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The Smurfs #1: The Purple Smurfs (The Smurfs Graphic Novels) Paperback – August 31, 2010
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About the Author
PIERRE CULLIFORD, born in Belgium in 1928, was the cartoonist known as Peyo. Peyo began his career working with some of Belgium's most talented cartoonists, including his lifelong writing partner Yvan Delporte. In 1958, The Smurfs made their first appearance and went on to become the world-famous characters we know and love today.
Considered a legend in the comics world, YVAN DELPORTE was a writer often credited with helping to usher in the "Golden Age" of Franco-Belgian comics. Best known for his work on THE SMURFS, Delporte also served as editor-in-chief for the comics magazine "Spirou," helping to create the memorable comics character "Gaston Lagaffe."
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This book also includes two other short smurf stories. In "The Flying Smurf" in which a smurf tries to fly in the most outrageous ways, never giving up. He is very determined for such a small smurf! Will he fly? How much havoc will he cause in the process? Readers are sure to find out and laugh a little at his antics. In "The Smurf and his Neighbors", one little smurf needs his sleep but the other smurfs are not being courteous neighbors. He sets out and finds another home in a peaceful serene area, or is it? Readers are sure to learn a small lesson with this Smurf story.
This graphic novel was light and easy to read with vivid and colorful images. The reader is able to interpret the story through these images and still enjoy the book. In many cases the image is just as important as the words. I felt the use of the term "smurf" was used far to often for me, but I understood that it is the language of the smurfs and that is why it was used. By the end of this novel I understood the "smurf" language without thinking too hard. I was able to insert the English word in place of the word Smurf.
The stories are classic in regards to the cartoons that aired in the 1980's. The novel was a flashback of my childhood and I really enjoyed reading it. They are books I will be able to share with my kids and grandkids someday. I would recommend the novel for readers ages eight and up with a focus on Smurf lovers everywhere.
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Twenty years after the cartoon was cancelled by NBC, the Smurfs are making a major comeback. Part of that comeback is collecting the original 27 Smurfs comics and publishing them in English. I picked up THE PURPLE SMURFS because it is one of THE SMURFS cartoons that I remember most vividly. This collection features the title story as well as two other comics.
In "The Purple Smurfs" one of the smurfs is bitten by a "bzz" fly. The fly turns the friendly and easy-going blue smurf into an angry and raging purple smurf who doesn't smurf at all but "gnaps" instead. This purple smurf bites another smurf and one by one the smurfs fall to the infection like a quarantined population to a virus. Papa Smurf thinks of everything he can to find a cure for the "bzz" bite, but is unsuccessful until he stumbles upon a cure by accident. However, the hopes for a cure are placed in jeopardy when one of the purple smurfs turns himself blue and penetrates the regular smurfs base of operations.
"The Flying Smurf" finds one of the smurfs longing to fly. He goes to all kinds of extremes to fulfill his dream. Along the way he leaves a trail of unhappy smurfs who follow and and nag the air-dreaming smurf with a chorus similar to that of "The House That Jack Built".Read more ›
Despite their innocuous appearance, the Smurfs have been the subject of bizarre rumors. Perceived similarities with the KKK, Leon Trotsky or Maoism have all been duly noted, hopefully mostly tongue-in-cheek. I noticed the Maoist connection long ago. Doesn't the Smurf Village look suspiciously alike to a people's commune during the Great Leap Forward? And yes, they all wear Frygian caps, a sure sign of Illuminati influence. That the wizard Gargamel (the Smurf's perennial adversary) has a cat named after the Angel of Death has lead some people to claim that the entire comic must be Satanist or Satanic.
The only serious criticism I've seen so far is that Gargamel looks like an anti-Semitic stereotype. In fact, his predecessor Monulf from the Johan-et-Pirlouit album “Le Pays Maudit” looks like he's taken straight from Der Stürmer. Another possible ethno-criticism has been creatively forestalled, however. When the story featuring evil black Smurfs was published in the United States, the bad guys had suddenly all turned purple…
“The Purple Smurfs” was the only Smurf comic that actually scared me as a kid. It's essentially a zombie story, arguably the only zombie story adapted for a pre-school audience.Read more ›
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Good clean viewing for young children. This is the second generations for my family. Can't go wrong for little kids.Published on October 11, 2013 by Barbara Boyter Macauley
We wanted a cute Smurf book but this writing was too tiny to read. I would not purchase this again.Published on February 3, 2013 by karol duffy
I perused this at a bookstore because I fondly remember the cartoon of the book's cover title. "GNAP!" The first thing I noticed was the absence of names. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by phnee