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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews and McMeel Publishing; Later Printing edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836218620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439137492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Yet another Calvin and Hobbes collection compiled from Watterson's daily syndicated comic strip. YAs will enjoy Calvin and Hobbes' triumphs as they outwit Rosalyn the babysitter or discover life on Mars via their intergalactic "little red wagon"; they'll see the daring Spaceman Spiff battle vile alien monsters; and they'll shiver with terror as Calvin the tyrannosaurus rules the late cretaceous period. Every YA patron deserves to be transmogrified.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elise Hoffmann on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm an 8 year old Canadian living in Beijing, China, and I love to read. I really like to read funny books. One of my favourites of all time is Calvin & Hobbes, "Weirdos from Another Planet". I find this book really funny because Calvin's imagination in this one is the wildest ever! The illustrations are a perfect match for the hilarious stories. I enjoyed the main part of this book, the space adventures of Calvin & Hobbes the best. I found them so funny that I couldn't put the book down in bed, and stayed awake very late. This book made me a real fan of Calvin and Hobbes, and now I can't wait to get more! Elise Hoffmann 8 years old, Beijing, China
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Calvin is the kind of child that we all dread when they are a child and would admire and pay money for when they are an adult. His life and the life of his parents are summed up in the cartoon on page 77 when Calvin says, "Golly, I'd hate to have a kid like me." He is destructive, uncooperative, mean to his parents and extremely imaginative. Clearly, if he were to ever grow up, the quality of the entertainment that he would produce would be outstanding.

Fortunately, Calvin and his stuffed Tiger friend Hobbs are cartoon characters so they don't have to grow up. Cartoonist Watterson can keep them this age as long as he wants so that we can continue to be entertained by their antics. This collection of cartoons is funny, imaginative and is an exaggerated view of the life of a child. There is no question in my mind that Watterson was an imaginative child and probably got in a lot of serious trouble during that time. We should be grateful for that, as he grew up to be an outstanding cartoonist and this book is an existence proof of that.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title of the book represents a truly classic series of strips in which Calvin first uses his cardboard box as a space ship to travel to Mars. What he finds is that the "Weirdos from Another Planet" are him and Hobbes! This is another first rate collection from the strip that was THE highlight of the comics page during its newspaper run. Bill Waterson's genius has been sorely missed ever since he decided to retire. This is another fine collection in an outstanding series of books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilfong on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
You can always depend on Bill Watterson and his brilliant creations Calvin and Hobbes, and in the collection "Weirdos From Another Planet!" Watterson does not disappoint.
This collection has many strips that deal with Calvin's numerous unnamed alter egos, many of them very simple creations (not "characters" like Spaceman Spiff or his noir detective) but rather Calvin imagining certain professions as himself. Examples from the text include his being a pilot, an archeologist, etc.
"WFAP" also introduces us to Spaceman Spiff, as we get to see his first strip and learn of his origins as one of Calvin's alter egos.
The title of the collection comes from a prolonged strip that is about a trip Calvin and Hobbes take to Mars. The trip is undertaken because Earth is too polluted and Calvin is disgusted with humanity's treatment of the planet. The title of the collection cleverly alludes to Calvin and Hobbes, not the Martians, and Watterson raises a very interesting point with how he concludes this particular storyline.
As usual with a Calvin and Hobbes collection I found myself laughing and thinking at the same time. I enjoy when that happens! I can always count on Calvin and Hobbes to make me laugh, and to tease my brain cells a little. I love them, and these collections, for that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book! There are lots of things in this story I love like when Calvin becomes a tiger, when he ruins the bathroom trying to fix a faucet,getting lost at a zoo, and going to Mars just to get away from all the pollution on Earth. This was one of the best books I've read. If you love Calvin and Hobbes, BUY THIS BOOK!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on January 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Okay, so Calvin is one kid that no one would ever want to try to raise, and Hobbes is one (stuffed) tiger that no one would ever want to mess with. But these two always have their fun, and they sure do have a hell of a lot of adventures (most with Calvin's parents): camping, going to the zoo, digging for dinosaur bones, going to Mars, being lifted up in the stratosphere by a balloon, fixing the bathroom sink. The list is always endless with this duo. And this is only the fourth installment in the series! And there are tons of philosophical, satirical, ironic, and even slapstick humor all around.

Now, you know a psychologically awkward kid like Calvin would probably never survive in the real world (watch the skit on "Robot Chicken" and you'll see why). But then of course, Calvin's vivid imagination is what makes these comics so great to read. The entire series is like pizza, it's deliciously excellent.

(I know the last sentence sounds corny, so deal with it)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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This book is so funny!Something new every page and everything funny. You wonder where did he com up with this? it has incidents he probably hd himself and stuff he saw at other house or was told about. It seems impossible that this stuff could just pop into his head.
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Is it possible that just 20 years ago that Calvin and Hobbes - - one of the finest comics strips ever created - - was fresh and poignant every day in the paper?

"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us," says Calvin, looking at the chain-sawn stump of a tree, in 'Weirdos from Another Planet' by Bill Watterson. The demise of Calvin and Hobbes is reason enough not to contact Earthlings.

Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau is sometimes still incisive, with the same brilliance in political observations as when it was new and Richard Nixon was newly president. But brilliance is boring after 40 years of repetition. Doonesbury is dated. Nixon is long disgraced, dead and gone.

Calvin remains relevant, because like Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' he dealt with the universal human condition - - - as it applies to small boys and to the grown men they become without ever losing their small-boy outlook on olife.

"Do you believe our destinies are shaped by the stars?" Calvin asks Hobbes.

Ever the logical one, Hobbes replies, "Nah."

Calvin counters with words as relevant today as in 1988, because, "Life's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for your actions."

How do we greet strangers? Calvin went to Mars and, after mugging for the Viking Lander "to blow some circuits at NASA" he met a live Martian. Hobbes thought the Martian must be as scared of them as they are of the Martian. Like many of us when meeting a foreign culture, Calvin explains, "We're just ordinary Earthlings, not weirdos from another plsanet, like HE is.
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