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Calvin and Hobbes #4

Poděsové z jiný planety

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Kdo tvrdil, že do třetice všeho nejlepšího, ten nečetl čtvrtou knihu Calvina a Hobbese, zasvěcenou tentokrát letům do vesmíru, mimozemských zrůdám a jiným členům učitelského sboru. To ale není všechno. Na Calvina a jeho (podle nesmyslného mínění ostatních plyšového) tygra se řítí to největší nebezpečí ze všech: ďábelská Rosalyn, holka na hlídání. Ale atypická dvojice složená z kluka nadaného až příliš velkou fantazií a jeho ironického tygřího souputníka zvládne všechno. Zvláště, když se řídí životním krédem: Život je mnohem zábavnější, když nejsi vůbec zodpovědný za to, co děláš.

128 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1990

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Bill Watterson

385 books4,249 followers
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 his career he produced several drawings and additional contributions for "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly". Watterson is known for his views on licensing and comic syndication, as well as for his reclusive nature.

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Author 9 books120 followers
May 29, 2016
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. ~ Calvin
Calvin's wit keeps amazing me. I'm glad I get the funny points . . . while not having him right in my household.
Being a tiger is more than just stripes, you realize. ~ Hobbes

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109 reviews63 followers
March 25, 2009
Some of my favorite ones:

Somebody filled my sandbox with quicksand! I'm sinking fast! ACK! RRGHH!
Susie: Oh, right. Give me a break.
Calvin: Your gender would be a lot more tolerable if it wasn't so darn cynical!


Calvin: Boy, what a beautiful summer morning, huh, Dad? Too bad you can't stay home to enjoy it.
When you're old, you'll be sorry you never took advantage of days like these, but of course, that's far off, and in the meantime, there's lots of work to be done.
Yep, you'd better get to work. Have a good long drive in traffic. Maybe you'll get home in time to watch the sunset… if you can stay awake. So long!
Golly, I'd hate to have a kid like me.


Calvin (to Hobbes): Ever sit and watch ants?
Look at this one. He's carrying a crumb that's bigger than he is, and he's RUNNING.
And if you put an obstacle in front of him, he'll scramble like crazy until he gets across it. He doesn't let anything stop him.
I just can't identify with that kind of work ethic.
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1,448 reviews1,405 followers
April 14, 2021
Back with a bang to Calvin! Though not as enjoyable as the first three books, this is still a worthwhile read. Calvin is as crazy as ever. And the highlight story, that of his journey to Mars, really stands out in its hilarity.

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1,214 reviews474 followers
July 27, 2017
I can always depend on Calvin and Hobbes to lighten the mood and provide lots of laughs. Weirdos From Another Planet! is one of the many books in my Calvin and Hobbes collection. I really should read them more often. Calvin is a wonderful mix of an incredibly intelligent six-year-old boy who can ask about the meaning of life and yet still enjoy hours of cartoons on tv while eating his favorite cereal, Sugar-Coated Chocolate Bombs. Hobbes, his constant companion, sometimes tries to steer Calvin towards making smarter choices, but usually they both end up doing something awful (wrecking havoc in the living room by playing baseball). Is Hobbes imaginary? Is he real? I say he’s a magical tiger who comes alive when alone with Calvin. I think we could all use a little Hobbes in our lives.

I don’t want to make Calvin & Hobbes political (in fact, I pulled it from the shelf because I knew it wouldn’t be), but there’s an ongoing joke throughout this collection that is eerily well-suited to Trump’s administration. Calvin tells his father that if he wants to be re-elected to the office of Dad, he has to bring up his poll numbers. He tells his father: “your recognition factor is high [but] the scandals of your administration continue to haunt you.” He continues to advise his father: “See, your record in office is miserable and the character issue is killing you…if anyone ever needed a slick ad campaign, it’s you. I think the image we need to create for you is, ‘repentant, but learning.’ You know, show some humility, and present yourself as a regular guy trying to learn the ropes of a difficult job” (28). Whenever Trump screws up (which is often), his supporters and apologists say this very same thing: “Uh, it’s a tough job and he has a steep learning curve.” Really? Being President of the USA is difficult? Who woulda thought….? Anyway, when I read these panels, I immediately saw their relevancy to the current political climate. Of course, the scandals Calvin’s dad is dealing with are “homeworkgate” and “bedtimegate.” Much more benign than potentially treasonous collusion with Russia.

