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Something Under the Bed Is Drooling Paperback – January 1, 1988
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A number of recurring C&H storylines and motifs are part of this collection: Calvin's ongoing battle against no-nonsense babysitter Rosalyn; Calvin's curious love-hate relationship with a little girl named Susie; Calvin's role as a grammar school underachiever. There are many other amusing storylines: Calvin trying to learn to ride a bicycle; his learning to appreciate classical music; etc.
But my favorite storylines are the sort of science fictionish plots where Calvin's imagination runs wild: Calvin turning himself invisible; his becoming "immune to the force of gravity"; his shrinking to insect size; etc. Probably the funniest of these out-there plots involves Calvin's "transmogrifier," a device worthy of any mad scientist. Hobbes is always along for each mishap, offering moral support and wry commentary.
C&H could be read as a satire on education, culture, politics, and literature. Calvin is a classic comic strip character. At times very much like a real little boy, at times like an adult philosopher trapped in a child's body, he's a consistently engaging figure, and is perfectly complemented by Hobbes. And although the accent in this book is on humor, there is an unexpectedly poignant storyline in which Calvin comes to the aid of an injured baby raccoon.
At one point in the collection Calvin declares "I try to make everyone's day a little more surreal." Thanks to his creator Watterson, he succeeds brilliantly.
Calvin is the eternal Child/Id within us all, and Hobbes is his stuffed tiger / best friend / faithful companion in arms come-to-life ... and together they swashbuckle their way through a childhood world populated with drooling monsters of the imagination, screaming ray-guns, carboard boxes turned magical transmogrifiers, and giant tut-tutting adults who are forever dragging us back from our revels by the ear, in order to make us wipe our feet, bathe, eat, do our homework, and go to bed on time.
By laughing at Calvin & Hobbes, we get to vicariously relive some of our own carefree childhoods exploits ... exploits which echo in our adult lives, because (looks both ways) we never actually grew up. Only our bodies did.
As regards the book, in general, it describes the various escapades and adventures of a 6 year old Hyperactive Calvin and his stuffed pet' tiger, Hobbes, who comes to life in Calvin's eyes and noone else's.
I DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a great laugh. This definitely rates as an all-time classic, and I wish i was able to give it more then a mere 5 STARS!!!
Five stars, easy.
"Something Under the Bed is Drooling" is a collection of earlier Calvin and Hobbes stips. The old ones are the best, I think. Every page is guarenteed to make you laugh. The book is hillarious, and is fun to watch Calvin in action as he takes on his grumpy teacher, monsters, the deranged babysitter, the girl from next store, and of course, his aggravated parents. One of the funniest strips in the book is when Calvin is writing on a sheet of paper and Hobbes asks him what he is doing. Calvin tells him that he is writing his autobiography. Hobbes is confused and tells him that he's only six. Calvin simply answers, "I only have one sheet of paper."
With great comics like Calvin and Hobbes, no one is too old to enjoy them. I say buy them all while you still can. They're great to read over and over again.
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Book in good quality as said. Kids love them. We are adding to the collection.Published 1 month ago by Yassin
Another brilliant book of laughs and daydreaming adventures! It takes me back to my childhood with my own daydream experiences.Published 2 months ago by David
I've had this book since college (1988) and back then, when stressed out with exams, I would crack it open and read and re-read the classic strips. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Wami
So funny, so brilliant and absolutely timeless. Thank you Mr Watterson.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
bought for my 5 year old grandson, hope to read this to him and maybe he will fall in love with calvin and hobbes like i have!Published 6 months ago by aycarm