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Product Details

  • Series: Calvin and Hobbes Collection
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Printing edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836221362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836221367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most popular and well-regarded cartoon strips of the twentieth century. Calvin and Hobbes appeared in newspapers from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in 1996.

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Bill Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most popular and well-regarded cartoon strips of the twentieth century. Calvin and Hobbes appeared in newspapers from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in 1996.

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I bought this book for my son and he loves it.
Travis C. Jockumsen
With the purchase of this collection all the sunday comics are colored!
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I think it's the way many of us would like to be.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "spriggan2" on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For over a decade, Calvin and Hobbes was a part of our families. We came to know Calvin and his suave stuffed tiger, Hobbes. We shared in his divine 'love' for his mother's cooking. We got the warm fuzzies as he and Susie Derkins played out their young romance through insults and secret G.R.O.S.S. meetings. We laughed at Calvin's vivid imagination through installments of Tracer Bullet, Stupendous Man, and the incomparable Spaceman Spiff (zounds!). And we cried and smiled through tears as Calvin learned the value of life and the pricelessness of a true friend. Calvin and Hobbes encapsulates every special moment of childhood, and can melt away the hard shell of even the most jaded and bitter individual. This comic strip is a celebration of life, and while it saddens me to realize that I'll never be able to share future adventures with them, I can always go back and relive those past moments again trough wonderful collections such as this. Since this book is the final collection, you owe it to yourself to own it in hardcover form. I can't recommend this book (or any of the others) enough. If there's a child somewhere in your soul, all of these books are absolutely essential.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bill Watterson's creation of Calvin and Hobbes is for my taste the ultimate adult comic strip; six year old Calvin, his stuffed tiger Hobbes, and his extensive and witty vocabulary, can be laugh-out-loud hilarious.
In this large, softcover book, you get all the usual suspects: The dreaded Miss Wormwood, Calvin's schoolteacher, who has to put up with his imaginitive but lame excuses, snowball fights with Susie, Spaceman Spiff, who gets stranded on distant planets, and of course, his stressed out parents.
Other characters include two marvelous one-eyed aliens, Galaxoid and Nebular, who buy the earth from Calvin for 50 leaves, but when it snows, claim they were overcharged, and demand that Calvin bring the planet up to code, and Calvin's musings on whether there is an Evil Santa, who gives to the bad girls and boys "the dangerous, annoying, and corrupting toys your parents won't allow", and best of all, when he decides to be a Suburban Post-Modernist artist, and claims that "art isn't about ideas, it's about style".
Hobbes is my favorite cartoon animal, drawn as a stuffed toy when seen from non-Calvin eyes, but a wise and playfull being in Calvin's magical world. There's a lot of love between them, and the hug on the back cover of this book says it all. Calvin and Hobbes will appeal to the rebel in us all, provide numerous laughs, and warm our hearts on cold days.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the final collection of comics from CALVIN AND HOBBES, arguably my favorite comic strip of all times. Cartoonist Bill Watterson chose to retire before he drained all the magic out of his characters. While I'm disappointed, that is probably wise since this collection shows he was still at the top of his game.

Calvin can make an adventure out of everything, whether it's having Susie over for an afternoon (a great day for GROSS), trying to get out of school, playing Calvinball with Rosalyn, or putting off a leaf collection project until the very last night, his antics are sure to make you laugh. The genius of the strip is that we're often laughing at ourselves. Hobbes's comments are often funny and true, and watch out for the Chewing magazine strips. They hit a little too close to home.

This strip got better as it went along, and there is some classic stuff here. It's a little bitter sweet reading the last few knowing it's the end. And I still want to know what the noodles incident was.

While there are some strips out there I enjoy, I still miss this great strip. If you somehow managed to miss it, pick up any book today. It's guaranteed to have you laughing in no time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is another outstanding collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that are, as always, humorous as well as being little works of art on their own. When you come to the end, however, there's that sad feeling of knowing that its the end of the line as far as the strip is concerned. The same drive that made Bill Watterson perhaps the most brilliant cartoonist ever caused him to pull the plug on his beloved creations when he thought that he had given it all he could give. It is a rare thing for anyone in the entertainment business to know when to call it quits. Perhaps, instead of being sad, we should say, "hats off."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on May 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the several reasons for Bill Watterson's departure from Calvin and Hobbes is that he wanted to pursue his craft in watercolor. It makes so much sense: just look at some of the background art in this collection and you can see it. (Actually, look at the background cover art, and it looks like Japanese watercolor.) Whatever his pursuits today, Watterson has left us a decade's worth of joy. This collection is just one of several. It doesn't really matter which one you pick up: you will always be guaranteed a few hours' worth of laughter and even a couple of warm tears.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Okay, okay, so I'm prejudiced. I knew I would love this book before I read it. What's not to like? Calvin is the quintessential smart-aleck, while at the same time maintaining an innocence that is completely endearing. Whether we identify with Calvin the child or Calvin the child within us, he makes us feel...well, NORMAL. Calvin's quirks are our quirks.

Not content to merely AMUSE us, Bill Watterson ENTERTAINS us. Calvin and his family (including, of course, Hobbes) are multi-faceted characters who stir up emotions and explore the angst of being a kid in a grown-up world. (And, for that matter, being a grown-up in a grown-up world!) Whew! What a task! And Bill Watterson does it superbly.
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