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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 1st Edition edition (2 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957305
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 4.4 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francoise Mouly is a French artist and designer. Together with Art Spiegelman she edited the comics anthology Raw from 1980 to 1991. Mouly is also the publisher of Toon Books, a line of hardcover comics for young readers. Art Spiegelman is an American comics writer, artist and editor best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, Maus.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 15 April 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A massive tome of funny animals, Sugar and Spike, Captain Marvel, Dennis the Menace, etc - a superb introduction into a fairly obscure area of comics history. The reproduction is not as good as Marvel Masterworks, DC archives etc but I found a fun and informative read. A useful reference book as well. The introduction mentions that the book is for children and not for adults, but I wonder how many have been bought for children? Most likely will end up on a comic historian's shelf.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Jerry Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I took a chance on this book because I enjoyed the better children's comic book stories from the 1940s and 1950s that I had seen over the years. I also trusted the editor Art Spiegelman to edit a quality book.

I'm glad I bought this book - because it is a wonderful, high quality book with excellent story and art content. At about 11 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches and over 350 pages, it's a great value at the $40 suggested retail price. At Amazon's discounted price, it's a super bargain!

The stories are mainly 1940s through the 1950s, with one story as early as 1939 and another as late as 1965. I like the five different chapters containing the different type of children's stories - stories about kids, funny animals, fantasy, storytime, and weird & wacky.

There were several stories that I recognized that are among my favorites - such as a Fox and the Crow story titled "The Great Chiseler" from 1951, Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories, and the comic book story of the UPA cartoon "Gerald McBoing Boing", which translates well to paper.

I also enjoyed discovering many stories I had never read before - which was fun for me because I had read many such stories over the years.

The large pages and full color will make this book a treat for any child - no matter what age you are. I am 60 years old but I would have loved this book back in my early childhood and all the years in between.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Vintage "Comic" Comics 15 Oct 2009
By Ganapathy Subramaniam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an awesome collecton of some of the nicest comics that one would have read and relished as a little kid.

First of all the book is very well put together physically.

* The size simply stuns you!... humongous book
* Stacked with page after...page after..page of full color comics
* Printed in an amazingly thick matt (non-glossy, non-shiny) paper
* Brings out the vividness of the pen/brush art and the true colors
* The soft off-white page color makes them as they appeared in the originals
* The binding is perfect, nice to grab and handle.
* There is enough margin space, and the author/story name is printed along

Other publishers should take a note from this book. The glossy/shiny papers that we have suddenly become fixated with, ruins the art.

This lovely collection includes comics from the 40/50s of
* Unca Scrooge
* Donald Duck
* Dennis the menace
* Little Archie
* Little Lulu
* Pogo
* Fox and Crow
* Captain Marvel

to name a few.

Each character is present in one,two or three stories max, and hence makes a nice mix of all the nice stories.

There are 67 stories in total grouped into five categories,
* Hey, Kids
* Funny Animals
* Fantasyland
* Story Time
* Wacky & Weird

This is a must for the oldtimers who want to get back in time to catch up on some of their best times, and this is awesome for newcomer kids(as well as adults ofcourse) to get introduced to some of the nice stories and comics of a simple, innocent and happy era.

Kudos to the editors and the publisher. we want to see more of these.

You can't go wrong with this one, that too with the steep discounted price!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It's clear that this book has mass appeal 17 Nov 2009
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This redoubtable collection is a celebration of everything that makes comics worth celebrating: the sheer joy and innocence of discovering what happens when you mix lively art with more than a dab of color and throw it together sequentially to tell an exciting narrative. That the book is edited by two of the true luminaries of the field speaks to the quality of the work contained within.

Neither needs an introduction, but it would be a disservice to not mention that Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus and his wife, Françoise Mouly, is the art editor of The New Yorker. Together, they run Toon Books, which has the delightful mission of creating comics that are suited and age-appropriate for kids.

The expansive treasury covers a wide gamut of the Golden Age of comics publishing and represents just about every genre conceivable within that time. There are superheroes, funny animals, pure fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, and some very familiar faces (Sugar and Spike, Dennis the Menace, Little Lulu, Uncle Scrooge, among others). The stories in the book are grouped into five sections ("Hey, Kids!," "Funny Animals," "Fantasyland," "Storytime," and "Weird and Wacky"), so it's easy to go right to the type of tale you're in the mood for.

Some kids might skip past the insightful introduction by author Jon Scieszka and the much longer foreword from the two editors, but adults will enjoy the commentary. The foreword in particular is a veritable treasure trove of information about the history of what's contained in the rest of the book, as well as charming explanations from the editors about why they included what they did and why they left other things out.

At $40, this is a pricy kids' book, of course, and is perhaps more of an adult one. Wherever it ends up in the library or home, it's clear that it has mass appeal. There was a time when comics weren't so edgy or controversial but instead just had a distinct charm that kids could easily relate to. Kids nowadays will still feel it, and no doubt adults will want to relive it as well.

-- John Hogan
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hey, kids! Comics! 3 Jan 2010
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This oversized book reprints children's comic books from the 1940s and 1950s. Of course, nearly all comic books of the time period were aimed at children, but in this case it means comic books that are appropriate for the very youngest children. Almost all of the comics here could be classified as "humor" comics. There are many classic stories featuring well known characters like Donald Duck, Little Lulu and Dennis the Menace. But the real find is great stories featuring obscure characters like Intellectual Amos, Nutsy Squirrel, Supermouse and Burp the Twerp. This book puts the "treasure" in "treasury".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Classic Cartoons for Children 26 Feb 2013
By MamaLisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this to read and enjoy with my children,though I do find some of it's content at little mature for young children.
This book has great color pictures and they are nice sized for "picture reading".

My sons enjoy reading and looking at this book with me. It's nice to have comics that are more geared towards the younger ones. They both like the fact that they have their own comic book like Mama and Daddy. :)

I'd suggest that you read through the book with your young children,since it does contain some mature (Mature,as in too old for their age to understand,but an adult would.)content that they aren't able to grasp yet. ( you might want to picture read or skip a few pages here and there). I may be more careful than some in this aspect.

This contains mostly Older comics and comic strips from a long time ago up until more recent years (Dennis the Menace,Family Circus,The Archies,Disney's cartoon comic strips,ect.) but it doesn't contain anything from now as in recent.

I think even adults would find this collection quite interesting and fun to read as well as to add to their bookshelf with their other comic books.
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