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Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury (Calvin and Hobbes)

4.73  ·  Rating Details ·  15,930 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
Calvin, the six-year-old dirty tricksmeister and master of indignation and his warm, cuddly philosopher sidekick and Hobbes, a tiger whose idea of adventure is to lie on his back by the fire and have his stomach rubbed. This unlikely due captured the hearts, the minds, and, most of all, the funny bones of America. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes contains a full-color s ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published June 1st 1992)
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Bob Mayer
Dec 04, 2013 Bob Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It most definitely is Indispensable! The best cartoon of all time (Far Side a close second). Now that this in eBook I have it on my phone and can cheer myself up at any time.
Lotz
Mar 08, 2015 Lotz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an uncle who I’ll call Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob is an extremely tall man; he has a booming voice and commanding presence. When he’s in the room, it’s hard not to pay attention to Uncle Bob. And that’s good for him, because he likes the attention; he laughs and jokes constantly, and loves a good audience. In short, he’s a natural born salesman. So Uncle Bob naturally excelled when he got his first job out of college selling tractors. In fact, he was so good that now he trains everyone else. Hi ...more
Stephen
5.0 stars. Second only to Gary Larson's "The Far Side" as my favorite cartoon series of all time. Always clever, always funny and always leaves you in a better mood.
Arielle Walker
There is nothing to not love about Calvin and Hobbes.

Especially the snowmen.
Rose
Jan 06, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laughs
Trying to choose a favorite Calvin and Hobbes book really is not entirely unlike trying to choose a favorite child. These books were a seminal part of my childhood; I've reread them so many times throughout childhood, the teen years, and adulthood that I'm not exaggerating when I say that if you start quoting one of the strips, I can almost guarantee that I'll be able to give you the punchline from memory.

"The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes" is a treasury made up of what may be my two favorite
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Alice
I just happened to pick this book up while visiting a friend, and, the next thing I knew, it was hours later. I read these when they were originally syndicated in my hometown newspaper, and I read Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" and The Revenge of the Baby-Sat. I could read these a million times and still want to read them again.

These are definitely written to be appreciated on several levels, which is what makes them so rereadable. I had one perspective on them when I was young, and another no
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Anne
The best thing about the Calvin and Hobbes books is that I grew up just looking at the pictures because I didn't read English, but found them so funny nevertheless. Then, when I learned English and was finally able to read them, they were even funnier because I could finally understand what the characters were saying. And as I grow a bit older and wiser, I still laugh whenever I crack one open, but for entirely different reasons. I love how there is something for every age in these books.
Philip
Jul 06, 2016 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
A Thousand, Million Goodreads stars.

I couple of years ago, I reread all of The Far Side Gallaries. (Or so I had thought... Apparently, I missed Gallery 5...)

But when it comes to my life, no comic/cartoon/Sunday Funny has been read by me more than Calvin and Hobbes. Indeed, Watterson may be the most influential writer in my life. I have more "goodreads quotes" in my goodreads quote section than any other author. And it's not even close.

I want to retell the story of being banned from reading, or t
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Eh?Eh!
Jun 25, 2007 Eh?Eh! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all people and their dogs&cats
Shelves: tandy, babble-added
wisdom from the mouths of precocious babes (yeah, I know, really from some dude), hilarious, *love* all C&H collections
Amanda
Dec 09, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Love this! Read it. Over and over again.
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
by Bill Watterson, published in 1992.

Another fantastic collection of Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes cartoons. There is just so much fun and mayhem to enjoy in this collection it’s hard to quantify how great it is.

This collection, “The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes”, is the collected cartoons of “The Revenge of the Baby-Sat” and “Scientific Progress goes “Boink”. Absolutely fantastic fun.

In this collection we get to see the first appearance of Stupendous Man, Defender of Freedom, Advocate of Lib
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James DiVasta
Mar 31, 2016 James DiVasta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Calvin and Hobbes, it's just one of those classics. You know? It's childish and serious all at once. There is no real plot since this is a collection and because every comic is a different part of Calvin and Hobbes' lives. The plot would I guess then be the adventures of a boy named Calvin and his stuffed Tiger Hobbes, but Calvin thinks Hobbes is real and they have real life conversations. Like I said before, it's childish yet serious at the same time. The comics are political or have rel ...more
Sherry
Jul 17, 2010 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of awesomeness. You'll never get fed up reading this book, even though you've read it ten times!
Valerie
This book is also porcupined with markers. I'm pretty sure I have both The Revenge of The Baby-Sat and Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", but this book also has cartoons that don't appear in either.

