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The Smurfs #1: The Purple Smurfs (The Smurfs Graphic Novels) Paperback – August 31, 2010

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If Belgium’s two most obvious cultural contributions—a style of waffle and The Adventures of Tintin—are to be roundly applauded, what are we to say about the dubious third, the Smurfs? Although adults will be most familiar with the fad and cartoons from the 1980s, kids now have the chance to see the Smurfs in their original comics incarnation, and it turns out they deserve a warm welcome back. In the three Belgian originals reprinted here, the chubby, blue Hobbit-like creatures battle an outbreak of purple that turns Smurfs mean, try to invent a way to fly, and go on a frustrating hunt for a little solitude, always watched over by the smart but tough-as-nails Papa Smurf. More than a touch reminiscent of the current Sticky Burr books, these clever, entertaining stories featuring simple, charming art and a low-key message of community will prove a guilt-free recommendation for kids seeking lighthearted adventure. Just the same, you’ll want to brace for the onslaught of marketing that will no doubt pave the way for the upcoming film. Grades 1-4. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: The Smurfs Graphic Novels (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597072060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597072069
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a translation of the original story "The Black Smurfs", which I have a German copy of when my sister Vicky went to Germany back in the 1980s. However, the black Smurfs have been changed to purple like in the cartoon episode on TV. Smurfette isn't present in this story, but then she wasn't present in most published comic book stories up until the 1980s. It also contains "The Flying Smurf", which parts of it were put into the cartoon episode version of "The Astro Smurf" while another part inspired "Breakfast At Greedy's" (the Smurf floating in the air uncontrollably), plus there's a third story called "The Smurf And His Neighbors". The story translation is excellent, though I wish they could have had "The Smurfnapper" (the origin story of Gargamel's desire to go after the Smurfs) instead of the third story this book got stuck with. Perfect for your collection of Smurf literature if you're a fan of the characters.
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In this installment of "The Smurfs" a smurf is bit by the "bzz" fly and a gnap epidemic begins! A smurf who is bitten turns purple and has only one job, bite other smurfs! Once bitten by a purple smurf the smurf attacked turns purple and joins forces with his assailant. Soon Papa Smurf is the only smurf left and it happens just as he figures out a cure. Does he make it in time? How can one smurf save the entire smurf community? The reader is left with anticipation to answer the previous questions.
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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Format: Hardcover
I grew up watching THE SMURFS on tv. It was a cartoon that I looked forward to watching. I remember hearing the news that the show had been cancelled by NBC in 1990 and the disappointment I felt at hearing that because it was a show that had been on for most of the formative years of my childhood. Until I picked up a copy of THE PURPLE SMURFS, I had been unaware that the Smurfs had original started off as a series of comic books (beginning in 1958) by Belgian artist Peyo.

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".
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I found the Smurfs in this story to be a bit edgier than the ones I remember from the 1980s animated series. The things that really surprised me were (1) how well they work together and (2) how cranky these little guys can be. It makes for a reading experience unlike anything else.
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Format: Paperback
The Smurfs are tiny blue trolls, three apples high, who live in the Cursed Land which humans can reach only by using an enchanted flute. First introduced in the Franco-Belgian comic “Johan et Pirlouit” in 1958, the Smurfs have become a worldwide commercial success with comic albums, cartoons, toys and even music records. Here in Sweden, the Conservative Youth League once sent a Smurf tie to then-Prime Minister Carl Bildt. And yes, the blue dwarfs are entirely fictitious. Thank god, because their singing voices are extremely annoying!

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.
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