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Weirdos from Another Planet! Paperback – January 1, 1990

4.9 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
Book 4 of 11 in the Calvin and Hobbes Series

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Yet another Calvin and Hobbes collection compiled from Watterson's daily syndicated comic strip. YAs will enjoy Calvin and Hobbes' triumphs as they outwit Rosalyn the babysitter or discover life on Mars via their intergalactic "little red wagon"; they'll see the daring Spaceman Spiff battle vile alien monsters; and they'll shiver with terror as Calvin the tyrannosaurus rules the late cretaceous period. Every YA patron deserves to be transmogrified.
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About the Author

Bill Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most popular and well-regarded cartoon strips of the twentieth century. Calvin and Hobbes appeared in newspapers from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in 1995.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews and McMeel Publishing; Fourth Printing edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836218620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439137492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an 8 year old Canadian living in Beijing, China, and I love to read. I really like to read funny books. One of my favourites of all time is Calvin & Hobbes, "Weirdos from Another Planet". I find this book really funny because Calvin's imagination in this one is the wildest ever! The illustrations are a perfect match for the hilarious stories. I enjoyed the main part of this book, the space adventures of Calvin & Hobbes the best. I found them so funny that I couldn't put the book down in bed, and stayed awake very late. This book made me a real fan of Calvin and Hobbes, and now I can't wait to get more! Elise Hoffmann 8 years old, Beijing, China
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You can always depend on Bill Watterson and his brilliant creations Calvin and Hobbes, and in the collection "Weirdos From Another Planet!" Watterson does not disappoint.
This collection has many strips that deal with Calvin's numerous unnamed alter egos, many of them very simple creations (not "characters" like Spaceman Spiff or his noir detective) but rather Calvin imagining certain professions as himself. Examples from the text include his being a pilot, an archeologist, etc.
"WFAP" also introduces us to Spaceman Spiff, as we get to see his first strip and learn of his origins as one of Calvin's alter egos.
The title of the collection comes from a prolonged strip that is about a trip Calvin and Hobbes take to Mars. The trip is undertaken because Earth is too polluted and Calvin is disgusted with humanity's treatment of the planet. The title of the collection cleverly alludes to Calvin and Hobbes, not the Martians, and Watterson raises a very interesting point with how he concludes this particular storyline.
As usual with a Calvin and Hobbes collection I found myself laughing and thinking at the same time. I enjoy when that happens! I can always count on Calvin and Hobbes to make me laugh, and to tease my brain cells a little. I love them, and these collections, for that!
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The title of the book represents a truly classic series of strips in which Calvin first uses his cardboard box as a space ship to travel to Mars. What he finds is that the "Weirdos from Another Planet" are him and Hobbes! This is another first rate collection from the strip that was THE highlight of the comics page during its newspaper run. Bill Waterson's genius has been sorely missed ever since he decided to retire. This is another fine collection in an outstanding series of books.
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My nephew found my brother's old Calvin & Hobbes book and thought it was pretty funny so I got him this one for his last birthday and he has been enjoying reading it. I flipped through it before I wrapped it and it was funny here and there but I never was much into Calvin and Hobbes personally.
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Okay, so Calvin is one kid that no one would ever want to try to raise, and Hobbes is one (stuffed) tiger that no one would ever want to mess with. But these two always have their fun, and they sure do have a hell of a lot of adventures (most with Calvin's parents): camping, going to the zoo, digging for dinosaur bones, going to Mars, being lifted up in the stratosphere by a balloon, fixing the bathroom sink. The list is always endless with this duo. And this is only the fourth installment in the series! And there are tons of philosophical, satirical, ironic, and even slapstick humor all around.

Now, you know a psychologically awkward kid like Calvin would probably never survive in the real world (watch the skit on "Robot Chicken" and you'll see why). But then of course, Calvin's vivid imagination is what makes these comics so great to read. The entire series is like pizza, it's deliciously excellent.

(I know the last sentence sounds corny, so deal with it)
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It would be useless to attempt a 'review' of this book. I can imagine what Calvin would do with such an assignment. If you don't know about, or have heard about Calvin and Hobbes, you should get this book and read it. Then get the rest. There won't be more like these. Ever.
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calvin and hobbes is timeless. i've read these books dozens of times since a kid. I'm hoping to pass this on to my kids eventually.

sure they have the collectors set, but imagine your kid trying to read that in bed. the originals are still the best.
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Purchase for my children to read. I love reading Calvin & Hobbs when I was younger. Arrival was acceptable. Since these were purchase used, the quality was acceptable, not much wear and tear. I do recommend them.
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