In 2008, Johnston made an unprecedented move within the cartooning community by deciding to use former plotlines as starting points for new ones. To this end, Something Old, Something New features storylines from the strip's first two cartoon collections - I've Got the One-More-Washload Blues . . . , Is This "One of Those Days," Daddy?, and the Sundays-only collection book More Than a Month of Sundays - with entirely new cartoons and full-color Sunday strips.
Follow John and Elly back to where it all began as Michael prepares for kindergarten, Elly returns to school, the family adopts Farley, Elizabeth grows from baby to toddler, and Elly can do nothing to treat John's hopelessly incurable fashion sense.