It's time for more fun with Calvin and Hobbes. This book covers nine months and seems to contain more stand alone strips than actual stories, although there are several recurring gags. For example, we get lots of Calvin's take on modern art as he creates snow sculptures. In a strip that scarily is even more appropriate today than it was 20 years ago, Calvin's lemonade stand fails because of the high prices he is charging. Missing in this book is babysitter Rosalyn, and bully Mo only gets one appearance.
As far as multiple day story arcs go, Calvin starts getting mysterious letters in the mail. Who is sending them? What will the messages say? Late in the book, we get another episode with Get Rid Of Slimy girlS (G.R.O.S.S.) as they plot to ensnare neighbor Susie in a fiendish trap to lure her behind the house to hit her with water balloons. Calvin's alter ego Stupendous Man makes an appearance to take a history test for Calvin. Calvin makes a deal with Susie to eats worms for money. And as Christmas approaches, Calvin tries to figure out just how good he has to be to get presents from Santa.
Despite the lack of long running stories, there are many great strips in this book. I've read it I don't know how many times, and I still managed to laugh my way through it this weekend. The artwork is perfect for helping fill in the story as well.
This was a wonderful comic strip I still miss. If you don't have this book, pick it up today.