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The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Paperback – June 1, 1992
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This book starts out with Calvin praying for snow so he can engage in one of his favorite hobbies: sledding, and then his other favorite hobby, throwing snowballs at Susie. Aside from the snowman exhibition, this book is a must-have since it covers the founding of C&H's GROSS (the Get Rid of Slimy girlS club). This also has the hilarious series about the time Calvin's personal gravity polarity reversed, and the episode when the Transmogrifier becomes the Duplicator.
Note that there are two series of C&H collections: individual wide-format albums, each covering an entire year of strips (will call it "regular"), and the vertical aspect ratio "treasury series" which covers selected comics from two regular C&H books. Note that C&H ran for a year in newspapers, so there's 10 regular books and 5 treasury books. Though the cartoons are slightly smaller in the treasury collection, each treasury book is far thicker and contains more strips than a regular book, and is furthermore less expensive, so treasury books are a real bargain. "The Indispensable Calvin & Hobbes" belongs to the Treasury collection, and was first released in 1992.
My review is in regard to the Kindle version, which is quirky, buggy, and operates unlike any other eBook on my Kindles.
First of all, this eBook CANNOT (for some inexplicable reason) be downloaded to Apple products other than the iPad. So the iPhone and Kindle for Mac apps are excluded. This is truly Kindle device only (with the minor exception of Kindle for Windows, which is surprising given that it's not available for the Mac computer format).
That means a couple of things:
1. All of your devices will not be able to view this download. No iPhone or Mac viewing. If you do a lot of reading using your Kindle app on those devices (standing in line at the DMV or in a doctor's office, for example) forget about Calvin and Hobbes; you won't be able to read it, and
2. You're stuck, for the most part, reading this eBook on Paperwhite and Kindle devices, such as my Fire HD - and therein lies most of the issues I have with this eBook.
On my Paperwhite, when I want to increase the size of the panels, I do so NOT by double tapping (as the instructions say), but by moving my finger tips in an outward motion, like I would to increase the point size of the font.
Then, the comic strip page slides over the surface of my eReader, like it's not anchored down. Sort of like what you experience using Google maps or Mapquest, the image you touch with your finger or with the cursor moves and slides. To get out of that moving-panel situation, I need to click on an X in a square.Read more ›
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I love Calvin and Hobbs! Calvin is so much like living with my little brother growing up. And also my youngest daughter had a "secret friend" for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce O Bambrook
So funny! Makes me laugh out loud, which is something I need and don't do enough of. I read it a bit at a time, and can read episodes over and over and still laugh! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Synergy
(This review is for the Kindle edition.)
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