Comic strips have been through several Golden Ages. Calvin & Hobbes was part of the twilight years of one of these.

I never have quite understood the contempt for comic strips on the part of some people. Many are, in fact, 'great literature', in every sense. They're not at ALL 'simplistic'. They de
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Angie
Feb 03, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
There is something mystical about childhood, something that makes it all but impossible for us adults to overcome it. Calvin and Hobbes captures the magic of childhood and helps us return to it. We are there to witness Cavlin's cardboard-box adventures, we experience his impatience while waiting for his propeller beanie to arrive, and we sympathize with his angst regarding bedtimes and homework.

There are some things about life that even adults don't understand though, things that as a child you
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Allysha Moulton
Jun 11, 2010 Allysha Moulton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book for about 4 years now and I had yet to read it. I decided to finally read this book because I had read so many higher level books for my independent reading; I needed a break. This book was as cute as I thought it was going to be. Calvin is very intelligent and so is his stuffed tiger Hobbes. The way he talks and the things he does are not what a normal grade school kid would do. Like any other kid he hates school and dreams big. I enjoyed reading this book very much. I woul ...more
Peter
Oct 21, 2008 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely enough, this is one of the most influential books of my life. Read it as a kid, and loved it. Reread it piecemeal several times over the years and loved it every time. I try not to read it with my kids though because it gives them dangerous ideas.

I love Watterson's artistic drive. As his strip became more popular he negotiated with his syndicate to get more control over the format. If I recall, he lost about half of his Sunday sales, but he gained the freedom to work outside the box. I
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Kalitime Camaralzman
I laughed so hard that I cried.
Ihaab
Jan 12, 2016 Ihaab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book really funny would read again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Madeline Keen
Oct 12, 2015 Madeline Keen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
These comics were my absolute favorite growing up. I especially remember getting into them in the fourth and fifth grade. Looking at them now, I still like them just as much. Watterson follows a mainly traditional comic book style with panels being small and lined up to read left to right as they look in a typical newspaper. He has speech bubbles, onomatopoeia words for sounds, but does not do a lot of captioning to narrate the stories at all. The stories are told almost completely by dialogue b ...more
Alexander
May 06, 2015 Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is AMAZING!!! Even better than the first edition, this novel packs warmth and imagination. I'm going to sound like John Green, but "Just read it!"
Teresa
Calvin & Hobbes classic childhood read, you laugh then at the innocent jokes but when you get older and look back on it, you reminiscene and laugh at childhood be it your own or just overall.

The relationship between Calvin and Hobbes is wonderful, the best bud until the end thing that we all need and deserve, reading the comics again it makes me smile..it's adorable.

I don't know what my childhood would have been without it.
Biondy
Buku greatest hits-nya Calvin & Hobbes.

Lovely, walau ada beberapa joke yang terasa berulang. Karakter orang tuanya Calvin lebih diperdalam kali ini.

Duh, sayang gak bisa dipinjam bukunya. Terpaksa baca di tempat, deh :')
Josephine
Jul 10, 2011 Josephine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite comic characters of all time - Calvin, Hobbes, Susie Derkins, Calvin's parents, Roz the babysitter, Mrs Wormwood, Moe and other characters that appear in the comics. :)

I used to read them from cover to cover in a day. One thing, it's easy to read because they're just comics, so not many words. Second thing is that the jokes are simply hilarious and I wanted more. I love Calvin and Hobbes!
Julie
Jun 01, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I absolutely adore Calvin and Hobbes! I found a whole shelf of these books in my basement, they belong to my father. i started reading this one and couldn't put it down. I love them :) They really show the magic that there is to childhood. Are kids the only ones who really are in touch with reality? Is hobbes real or a stuffed animal? Who knows, that's the magic to it all :D
Cik Aini
Need I say more? I laughed all the way reading this collection. Even though I'd grown to become a mother, I feel that Calvin & Hobbes is full of my childhood memoirs, mischief, fun, games! Calvin is sometimes too smart for a 6-year-old :p boy
Ron
Oct 25, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, graphic
May not be great literature, but Bill Watterson sees something which most of us don't. My life has been diminished by not having the joy of opening the daily paper to some new insight to ourselves through his eyes.
Tiffany
Aug 04, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My cousin Kate and I used to borrow this book from our uncle and read it together when she would be in town for holidays. We'd each take "being" Calvin or Hobbes. Great memories <3
Tazendra
Jan 08, 2016 Tazendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like a nice Calvin and Hobbes book to read while relaxing with a a pillow and blanket on a futon, by the fire. Ahhh... :D
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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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