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The Simpsons Guide to Springfield Paperback – October 21, 1998
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About the Author
Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated FOX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics and more than 36 comic compilations, as well as many instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is, like any travel guide, divided up into several sections: Lodging, Dining, Shopping, etc. Along the way are a number of brilliant parodic features. There are essays written by "Simpsons" characters (example: Rev. Lovejoy's guide to worship in Springfield); sidebars with short quotes from many Springfield residents (Dr. Nick Riviera, Martin Prince, and more); another series of sidebars highlighting many of the historic artifacts of Springfield (Jebediah Springfield's prosthetic tongue, the trillion-dollar bill, etc); and much more. From a map of Itchy and Scratchy land to the marquee of the Googolplex, this book is full of glorious detail.
Yes, "the Simpsons" is an entertaining TV show, and this book is a witty and well-constructed tribute to that series. But I think there's something more here. The world of "The Simpsons" is like the world of "Star Trek," J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, or some of the other great fictional universes of human creativity: it is an enormously rich and detailed alternate world with its own inner logic and mythic history. "The Simpsons Guide to Springfield" captures this compelling alternate universe in all its comic glory.
However, it increasingly became evident that this was not a history according to "The Simpsons"; rather, many elements had been embellished or simply made up just for this book. In a way, it's the same kind of anything-for-money cynicism that pervades the show, and one can't help but feeling some admiration for the guile of the author(s). (I could be wrong, but I assume it's written by a staff of writers under Groening's name.)
Purists will have mixed feelings about the book's inventions, especially when they don't match the spirit and the wit of the show. For example, Lisa is relatively absent, her brother seems more like a delinquent than the loveable ten-year-old semi-innocent persona in the show, and the essential qualities of people such as Ned Flanders, Moe, Mr.Read more ›
Attractions are extremely well covered as well with everything from the historical decaying monorail ruins to the Itchy and Scratchy studios. You won't miss out on a thing to see in Springfield if you take this book with you. Seriously you have to buy it. Want to read up on a bit of history to impress the locals? Well you can with this book. There are three pages detailing the founding of Springfield by Jebediah Springfield as well as the history of the two most influential men in Springfield's history, nuclear power tycoon C. Montgomery Burns and America's favourite entertainer Krusty the clown.
This guide also contains a complete listing of Springfield's options for food whether dining or just stopping for ice cream. Nightlife is covered as well with an inside guide by local raver Kirk Van Houten. Those who love shopping will not miss a thing either, every shop is within, in complete detail. Don't know when the best time is to plan your trip well then your in luck. This guide contains every annual event in Springfield from Whacking Day to the Do What You feel Festival. There is also a survival guide at the back. Low quality guides leave this sort of thing out in a hope not to discourage you from visiting thereby you will still purchase their book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My brother and his fiancee got this for me a couple of years ago, and I loved it. It included obscure characters, and the guide was brilliant. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by SideshowJazz1
if you are a fan of the show the Simpsons then this Book will be really cool. this Book will take you on a journey through Springfield. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
The Simpsons Guide to Springfield is an excellent book. The format of the book is simple: You read it as if you were visiting Springfield as a tourist. Read morePublished on August 9, 2003
This book, disguised as a travelogue, is a cute tour of the city of Springfield that works best for seasoned fans of the "Simpsons" TV show. Read morePublished on January 6, 2003 by Blake Petit
Springfield has been one of cartoon animation's most interesting and unique cities. Where else can you visit the Kwik-E-Mart or Springfield Tire Yard? Read morePublished on March 6, 2002
As a huge fan of the simpsons, i got this booking believing it would be entertaining, not for simpsons information. This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. Read morePublished on January 1, 2002
Ten years on TV and you think you know Springfield pretty well, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Filled with genuinely funny material never even hinted at on screen. Read morePublished on June 17, 2001 by R. Riis
This book has a truckload of information, but is only good for the true Simpsons fan. It is set up like a real travel book, and all the places in it have been visited on The... Read morePublished on June 11, 2001 by Michael Scheinman
My review is relative to other Simpsons books, and this book is not as good. For diehard Simpsons fans, I highly recommend: "The Simpsons : A Complete Guide to Our Favorite... Read morePublished on May 22, 2001