What really made me laugh like a loon (in public!) were the panels describing Calvin trying to be helpful by fixing a leaking faucet but not turning the water off first. As the bathroom is flooding, he’s walking downstairs to get as many buckets as he can find. He’s not pictured in the panels, just his parents, and the expressions on their faces gradually get more alarmed as they listen to him: “Nothing’s wrong…da dee doo ba…I just want a bucket to hold some…stuff…Let’s see, how many buckets do we have? Dum de doo…No cause for alarm…No need to panic…I just want a few buckets. La la” (80). I love Calvin. Of course when Dad comes running upstairs and sees the mess, Calvin blames Hobbes. What a great friend.

Anyway, if you need some laughter, I recommend anything Calvin & Hobbes. They’re delightful. Many thanks to Bill Watterson for creating them.

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102 reviews293 followers
January 13, 2015
This is my first copy of Calvin and Hobbes comics as a book and I am thoroughly thrilled to have my hands lay on it. I have always been an ardent lover of Bill Watterson's creativity, passion and beautiful sense of values which has taught(still teaching) the wonder beneath the quotidian life.

This book is a valued possession which I know that I would cherish for a lifetime(and perhaps add it in my Will and pass it on to the next generations to come).
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29 reviews5 followers
June 2, 2012
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Ever read the comic in pullout section of the newspaper? If you did, then Calvin and Hobbes will not be total strangers to you. The humorous comic which ran in boxes of four or sometimes luxuriously filling up half of the page had been featured in most comic sections for as far as I can read, and had been the company of most readers of newspaper. There are a few compilations of Calvin and Hobbes comics and Weirdos from Another Planet! is one of them.

Calvin was by no means crazy, just an imaginative kid who spends most of his intellect trying to get his own way with his family and friends, not unlike what most of us did in our childhood. His mischievous yet creative ways always made me laughed, and along with Hobbes, he made the people around him crawl up the wall literally. In our childhood, how many of us did not spend time trying to think of a way or excuse trying to bend the adults' reasoning to our side in order to get that piece of dessert that we longed for? And how many of them ended up not knowing whether they should be mad or they should laugh?

A praise to Watterson: the ironic and funny monologues and conversations usually carried with them the reality of the world. For example, Calvin decided to leave Earth for Mars because he came to the conclusion that adults were leaving the Earth dirty so that the next generation will clean up after them.

The art used in the comics is also varied, with different styles meant for different imagined scenario. Watterson's style preferred the simple, with buttoned eyes and a few strokes to get the statement across the comic. In dramatic moments, he leaned heavily to exaggerated styles, with large eyes and hairs that stood upright to show shock, and large gaping mouth to show anger.

The collection really did make my evening more enjoyable, and I still took it out to read once in a while although I had read it numerous times. Calvin and Hobbes: Weirdos from Another Planet! is definitely a recommended reading for you when you are down and depressed.
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942 reviews203 followers
July 27, 2009
Calvin is one kid that no one would ever want to try to raise, and Hobbes is one (stuffed) tiger that no one would ever want to mess with. But these two always have their fun, and they sure do have a hell of a lot of adventures (mostly with Calvin's parents): camping, going to the zoo, digging for dinosaur bones, going to Mars, being lifted up in the stratosphere by a balloon, fixing the bathroom sink among others. The list is always endless with this duo. There are tons of philosophical, satirical, ironic, and even slapstick humor all around. Calvin counters with words as relevant today as in 1988, because, "Life's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for your actions."

This collection of cartoons is funny, imaginative and is an exaggerated view of the life of a child. There is no question in my mind that Watterson was an imaginative child and probably got in a lot of serious trouble during that time. We should be grateful for that, as he grew up to be an outstanding cartoonist and this book proof of that.

Book Details:

Title Weirdos From Another Planet! (Calvin and Hobbes)
Author Bill Watterson
Reviewed By Purplycookie
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Author 5 books30 followers
September 25, 2013
Oh no, I only have one more book left after this in my stash of Calvin & Hobbes books - I want more!

