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Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes #1)

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The first collection of the increasingly popular comic strip that features a rambunctious 6-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger who comes charmingly to life.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 1987 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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This is what I got in my mail box to cheer me up while I used to study late in the winter.

Too stressed with your schedule and cold??

Have a Calvin break

Tanu Das

Who doesn’t love Calvin, the over imaginative, mischievous child, with his imaginary tiger friends Hobbes? His antics drive his parents to the brink of insanity and he loves pondering about his Captain Spiff fantasies during class. He is always either making excuses for not having the healthy (read: disgusting) food he has been served, or advocating children’s right to vote in crucial decision like bed time hours, or irritating his friends Susie.

Every page is funnier than the last one and the il...more
Love it love it love it!
One of the best comics ever!
Although it's just another story about a super hyperactive small boy and his imaginary friend, you love Calvin so much because of his hilarious "know-it-all" comments. He trashed through house, to the point that his parents hoped that they had dachsund instead.

(Heard from the doctor's examination room):
Calvin: "Hey, doc, why are you rubbing my arm with cotton? Are you going to put a leech there? ... Are you going to bleed me? You're not going...more
Aug 24, 2011 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: re-reads, favourites
Love, love, LOVE this cartoon! Especially love Calvin's dad and his explanations!! Oh, and Hobbes when he gets on the subject of girls. <3
I think Calvin and Hobbes is the best comic of all time. I'm sure you've all heard of this, because Calvin and Hobbes has been around for a very long time. But for those who haven't read it, I say pick that comic book up right now! This book is comic strips about a six year old who hates school, homework, baths, his "evil" baby sitter, Rosalyn, and food his mother makes. Calvin's friend, Hobbes, is a stuffed tiger that comes to life when nobody is around except Calvin. His next door neighbor and...more
Ray Smith
Calvin and Hobbes became a favorite of mine back in the mid 80s. In black and white on the pages of the Indianapolis Star I followed the young boy - Calvin - an imaginative (understatement) 1st grader, and his often times alive, sometimes stuffed-tiger sidekick Hobbes, who very often was Calvin's conscience (yes, rarely listened to!).

Many of us can relate to the story of a young boy and his favorite stuffed animal going to far away worlds on other planets, to prehistoric earth, or just being a...more
I'm a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes, and the first edition of the collections was no different. If ever I need to feel uplifted, and have a little chuckle to myself, then I can just go back to the child tearaway that is Calvin, and the imaginary friend I always wished I'd had that is Hobbes. My favourite cartoon series of all time, and a delightful first collection.
Sep 18, 2008 Faith rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humour
Recommended to Faith by: My dad
Shelves: favorites
Oh wow. I think these books might be longest-loved on my favorites list. My dad read these a long long time ago and gave them to me to read, I might have been six.
I liked these books at first, but now I love them. I must have memorized a full book's worth of comic strips and was very disappointed when they stopped being in the newspaper comic strip section! They're funny, sweet, and evil. Calvin's morbid sense of humor and wide vocabulary and mature way of thinking mixed with his slight little-...more
Finora avevo letto poche strisce sui giornali americani e questo è il primo volume che mi godo: da qui la richiesta di scuse per il ritardo. Ma farò ammenda, ne leggerò presto altri.

Mi piace tutto: il disegno, il testo, i personaggi, le strisce di lunghezza normale e quelle che durano una pagina intera.
E' irriverente come devono essere i fumetti di valore.
E' divertente, anzi spassoso.
Rispetto ai mitici meravigliosi Peanuts, aggiunge il mondo degl...more
Summer {is puntastic}

I remember reading this book back when I was younger, and to this day, I stand by the belief that this book is utterly and undeniably ADORABLE. Not only it is cute, it's also hilarious, always managing to put a smile on my face.

I am not that into comic books, but this book exposed me to the world of comics, a genre I would not have ventured into if not for Calvin and Hobbes. I recommend this book to readers of all ages, as this book is in no way exclusive to one age...more
This book belongs to my son Marc. He left this on the stairs and needless to say I picked it up and started reading it. Couldn't stop!! I loved Calvin and Hobbes when I was a teen. Marc has loved it since I can remember. No wonder....he is Calvin!!!! I laughed out loud so many times and that is because 20 years ago I read it and saw the world from Calvin's eyes. Now I'm reading it and sympathizing with Calvin's parents!!! Everyone needs a good dose of laughter. Read this, it won't disappoint!
Erin W
I loved Calvin and Hobbes when I was a child. There was a simple, sharp sense of humor--a kind of smart-silly--that spoke to my temperament. I will never forget the paroxysms of laughter that struck me at about ten years old, reading the strip where Calvin sneezes explosively into a hanky, then peeks at it and declares "Whew. No brains." (That one is not in this book unfortunately. But it will forever be my definitive Calvin & Hobbes moment.)

