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The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book Hardcover – September 1, 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! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
No one has captured children's world view and sense of imagination in cartoon strip form as well as Watterson. Nor applied it so strikingly to comment on adult life and attitudes or the general absurdity of the world in which we live... Much will strike a chord and raise a knowing smile at their perception, but above all, they are very, very funny. * MIDWEEK * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Watterson strips Calvin and Hobbes of all the slick packaging we see in the finished treasuries, and opens our eyes to the sloppy, painstaking work of tape, ink, graphite, and correction fluid that become the characters we know. This book shows the art as it actually looks, not as it's published to appear, and we can see the smudges, the eraser marks, the notes to himself, and the corresponding commentary by the most elusive and tantalizing personality in comics.
By approaching the work this way, Watterson reminds us that all along we were responding emotionally to a creation of almost primitive construction, and that something created from the messiness of patience and talent actually meant more to us than plastic-covered, mall-bought, factory-vomited trinkets and McDonald's toys. The book is as valuable for its function in turning us away from this commodity culture as for the delightfulness of its reading content....
My Nephew reads every night for twenty minutes for school, and it used to be difficult to find books that held his interest for very long. Now he loves sitting down with me and reading every night.
The vocabulary in these books are a higher level than what he learns at school, so as we read the words he doesn't know we go over the definitions and proper pronunciation of and even though he is learning (and we all know how kids love that) he has a lot of fun, ha enjoys the cartoon format and loves the humor.
PARENTS, if you are considering using these books as a learning tool be aware that Calvin is not always the best example for other kids, as he hates school, homework, taking baths, being babysat, and anything that his Mom cooks for dinner.