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How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion (Asterix) Paperback – 3 Jun 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; Reprint edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444000942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444000948
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it. TIME OUT"

The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Paperback edition of this classic Asterix album about the childhood of Asterix and Obelix.

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Format: Hardcover
I was expecting another Asterix book with comic strip panels, but this is presented as a children's picture book. That doesn't mean it's no good, just it didn't say this in the marketing. Furthermore, it's the same price as other Asterix hardcovers, yet half the pages. It's saving grace is the artwork, which is gorgeously done, but still, I'm afraid, a disappointment.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a short story from 1965, reproduced lovingly.

Instead of the traditional cartoon cells, 50-100 words are illustrated on a double page by a beautiful coloured pencil drawing. You can see the entire Gaulish village (or much of it) on one double-page spread, as a young Asterix and Obelix go to the Druid's cauldron.

It is a short story, and therefore there are not as many pages as in the regular books. However, where else can you see our heroes as children? Because of the scale of the drawings, children can then imagine other adventures that Asterix and Obelix might have had as children - the story needn't stop at the end.

And it might provide inspiration or hope for young readers who are not that strong, or who are being bullied, that they might grow up into a hero.

Overall, because this is such a different book, I would not get this book until you have read (say) at least half the series, and then, with the characters firmly established in your mind, you can then appreciate all of the subtleties in the drawings.
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This is not like other Asterix books - not comic strip, but the story is funny and entertaining. An obvious one to own if you want to collect them all.
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I have collected the Asterix books for about 40 years - ever since they were given free by collecting tokens at petrol stations. I have loved them for their wit, and my children for the cartoons, so was rather disappointed that this book is entirely script accompanied by large illustrations and there are none of the witty speech bubbles. I am aware that Rene Goscinny (the writer) died quite some time ago and that recent books were both written and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. The introduction states that this book is something of a rehash of an article for a magazine printed in 1965 and I think that is is unfortunate that Amazon did not make this clear in their advertisement.
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By laura on 19 Feb. 2014
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lovely illustrations ,and a great way to get kids into the whole world of Asterix...really pleased with it.Ohh and the kids quite like it too...
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of the Asterix series you'll love this story. It answers that question - the one that has intrigued readers for many a year now. Just how did Obelix fall into the cauldron of magic potion? I'm not going to spoil the story by giving any hints. It's just a great story. If you are new to the tales of Asterix this is still a great stand alone read but you will understand it better if you have read at least 6 of the previous books - all I'm saying is don't start with this one.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was quite expensive for just 12 pages but it was quite a good book because it is different because it is not a comic. I think the comics are better
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An absolute rip off!!! £7.50 for 10 pages! Please do not make the mistake of buying this book because it only has 12 pages
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