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Another Chance To Get It Right
A Children's Book for Adults

by Andrew Vachss

Prose/Poetry/Allegory/Parables — Illustrated



Another Chance To Get It Right, a children's book for adults. Written by Andrew Vachss
Dark Horse, February 2003, 3rd Ed., Trade Paperback
E-Book
cover illustration by Geof Darrow

When Another Chance To Get It Right debuted in 1993 on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dark Horse was deluged with phone calls as people tried to find the book. Now, eight years later, Dark Horse is offering this widely-acclaimed book in an updated version, featuring the original 13 stories, poetry, and allegory, in a unique celebration of the potential of parenting. The beautiful illustrations add a dimension to the book that is rarely seen in the parenting genre, making it as much inspirational as it is instructional. The updated edition is 30% larger than the previous editions, with 20 never-before-seen pages of prose and illustrations wrapped in a new cover by Geof Darrow, conceptual designer for the motion pictures The Matrix I, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.

Here's a peak at Geof Darrow's illustrations for the book!
(click the images to enlarge)


To celebrate the release of the updated edition of Another Chance to Get it Right, we're making available a series of T-shirts and sweatshirts—even a mousepad!—featuring Frank Caruso's illustration of Andrew Vachss' "Behavior is the Truth" haiku. This is one of the 20 new pages in the book. Click here for more information.


Excerpted from "COMICS Guide"
by Don Thompson
Originally published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1000, January 15, 1993

The book is called Another Chance To Get It Right and it is a tad difficult to classify. It isn't a novel, it isn't a book for children (though a portion here or there certainly should be made available to children), and it isn't entirely nonfiction. It is primarily an essay, illuminated by vignettes, about children—our greatest resource and our hope for the future—and the horrible things we permit to happen to them. Vachss calls it "A children's book for adults."

Another Chance To Get It Right, a children's book for adults. Written by Andrew Vachss
Dark Horse, 1995 (trade paperback)
cover illustration by Paul Chadwick
Another Chance To Get It Right, a children's book for adults. Written by Andrew Vachss
Dark Horse, 1993 (hardcover)
cover illustration by Geofrey Darrow

The book is packed with vignettes, powerful ones which pack an enormous amount of emotion and importance into a minimum of words. I will quote one in full and describe a couple of others (inadequately) and hope (fervently) that you will buy the book—and educate yourself.

"I saw an infant lying against a tree deep inside a war-torn jungle, too weak to cry. A woman ran past me, covered only with a strip of cloth, a tiny knife in her hand. She stopped, scooped the baby into one arm, and kept running. A blood-bonded adoption, driven by an instinct no war could kill."

Think about that paragraph for a few minutes and realize how much is contained in those 57 words (59 if you count two hyphenates as two words each). It is a complete story as it stands or the opening chapter of an epic novel, without an unnecessary word or phrase. The man is good, no two ways about it.

Other vignettes are varied in length and mood. A boy set upon by bullies drives them away with just a few chilling words. A child's battle against Japanese beetles takes on a larger meaning in the context of this book and Vachss' own chosen career.

And, in a moving and incredibly well done chapter (this is the one you should read aloud to small children), two small boys and their wooden spaceship form an allegory for world peace and brotherhood which does not preach at all, but which gets its message across in an unforgettable way.

Oh, yes—one other thing about Another Chance To Get It Right; It is illustrated by Tim Bradstreet, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Rick Geary, Dave Gibbons, and Warren Pleece. The editor is Jerry Prosser, who does as superb a job on this as he does on Hard Looks.

It's a vital, important book. It's a great book. Don't miss it.


"... filled with a spirit of redemption ... another on-target hit by an author who has made children his primary concern."

People Magazine


"This book is a collection of some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read. Cherished poets have not written with greater sensibility and perception. Each section in this book, each allegory, if you will, is laced with insight and charm and compassionate warning. Each is lovingly illustrated."



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