I just read that a book set has just been published that contains 4 paperbacks that contain every C&H strip ever syndicated:The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. It seems that Bill Watterson said everything that he needed to say on the subject by the mid 90s so guess what - if anybody wants to buy me an early Xmas present - they are more than welcome to buy me this. In fact, this'll do for the next 4 Xmases. Either that or y'all can club together and buy it for me now.

Suffice to say, I absolutely adore this book and all it contains and I thank everything and everyone responsible for bringing it into my sticky grasp.

'nuff said.
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407 reviews
June 30, 2017
Picked this up while waiting for my son to finish a library program... timeless humor that speaks to children and adults.
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4,586 reviews171 followers
July 30, 2022
Another book full of fine pages and sentences. But also another book filled with a bratty six year old torturing his parents. I keep on hoping for a bit of Calvin and Hobbes that I could love. Which is not fair, because this has bits. The art is fine, the imagination is fine, the taste level is painful. I'm still guessing that if I read these Calvin and Hobbes books one page a day, I'd like them more.
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732 reviews6 followers
February 20, 2021
Sempre cheio de boas tiradas, divertido e engraçado. Só acho triste que Calvin não tem amigo algum além de Haroldo. Não suporta a escola e nunca tem boas experiências lá. Isso é um pouco triste.

As pesquisas de popularidade do pai de Calvin são sempre uma das minhas partes favoritas.

O pai de Calvin não apenas provando que o garoto tem a quem puxar, como dá umas enganadas no moleque.
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2,259 reviews44 followers
August 31, 2021
I remember Calvin and Hobbes being a lot better when I was younger. I hardly made it into the book before putting it down from boredom.
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677 reviews24 followers
January 2, 2018
Trochu slabší než předchozí dva díly, témata se už sem tam opakují a je tady dost málo slíbených poděsů z jiný planety, ale jinak je to stále skvělé. Hodně mě baví "kampaň na pozici Calvinova otce" a opakované rozebírání kandidátovy strategie :)

K podrobnějšímu popisu odkazuji na můj dřívější text u knihy Pod postelí něco slintá.
1,211 reviews19 followers
July 31, 2011
Which of us are weirdos from another planet? Well that depends on which side of the rock you're on.

I wish Calvin and Hobbes had managed to establish a dialog with the Martians. They might have had some solutions for the problems that face us.

As usual with these smaller collections, the Sunday strips are not in color, and they lose out thereby. But once again, there are unique drawings on the endpages and covers.
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Author 1 book15 followers
October 12, 2015
This was one of the few Calvin and Hobbes books I didn't have as a child, and I bought it (among many other books) to give away as a wedding favor. So I read it first. I'll try to make sure Iggy gets it! He loves Calvin and Hobbes! And he'll probably grow up to have a big vocabulary like I did thanks to these comics.

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29 reviews5 followers
January 13, 2011
This was the first Calvin and Hobbes book I found and since then they have inspired me to buy almost every book in the seres. the funnest comics to read are when it's all in Calvin's mind. I love these books because they've always given me laughter over the years.
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26 reviews1 follower
May 27, 2016
This book is amazing! I like this book because it has a lot of little stories in comic book form. This book is about a little kid named Calvin and his plush toy Hobbes. I recommend this book who like comic books.
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211 reviews58 followers
January 1, 2018
I love this book. Calvin has so many wierd ideas and he is really creative. I think you need to read it. It's very funny too.
Author 0 books250 followers
December 17, 2019
When it comes to extraterrestrial activities, Calvin is up for the challenge. To feel an out of the world experience, go for it.
1 review
October 4, 2017
"Hi I'm wondering if you sell kegs of dynamite." I love this quote because it shows how imaginative Calvin is and how funny he is.

I love Hobbes because he is so civil and normal. Calvin is not normal and even though Hobbes is a form of Calvin's imagination, they are so different. I love how Hobbes thinks tigers are the best.

A theme i noticed in the book was just how rough life can be sometimes. Calvin recognizes life situations more then the normal 6 year old and he realizes how tough it can be sometimes and I thought that was deep. Calvin is only six yet he realizes how many challenges there are and how good it can be to have a friend. Hobbes is his life ling friend and they are both equally as smart and get through situations together.

The overall feeling of the story is humor. The book is very funny an witty. Bill Watterson does a great job creating a character so innocent yet experienced. It was a very good book.
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