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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: The Smurfs Graphic Novels (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597072362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597072366
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Considered a legend in the comics world, Yvan Delporte was a writer often credited with helping to usher in the “Golden Age” of Franco-Belgian comics. Best known for his work on “Smurfs,” Delporte also served as Editor-In-Chief for the comics magazine “Spirou,” helping to create the memorable comics character “Gaston Lagaffe.”

Peyo created The Smurfs in his comic strip “Johan and Peewit”. Peyo wrote and drew over 8 extremely popular titles in Europe throughout his storied career. In 2008 the country of Belgium celebrated what would have been his 80th birthday by issuing a 5 Euro coin featuring his creation, The Smurfs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This fourth collection of the original Smurf comics features two tales, "The Smurfette" and "The Hungry Smurfs". Life is going well in the Smurf village. The Smurf's arch nemesis, Gargamel, is determined to get his revenge on the Smurfs and creates a female Smurf, the Smurfette. Gargamel is sure Smurfette will cause discord in the happy Smurf village and ultimately lead to their destruction. One of the Smurfs finds Smurfette alone and lost in the woods and brings her to the Smurf village. Smurfette originally has black hair and plain clothes. When the Smurfs become tired of her nagging and purposely begin hurting her feelings, Papa Smurf gives her a Smurf makeover. With blonde hair and lovely clothes, she becomes the love interest of almost every Smurf in the village. Her vain actions almost destroy the village and when it's learned Smurfette comes from Gargamel, a trial is held to decide her fate.

"The Hunger Smurfs" is a shorter tale. After the Smurfs winter storehouse is destroyed in a fire, Papa Smurf is forced to lead the Smurfs across the country in search of food. Their journey brings them to a decrepit castle. No one seems to live there anymore, but the castle is actually the home of a giant who is surprised to see the Smurfs. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, does the giant help end the Smurfs hunger or do some of the Smurfs end the poor giant's hunger?

THE SMURFETTE is easy to read. It's a lighthearted book that brings back happy memories from my childhood of watching the Smurfs on tv. The stories are vividly illustrated and can be read without needing to actually read the words. The tale of "The Smurfette" is one of my favorites from the Smurfs. This makes a great book for adults from the 1980s who grow up on THE SMURFS. They'll enjoy it for themselves or reading it with their kids. I also recommend THE PURPLE SMURFS as a way to introduce children to the Smurfs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brynjolfur Erlingsson on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just writing this in response to the person complaining about stereotyping: There was stereotyping in nearly everything made before 1985! Get over it. This is a great book, just like all the other Smurf books. It's not my favorite though (that honor goes to the genius that is The Smurf King) but it's still a bonafide classic.

The basic gist of the story seems to have completely gone over your head...Smurfette wasn't a better person at all after she became pretty...also she was "programmed" to seduce the Smurfs by Gargamel and therefore couldn't help it.

Most of all the story makes fun of the idiocy of men in their Alpha male contest over women.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Reasonable Man on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I wholly agree with those raising objections to this book. I began reading this last night to my young daughter. I was actually fairly bothered by the author's account of the recipe to create a female and the character's later negatively stereotypical actions.

Let me be quite clear: I am not the type of person who goes around looking for every single slightly politically-incorrect idea to criticize. I am usually quite happy to laugh-off most relatively benign missteps in popular culture. This book is not of that sort. It introduces young girls to some fairly extreme rhetoric, and I immediately stopped reading it to my daughter.

And, if you have any doubt as to the author's intent, the "recipe" I note above comes replete with a footnote attempting to disavow responsibility for the caustic description, blaming it instead on the "original recipe" found in some fictitious spells book. Clearly, the author even recognizes the overtly misogynistic nature of the recipe and attempts to cover his tracks.

Every parent has his or her own comfort level with these issues, and I certainly respect others' right to come to a conclusion that differs from mine. Nonetheless, my daughter will not be reading this book.
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Peyo's work is usually whimsical fun, but the sexism in the main story in this volume is kind of tough to read in the 21st century. The backup stories are better!
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By Barbara Boyter Macauley on October 11, 2013
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I purchased this for my Grandchild. He loved it. The movie peaked his interest in the Smurfs that his Mother enjoyed as a child. Good clean viewing.
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