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It's a Magical World

(Calvin and Hobbes #11)

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  27,291 ratings  ·  373 reviews
When cartoonist Bill Watterson announced that his phenomenally popular cartoon strip would be discontinued, Calvin and Hobbes fans throughout the world went into mourning. Fans have learned to survive -- despite the absence of the boy and his tiger in the daily newspaper. It's a Magical World delivers all the satisfaction of visiting its characters once more. Calvin fans w ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Steinar Sigurdsson
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Calvin: "I read this library book you got me"
Calvin's Mom: "What did you think of it?"
Calvin: "It really made me see things differently. It's given me a lot to think about"
Calvin's Mom: "I'm glad you enjoyed it"
Calvin: "It's complicating my life. Don't get me any more"
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-manga
This series starts with Calvin laughing and cheerful that he's finally free from prison (read school), just to find out that someone is following him.

None other than Susie and at that moment we know we should get ready for some grossiness of Get-Rid-Of-Slimy-girlS (G.R.O.S.S.)!!

Calvin goes on getting at the nerves of Susie. Hobbes and he fight a lot, which is way too funny. It's delightful to watch them argue doing homework together and reading comics. Thinking of his teacher as a giant larva, e
May 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Calvin and Hobbes was so important to me when I was younger, and still is important. It really is in its own little catergory. It breaks my heart that Watterson left after this book... but in an understanding way. It is so rare that someone knows how to retire while they are at their peak and let their art stand on its own.

I have this last strip in this book pinned up on my wall at work... to remind me as I came here and started over, that it's a magical world out there.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing

UGGGHHH I'm about to vomit with love.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After all these books, it has finally happened! Susie has entered Calvin’s house. And boy, does he go mad! This was such a hilarious story to read!

As this book contains the final set of comic strips Bill Watterson created before his retirement, I found my heart growing heavier as I neared the end. But what a fitting finale this book has been! Every single beloved character makes a memorable last appearance. I was the happiest to see Rosalyn return, and to see her final adventure with Calvin end
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Thank you so much, Bill Watterson, for writing (and drawing) this.
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yet another among the books published by Bill Watterson from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that I have enjoyed. This one is from the beginning of the C&H comic strip, and I own a framed print of that first strip. When Calvin tells Hobbes, "It's a magical world...lets go exploring,", it speaks powerfully to me on several levels. That print hangs in my office, and has become a reminder to me of the importance of discovering what I don't yet know, of the need to ask important questions and find ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Calvin, it's okay. It's okay! Trust me!"
"WHAT? I'm your father!"
"You've only known me six years! Come back when i'm forty, THEN we'll talk about trust!"

... In. Hysterics.
Jordan West
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-96-05, gift
Some people never forget what they were doing when they heard about a historic event or the death of someone famous; as for myself I'll always remember where I was when I read the last ever 'Calvin and Hobbes' strip in the paper. ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books, humour
About as good as it gets, even through nostalgia goggles. More introspection, more musings on where the world is going (spot on, Bill old son)... but still some time for Spaceman Spiff, and Stupendous Man. And if I'd known then that there would be no "next year's book" I'd have had a quiet moment after that last hurrah. ...more
Sean Chick
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The final volume of Calvin and Hobbes might just be the very best. The flights of fantasy are far fewer here, which is usually something I do not care for. I always wanted more of Spiff and Tracer. That is because Watterson's mundane stories often had a slice of life sentimentality that I found wanting. There is little of that here. Hobbes is a far more adversarial figure in the strip in general than it is given credit for and in particular here. The slice of life is more about making a point. W ...more
Dan  Logue
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While I have a great appreciation for what Gary Larson accomplished comedically in a singular panel, Calvin and Hobbes is far and away the greatest traditional (we will leave Marvel and Dc out of this) comic ever created. C & H reminds me distinctly of the Simpsons(seasons 3-10, all other seasons are an embarrassment to the franchise and FOX should issue a formal apology)-it could be enjoyed equally on different levels and that enjoyment consistently evolved over time. My father and I, when I wa ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was about 12 when the "It's a magical world" strip ran in my local paper. I cut it out and glued it in my scrapbook and then cried. That said, I have learned more interesting vocabulary from Calvin and Hobbes than I think I have from most of my other favorite authors combined. ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, childrens
I bought three new Calvin and Hobbes books to complete my collection.

I believe that Bill Waterson has written the most ingenious comic strip of all times.

The expressions of his characters in his illustrations are exemplary.
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review, comics
I just LOVE Calvin and can't get enough of him! And everytime I (re)read one of his comic strips, I thank the gods I'm not his mother, LOL! ...more
Belphoebe Merkle
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just really need a break from Herodotus and Ovid to just appreciate Calvin .
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A re-read. Introducing Calvin and Hobbes to my kids and enjoying the nostalgia.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is as wonderful and apropos of everything as it was the other times I read it years ago.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t think this was his best collection, but I still love it.
Cecelia Jones
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
like if I should get a Hobbes tattoo
Sebastian E.
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hi I read this book  because I've read other books from this series and they were really funny and that is also the reason why I gave this book 5 stars. My favorite character is Calvin becuase he's always saying doing stuff and doing stuff that's very funny but usually gets him in trouble. My favorite comic strip is when Calvin says he's a man of many words but his stuffed tiger who Calvin thinks can talk, Hobbes says something very funny and kept me laughing but you have to read the book to fin ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why is it that whenever I'm feeling a little low, all I have to do is pull one of the Calvin & Hobbes books from the shelf and give it a good re-read to perk me up. I've many other "funny-books", but these are the ones that bring me most joy.
Then, a little after I am done, I start re-realizing that Watterson will probably never do any more, then I get sad again.
I'm very grateful for what I have... and I'll re-read them as many times as I need... I just wish there were more.
OK, now I'm feeling sa
Matthew Huff
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy returning to C&H periodically to revisit a beloved part of my childhood -- identifying with Calvin's untamed boyhood. Now as an adult, I not only find his wry and incisive comedy all too true but also consider the mom and dad in the comic quite more relatable than I had when I read them as a child. In my mind nothing beats this one. Peanuts is the great classic, but I think C&H is the best of its kind. ...more
Denae Christine
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Calvin is like Peter Pan, the little boy immune to growing up, and his childish wisdom is (usually) better than the philosphies of educated adults.
Hobbes is amazing.
Calvin's ego and undeterred self-assurance and overall optimism are things we can all learn from, though not to quite the extreme he sometimes takes them!
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I read it the other day and have to say it was full of a whole bunch of comics that were hilarious!! I'm suprised that there were some I haven't read yet, and I've read almost every calvin and hobbes book and I now own every one so far, that I know of. It was really funny and I'm probably going to read it again because some of them I didn't read all of it. ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
My review for all Calvin and Hobbes books is this:

When you need to relax and laugh, this is a great place to go. Watterson is insightful, hilarious, and very, very funny. Highly recommended.

I grew up on C&H, and I'm very glad I did.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Calvin and Hobbes books are great fun and really witty humor! A childhood staple comic book for me, but even now I go back and read them and understand the humor on a different level (now that I know the meanings of some of the words!). Great books.
Mark Baker
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The final collection of Calvin and Hobbes send our heroes off in style. Even 20 years later, the jokes are still fun and funny.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Mary Taitt
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor-cartoon
I love Calvin and Hobbs, I just laugh and laugh. It's funny and intelligent. ...more
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, and believe it or not, i teared when i realised i was reading the last ever strip.
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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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