Comic Strip to Ask and Look for: The Pajama Diaries

My mother e-mailed to ask if I read a comic called The Pajama Diaries. "A recent strip featured boxes being used by the kids while the actual presents went by the wayside," she said. I’d never heard of it, so I certainly missed the December 25th strip.

TPD’s author, Terri Libenson, was kind enough to e-mail me a copy.

The December 25, 2007 Pajama Diaries comic strip. In the left panel three scenes are shown of two kids playing in cardboard boxes, using them as a vehicle, fort and stair sled. In the right panel the kids are using boxes as a puppet theatre while their father asks his wife: think we can return all the holiday gifts? The wife replies: Without the boxes? Doubtful.

Its message hits at the heart of my Young Children’s Super Fantastic Holiday Gift Guide of Glorious and Ample Proportions, 2007 Edition. Great comic. It would be even better if the parents had bought toys specifically because of the size and shape of the boxes, but I suppose that’s a dad’s perspective.

Libenson told me this particular cartoon was inspired by two incidents in her life:

"I noticed my kids ignored some of their Hanukkah gifts at first (although they’re now warming up to them). Also, we moved last year, and they occasionally make things out of the moving boxes (school desks, forts, etc). So I combined the two ideas because they seemed to mesh well. That happens sometimes…I’ll look through my notes, and suddenly two ideas will seamlessly mold into one cartoon."

The Pajama Diaries is about a work-at-home mother with a husband and two daughters. She has three mommy-friends who represent varying facets of motherhood. One works part-time, another homeschools her kids and the third left a high-profile job to be a stay-at-home-mom.

The name of the strip is derived from the idea that because she works from home, she can work in her pajamas.

The comic’s characters were initially based on Libenson ‘s own life (she has 5- and 7-year-old daughters), but they’ve taken on a life of their own now. Libenson creates the comics on weekdays and writes for American Greetings on weekends.

As a relatively new comic, having launched in 2006, you are invited to ask your local newspaper that it begin carrying The Pajama Diaries.

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3 Responses to “Comic Strip to Ask and Look for: The Pajama Diaries”

  1. Summer says:

    I’m so glad I found this blog I love it! This is such a cute cartoon and so true to life!

    January 4th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

  2. Tiff @ Three Peas in a Pod says:

    I have pictures of my kids playing in the boxes that there gifts were mailed in. LOL! THey played in those things for days!

    January 4th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

  3. Sara says:

    One book we came across at the library is called “Willy and the Cardboard Boxes” by Lizi Boyd. Willy goes to work with his dad and gets to spend the day imagining and creating all kinds of adventures out of cardboard boxes. My son, a few weeks shy of 2, loves it. Also, check out this website
    where you can download patterns to make kid-sized furniture out of cardboard boxes. I have yet to try them but they look awesome.

    January 6th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

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