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The Ralph Wiggum Book (Simpsons Library of Wisdom) Hardcover – October 25, 2005

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Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated FOX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics and more than 36 comic compilations, as well as many instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album.

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Product Details

  • Series: Simpsons Library of Wisdom
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060748206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060748203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of Fox's Emmy Award®-winning series The Simpsons, made television history by bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. The Simpsons is the longest running primetime animated series in television history and is currently the longest-running comedy on television, having aired more than 400 episodes. In July 2007, the highly anticipated feature film The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters with worldwide grosses of more than $525 million to date.

Originally brought to life in 1987 for The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons was Groening's amazing entry into the television animation world. Previously, he was best-known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of love, work, school, life and relationships that currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide and in a multitude of books.

Groening's other Emmy-Award®-winning creation, Futurama, launched on Fox in March 1999 and ran for five seasons. Last year Fox released the direct-to-DVD full-length original feature Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Three additional films will be released and the entire series with new episodes will air on Comedy Central this year.

In 1993, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group, where he serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics, more than 36 comic compilations, as well as instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook, and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album among others!

In addition to the many awards bestowed on his creations (including Emmys, Annies, and the prestigious Peabody Award), Groening was personally honored with the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. To date there are more than 14 million copies of books from HarperCollins in print throughout North America, the UK, and Australia based on The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.

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Format: Hardcover
I read this book in about a half an hour. It includes many aspects of Ralph's life: a school field trip to the Springfield Airport (during which Ralph gets separated from the class and ends up on a plane to Paris), Ralph's top 40 list (includes Lisa Simpson twice and "putting stuff up my nose") and bottom 40 list (includes "the deep end of the sandbox" and "pointy kitties" [rats]). Ralph gives instructions for holiday crafts and gives advice a la Ann Landers. Also included is a progress report written by Ms. Hoover saying that improvement is needed in most areas as he has trouble adding and subtracting numbers above 16, that he "forgets how books work" and mentioned that he once tried to subtract on his hands by attempting to cut off his fingers. Poetry written by Ralph and his many moods are very funny.

There is a story about Wiggle Puppy that Ralph created, which is okay, but overall, it's a great book. Throughout most of the book, I was laughing so hard I was crying.
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Format: Hardcover
The Ralph Wiggum Book is one in a number of different Springfield character books under the broader Simpson's Library of Wisdom collection including Simpson's family characters like The Homer Book, The Bart Book. Frequent characters like Flanders' Book of Faith:, The Book of Moe: as well as minor ones such as Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture make up this ever increasing in volume series.

Ralph would definitely be one of my favourite Springfield characters so naturally this was the first of these I decided to get. No doubt Ralph has the best and funniest lines on the show. However those lines usually come from an observation of other characters actions, where he's a voice in a crowd of comments or where he's interacting with someone. So does a whole book pretty much just about Ralph with only the seldom interaction with other characters work? Well, yes and no.

The book does have funny lines in it and you do get to see more of Ralph's private life so to speak such as his room, backyard, school report card and so on. However a lot of the material in this book is something that is from a one off single episode and the author has now given Ralph this thing as a character trait.
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Ralph is my favorite of the minor characters that appear on "The Simpsons". This book is absolutely hilarious. It really captures the essence of Ralph and his happy-go-lucky, slightly clueless manner of meandering through life.

It's a short book, but it's extremely entertaining and I would definitely recommend it if you like Ralph Wiggum or the Simpsons.
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I bought this book for my girlfriend who is a big Ralph Wiggum fan. When it arrived, I was shocked to see what a thorough exploration of the character it was. I'm not saying it's all canon in terms of the show, as i saw some complaints that there was stuff in this book that wouldn't make sense to the Ralph character (such as his love for Lisa) due to them "breaking up" in a past episode, but come on, that's a hogwash complaint. The whole point of this book is to entertain, and it does so in spades, so it comes highly recommended. And this is coming from a huge 'The Simpsons' fan himself.

Oh, and by the way, my girlfriend loved it, too.
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A humorous book, but I was able to read it in one setting. It was like for a moment, I could see into Ralph's little world. With the tour of Ralph's room, a Wiggle Puppy story written by Ralph, and a look inside Ralph's mind(not that much goes on in there), this book will most certainly please Simpsons fans every time.
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This was by far the best book out of this collection that I have read. It was souly based on the character Ralph, unlike the other instalments. Also this one was the funniest. I wish they had all been this good.
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I really enjoyed this little book, ralph is one pf my favourite characters in the simpsons, and it was about time somebody wrote something as funny as this exclusively for him!
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I bought this book for my son! He absolutely LOVES it. He has taken it to school and let the kids read it. He has already asked for some of the others for Christmas presents.
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