1. She doesn’t care what kind of books they are, all she wants is a

    type size she can read.

  2. Mother Goose is (badly) mis-interpreting the question in the second panel as “what does large print mean?” rather than “what specific large print books do you want?”. Mother Goose responds with a fourth-wall breaking answer that actually shows the large print that she wants.

  3. My first thought was “larger PRINT books” — e.g., physical, hard-copy *printed*books, instead of all those electronic foofraws that libraries insist on spending increasingly large amounts of perfectly good money on — but I guess if that was intended the word “PRINT” would have been much larger and more emphatic, so no. (No doubt I was projecting my own opinions on those of Ms. Goose, anyway.)

  4. I guess by the weird phrasing “larger” what she is doing is saying when asked “we have large print books. What sort of books do you want” she is being argumentative and say “larger print than the ones you’ve got”.

    … which makes her an argumentative jerk. Why ask if they have large print books if you are set to argue no matter what the answer.

    I think the joke is simply in answering what sort of books (subject) she wants she answers what sort of books (physically) she wants. But this could be told better. What is premise of her being so literal? Is it because she’s dim-witted; is it because she is being witty; or sarcastic; or because she is an argumentative jerk.

    Going for the argumentative jerk is the worst choice. Although to be fair, none of them are very funny.

  5. I think the comments thus far just bring us back to B.A.’s original observation. There are a few ways to interpret what’s happening. It’s hard to tell which is most plausible, though, because none of them quite make sense, and none of them “add up to a punchline.”

  6. The unspoken question is “where are your large print books?” (they’re all in one place, on the oversized shelves with the other oversized books). Instead of providing this information, the librarian gives a reply which is both uninformative and snoopy (like a cashier asking your ZIP Code). Third panel is saying “I can browse without your further assistance if you tell me where the shelf is located.” Punch line, maybe not.

  7. Large-print books are really great if your eye doctor is near the library and you need something to do while waiting for your pupils to un-dilate so you can drive home.

  8. billybob: is it snoopy? I tend to think there might be large print books in more than one part of the library.

  9. The librarian didn’t catch what Ms. Goose said, so Ms. Goose spoke to her in a louder voice. We know that she spoke louder the second time because the print is larger.

    The joke is that just as larger print helps the visually impaired to read, in a comic strip it helps the hearing impaired.

  10. From Librarian

    FYI, our large, print books are indeed found throughout the library – even in the children’s room where picture books are not only large, but have large print. Honestly, I would have said just about the same to a similar question, but started with the location of the books with large type print for adults.

  11. I read it Ma Goose is looking for the books with the largest font size she can find. Standard “large print” wasn’t large enough for her.

  12. I found that using an ereader (iPad Mini in my case) was great for that situation. You can adjust the font to very large as needed. The one I use results in about a 10x increase in page count. And you don’t need large print versions of the book, just ebook.

  13. Since his cataract surgeries some 15 years ago Robert has trouble seeing to read print. He has never been comfortable using even sunglasses and the readers are a problem for him. He manages to do so, but is not vain and will get large print books when he can.

    Yes, ebooks can be made to have larger print, but there is something about a real, printed, paper book that is missing from ebooks (including being able to keep reading them when there is no electricity for days and days – even a week or more – one can walk outside in the sunshine and read a book, but ebooks involving recharging.

    Last week – the day after we got our new refrigerator straightened out after a week and a half without a properly working refrigerator – my computer monitor died. It was an analog monitor which came with the last computer we bought back in the 1990s. Our major problem (other than crazy Meryl wanting her old monitor back) is that the new monitor has to be 18 inches or less across to fit on my computer desk next to my tower computer – or we have to rearrange half the office to move the computer elsewhere. Robert had been looking and we walked into Walmart to buy a monitor he had found there, but we found a slightly smaller one – which fills the space exactly – for $60. I hate it.

    He then ordered the monitor he thinks I will like, It can be turned on its stand to vertical, page shape. That may solve several problems and cut down on my printing things out. When I have to read something – such as an IRS publication – I hate paging up and down the page to read it, so I print it out. IRS pubs especially – they are 3 columns and by the time I page to the top of the next column, I forget what I just read at the bottom of the first one. Now I should be able to see the entire page and read it online. I am sure I will hate it anyway.

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