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It's A Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection Paperback – 4 Sep 1997


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 1st Edition edition (4 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751517208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751517200
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.5 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Watterson won the 1986 Reuben Award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, nominated by the National Cartoonist's Society.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Farewell, Calvin and Hobbes. Words (or, more aptly, pictures) cannot express the extent of how sorely you will both be missed. No sooner had the immortal utterances of Calvin followed him over the hill as he and his best friend left the pages of comic strips and collections forever, than this series of phenomenally flawless quality then passed from excellence into the annals of history as legend. In a way it is a fitting tribute to an unbelievably adept illustrator and writer to end on such a high as he has not produced one single bad piece of work in his relationship with his two eponymous characters.
I wont go into detail as to the actual strips as there are far too many to review. Suffice it to say that once you delve into the innocent, yet highly complicated world of the troubled youngster and his stuffed toy tiger, you will never (and I truly mean NEVER) look back. It is at once hilariously funny and heartbreakingly poignant. This is due to the way Bill Waterson creates his characters. While this is pure fantasy, the sort that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, it is also uncompromisingly real and from the angry attitude of the little boy lost, at odds with a confusing and paradoxical world, to the frayed tethers of his parents who have been beaten by that same cruel world it creates pathos in the reader as the experiences are similar to our own. Calvin defies any kind of conformity whilst sticking to his own special brand of comformist, almost totalitarian regime of pelting Susie Derkins with 'slush balls', spending all his weekends torn between watching endless violent cartoons and sledging or making the most grotesque but interesting snow sculptures ever created. Calvin is a product of capitalism and the post-50's era America of disenchantment coupled with luxury.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2004
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This is the final collection of comics from CALVIN AND HOBBES, arguably my favorite comic strip of all times. Cartoonist Bill Watterson chose to retire before he drained all the magic out of his characters. While I'm disappointed, that is probably wise since this collection shows he was still at the top of his game.
Calvin can make an adventure out of everything, whether it's having Susie over for an afternoon (a great day for GROSS), trying to get out of school, playing Calvinball with Rosalyn, or putting off a leaf collection project until the very last night, his antics are sure to make you laugh. The genius of the strip is that we're often laughing at ourselves. Hobbes's comments are often funny and true, and watch out for the Chewing magazine strips. They hit a little too close to home.
This strip got better as it went along, and there is some classic stuff here. It's a little bitter sweet reading the last few knowing it's the end. And I still want to know what the noodles incident was.
While there are some strips out there I enjoy, I still miss this great strip. If you somehow managed to miss it, pick up any book today. It's guaranteed to have you laughing in no time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 29 Mar. 2003
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Bill Watterson's creation of Calvin and Hobbes is for my taste the ultimate adult comic strip; six year old Calvin, his stuffed tiger Hobbes, and his extensive and witty vocabulary, can be laugh-out-loud hilarious.
In this large, softcover book, you get all the usual suspects: The dreaded Miss Wormwood, Calvin's schoolteacher, who has to put up with his imaginitive but lame excuses, snowball fights with Susie, Spaceman Spiff, who gets stranded on distant planets, and of course, his stressed out parents.
Other characters include two marvelous one-eyed aliens, Galaxoid and Nebular, who buy the earth from Calvin for 50 leaves, but when it snows, claim they were overcharged, and demand that Calvin bring the planet up to code, and Calvin's musings on whether there is an Evil Santa, who gives to the bad girls and boys "the dangerous, annoying, and corrupting toys your parents won't allow", and best of all, when he decides to be a Suburban Post-Modernist artist, and claims that "art isn't about ideas, it's about style".
Hobbes is my favorite cartoon animal, drawn as a stuffed toy when seen from non-Calvin eyes, but a wise and playfull being in Calvin's magical world. There's a lot of love between them, and the hug on the back cover of this book says it all. Calvin and Hobbes will appeal to the rebel in us all, provide numerous laughs, and warm our hearts on cold days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By garry_clark@ntlworld.com on 6 Jun. 2001
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My first introduction to Calvin (and his alter-ego, stupendous man) had this line ...
"Dad it's now 3am in the morning ... do you know where I am?"
From that moment on I have loved every aspect of this boys life, from school, summer, parents, bathtime and girls!
This selection of strips features some of the funniest in Wattersons collection - with effortless one liners and punchlines that even now will only ever be uttered by those under the age of 10 and to the amusement of us adults who prehaps only vaguely remember that "..unless you have sticky fingers, a purple tongue and grassy knees, you haven't had a good day"
For children, Calvin and Hobbes is a little boy and his tiger getting into trouble
For adults, Calvin ahd Hobbes is everything we wished we could have said and done as a child..
and for parents (myself included), we just hope that ours don't turn out like him!!!
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