some modern Gary Larsen splashed in. It's a hip and trendy comics section of a newspaper, with far fewer ads and far more laughs.

Martin has a history of making people laugh. Drawing from his experiences (pun intended) with "The Daily Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" as well as his own quippy, eccentric humor, New York Times best-selling author Demetri Martin will no doubt get the nation's attention with "Point Your Face at This."

For families, this picture book ought to be kept on the parents' bookshelf and not the shelf with the kids' picture books — some of the pictures include sexual and drug references.

Nathan Sorensen is an editorial assistant at Deseret News. Email: nsorensen@deseretnews.com

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