June 19, 1989 12:00 PM

by Maratta & Maratta

Here is an ideal cartoon book for anyone who suspects that power lawn mowers, garbage disposals, electric can openers and their fellow mechanical creatures lead conscious lives, partly devoted to tormenting humanity, partly devoted to suffering. Twins Pete and Kate Maratta (he’s an architect; she’s a cartoonist) suppose such things as a conversation between two parking meters: “The ’78 quarters are fruity, spicy and dry without being bitter.” “But they can’t compare to the ’82s.” A panel captioned “Appliance Fears” shows a paint roller hearing an ominous announcement: “Interstate 95 needs restriping.”

The Marattas’ back-cover blurbs are appropriate. A pair of pliers says, “Gripping!” A sponge says, “Absorbing!” A blender, naturally, equivocates, “I had mixed feelings.” (Topper, paper, $5.95)

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