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Calvin & Hobbes Books, Tenth Anniversary Book Paperback – September 5, 1995
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Now that Bill Watterson has retired from drawing syndicated cartoons, the only way to get our Calvin and Hobbes fixes is through his book collections. The 10th Anniversary Book is particularly notable, because in addition to getting some of his most wonderful cartoons, we also gain a sense of Watterson as a person.
Approximately one-tenth of the book contains essays about matters great and small--from cartooning to life--and stories about the inspiration behind some of his greatest strips. Not surprisingly, Watterson shines through as a being of considerable integrity, and the cartoons gain in depth thanks to his commentary. And, of course, the cartoons in the other 90% of the book are alternately side-splitting hilarious or touching. Happy Anniversary, Bill, and good luck with whatever it is you are doing now!
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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 1995.
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I will say, the Kindle version (Only works in the app or on a fire tablet) is stunning. It is easy to navigate and crystal clear. Very well done. Get this for your kids. Let them read and learn to use their imagination. Put that tablet to good use.
The content of this book is great, but you didn't come here to find out what people think of Calvin & Hobbes. So this review is more about the Kindle edition.
There are three problems with it. First, it won't work on e-ink Kindles. Yes, it says so right on the description. But it's disappointing even so. I have five other Calvin & Hobbes books that all work fine on my e-ink Kindle; why not this one? There certainly is no apparent advantage to it, on tablets, compared to the Calvin & Hobbes books that do work on e-ink Kindles.
Second, the default display size is quite small, and even if you enlarge it, it returns to that default size each time you turn a page. On my 8" tablet, the dailies display at about 6" diagonally, and the Sundays display even smaller. Using a ruler to measure height and width of both the comic display size and the tablet's maximum display size, the Sundays are using LESS THAN 55% OF THE AVAILABLE SPACE. That's annoying.
Third is a very small complaint. The Calvin & Hobbes Kindle editions that do work on e-ink Kindles have a larger display size but I still like to enlarge them to use the whole screen to view the Sundays. On those other books, it's quick and easy to enlarge to the max size. But on this one, the image floats around, so it takes more finesse and time to get it right. The others only float around like that if you double-click to zoom in. When zoomed in like that, it's necessary to be able to float it around to see all of it. But when just enlarging the default view by spreading two fingers, it makes no sense for it to float around, and is just annoying.
Aside from all that, this Kindle edition works fine. I'm viewing it on an old 8" Dell Android tablet running KitKat (4.4.2).
The book itself is quality and well worth the price. My son gives most books a good workout and this one holds together quite well. The binding is solid and the paperback cover has held up very well.
I bought all three (Essential, Indispensable, and Authoritative) for my Kindle-on-iPad. The strips are clear enough and I do enjoy them, but they do not fill the iPad screen and, amazingly, you CANNOT adjust the reader to eliminate the useless letter-boxing on all four sides. I have at least a one inch border on all four sides of the screen, wasting considerable screen space. As a result, the art and fonts are small and unnecessarily difficult to read.
I don't regret my purchase and I do love C&H and having it on my Kindle (iPad). But the porting to Kindle was poorly done and detracts from what should and could have been a 5 star experience.