If life gets too boring for Calvin, he imagines hi...more
I've always been meaning to read some Calvin and Hobbes, since everyone in the comicking world raves about it. By happenstance I got hold of this particular edition of certain strips and finally got to reading. I liked it, but I didn't feel anything much more than I feel reading a regular newspaper strip now. I guess I prefer a linear story more than just four panel gag strips. Calvin jumped around from feeling like a genuine kid with his daydreams to being a bit too modern with his wisecracks....more
The first collection. With an introduction by Garry Trudeau. I have to say I don't tend to to like introductions that start by badmouthing other authors' work. This isn't so bad--the introduction to the Doonesbury Chronicles is much worse, badmouthing classics like Peanuts and Pogo.

I'm not saying Watterson's work is not very good. Among the best, indeed. Just that one needn't belittle others to claim status for the best. Someone once commented (after Amadeus came out) that we tend to think that...more
Logan carries around his best stuffed friend, Cuddles, who is a white tiger, so he and Calvin have something in common. Some of the stuff went over Logan's head and I had to explain it, but overall, lots of laughs. Logan's never been to school, so there was some unfamiliar territory there, but he watches Johnny Test, which has clued him in to all the school talk and the issues with school, so he gets why Calvin hates school. He knows what it means to be called to the principal, to be scolded for...more
Kristin Curtis
Calvin and Hobbes is a comic book about an eccentric and sometimes morbid 6-year-old name Calvin. Calvin catches a tiger in his tiger trap and names him Hobbes. The two quickly become best friends. Calvin sees Hobbes as a real tiger while everyone else sees a stuffed animal that Calvin talks to and takes with him everywhere. They get into mischief and are constantly harassing Calvin's parents and teachers and babysitter. Calvin's imagination takes them on many grand adventures together.

I love Ca...more
The first collection, this begins with Calvin going on a tiger hunt and using tuna sandwiches as lure. Having read most of the later books, this makes for interesting reading as Watterson settles into his style and rhythms and Calvin ‘s facial features gradually blend into his more recognisable version. Great fun, with all of the main characters introduced (including Roslyn), the stand-out strip this time around is probably the Christmas one. Calvin realises, with horror, that he hasn’t even mad...more
this book is intensely funny and classic if you read it you wont want to put it down

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Caleb Peiffer
I was raised on Calvin and Hobbes, but my family only ever owned five of the collections, and so I have never read over half of Watterson's comics. Now I'm enjoying the immense pleasure of rediscovering the comic series in the six collections I have never read before. This is the first collection and so some of Watterson's earliest work. Unless it's just the novelty, I feel like the comics here are a mixture of his best and worst (as "worst" as Calvin and Hobbes gets, that is). Like any artist,...more
Always my favorite! Great morals and hilarious humor! Very cute drawings and simple story lines
Julia G-Messina
love these guys... brings me back to my childhood
The girls were laughing OUT LOUD at this.
The art style is a bit rougher in the earlier comics, and perhaps a bit more Saturday Morning Cartooons-esque, but everything is still gold. Great, zany and engaging storylines, occasional wordplay that never seems that heavy-handed, and lots of family scenes that readers enjoy without feeling like they are reading a comic that specifically caters to people with children (I'm looking at you, Baby Blues and sometimes Foxtrot.)

Calvin and Hobbes is still the best comic strip ever, in my opinion.
Shaharizan Perez
Simply awesome!
Espen Lyshek
calvin is a funny crazy weird kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :0 :}
Katie Dunphy
I love Calvin and Hobbes! Each comic strip is layered with symbolism, especially in the case of Calvin's wagon. Ironically, Calvin and Hobbes have their greatest philosophical discussions during the chaos and danger of the ride down a hill. Even their names evoke philosophy--each was a great thinker several centuries ago.

One thing I'm not crazy about, though, is Calvin's imagined scenes of him as Spaceman Spiff, as the detective, or as something similar. I prefer books grounded in reality withou...more
It took us forever to finish this because one of the boys or I was always sick and we could gather together to read it! It worked out that we finished it right before surprising the boys with a big Spring Break road trip to So Cal. and the end of Calvin and Hobbes has a road trip too. The boys all agreed no Calvins allowed in the car! :) Now that we're back from the trip they won't leave me alone about reading the next. We love C&H!
Miranda Cary
As Thanksgiving rolls around, I'm reminded of one of the books I'm grateful for existing--Calvin and Hobbes. No book has defined the way I view the world more than this one.

The way Calvin--and Watterson--view the world continues to astound me, for I don't think any author both in the visual and written field has painted a world so remarkably beautiful as the world of Calvin and Hobbes. Even if these comics in this book are black and white (and Watterson's watercolor works are breathtaking to be...more
This book is an amazing comic book by Bill Watterson for the book series, Calvin and Hobbes. The tons of humor of Calvin, a mini devil who doesn't want to do anything at all expect for having fun with his tiger,Hobbes. They go on many adventures with Calvin's parents, his friend,Suzy and many more characters as they tried to stop Calvin and Hobbes from doing bad things or foolish events in the story. This gives the reader lots of humor to those who are a fan of the book series.

I would recommend...more
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Bill Watterson (born William Boyd Watterson II) is an American cartoonist, and the author of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes". His career as a syndicated cartoonist ran from 1985 to 1995; he stopped drawing "Calvin and Hobbes" at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his fans that he felt he had achieved all he could in the comic strip medium. During the early years of...more
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