A hilarious diary presents a zany chronicle of a year in the life of Mr. Bean, from his New Year's resolutions to the trials and tribulations of romance, poetry class, and run-ins with the local police.
*This review is based on my 1993 edition of this book. A second edition was released in 2010
First published in the UK in 1993, Mr. Bean's Diary is the result of teamwork between Robin Driscoll (British actor / writer for the Mr. Bean show) and Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson. Here, fans of the show will get a peek into Bean's daily scheduler, which offers hilarious insight into his wacky psyche (not to mention his wild inventions!).
Sometimes there's some cutesy humor -- Bean having a brief flirtation with the idea of marriage, so he decides to stalk a librarian who catches his eye. Then there's a darker vein of humor, almost in the style of the Ace Ventura "LACES OUT!" bit. There's also some trouble with the police thrown in. One of my favorites was Bean's trip to a psychic medium, where he tries to connect with his mother to ask her where the plunger is so he can unclog the sink (funny, but in a way also rings a little sad). He also mentions posing a question to Charles Dickens regarding his novel Edwin Drood, to which the apparent reply was "Haven't made up my mind yet." :-P Longtime fans of the show will also see plenty of nods to classic content, such as Bean's love of Shirley Bassey and of course regularly avoiding interaction with the landlord Mrs. Wicket.
The attention to detail on each individual page is quite impressive. It's fun to spot things such as tea stains, blood splatters, passport photos of the back of Bean's head LOL, pressed insects. There's even one page layout that features a pressed flower on one side with faint flower residue on the other!
Some of my favorite entries:
* His telephone directory in the front: "God -- Everywhere (Literally, apparently)"
* Has a bad day, writes "Whiskey is lovely" in squiggly, run-off cursive.
* Jan. 19th: "12:15 Lunch in park. 12:25 Left park (too much poo)"
* Feb 15-23 blank entries, Feb 24th "FOUND DIARY!"
* July 27th: "Scream ---> Pull Self Together"
* "Christmas Day, 1992: "3pm -- The Queen"
Also be sure to check out the bonus flip book in the upper right hand corner featuring Bean's car!