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The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes

(Calvin and Hobbes)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  19,486 ratings  ·  412 reviews
They're back: Calvin, the six-year-old dirty tricksmeister and master of indignation and his warm, cuddly philosopher sidekick, Hobbes. A tiger whose idea of adventure is to lie on his back by the fire and have his stomach rubbed. In six short years this unlikely duo has captured the hearts, the minds, and, most of all, the funny bones of America. They are the most phenome ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 1992 by Warner Books
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Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
UPDATED! What can I possibly say? I love C&H. My kids love C&H. My daughter wants me to find her a Hobbes doll and REFUSES to accept Tigger as a substitute! Spaceman Spiff! Stupendous Man! Susie Derkins! Mom and Dad! Rosalyn! Miss Wormwood! A true classic and tickles your funny bones cover to cover!

Based on the comments below. I felt I needed to define the Holy Trinity of Intelligent Comics for Old Nincompoops (ICON) which for me would consist of Bill Watterson, the father and son, Berke Breathe
Bob Mayer
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Roy Lotz
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
My favorite comic strip ever, now in book form! Hilarious 6 year old boy(Calvin) and his adventures with his stuffed toy tiger(Hobbs).
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing to not love about Calvin and Hobbes.

Especially the snowmen.
Jan 06, 2012 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
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.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Because, come on. Who can say no to Calvin and Hobbes? I practically grew up on the duo, and my whole family loved him, me and my sibs and father would share these books. Fantastic art, and fantastic stories - both humorous and poignant, though I sure as hell am glad Calvin isn't my brother or kid.
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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Always a pleasure, always relatable.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all people and their dogs&cats
Shelves: babble-added, tandy
wisdom from the mouths of precocious babes (yeah, I know, really from some dude), hilarious, *love* all C&H collections ...more
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Love this! Read it. Over and over again.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now here's the Calvin and Hobbes collection to read during the Winter months! Calvin spends so much of his time wishing for winter to come, and it's finally here - complete with monstrous snowmen, snowball fights, and plenty of sledding mishaps! While Calvin revels in the glory of a 12 inch snowfall and warming up in front of the fire, the overall tone of the volume was a bit darker than some of the other collections. Not only does Calvin himself have a few moments where he laments the fate of t ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the theme is to be yourself
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2016 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
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Full of awesomeness. You'll never get fed up reading this book, even though you've read it ten times!
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread-book
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
Maria Lago
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Indispensable, indeed. The entire collection is pure gold. If only everything were as funny and touching as these comic strips... :/
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I can’t seem to get enough of Calvin and Hobbes these days and have been slowly making my way through all available collections at the library. I’m coming to really appreciate the different personalities of the secondary characters – the dad, the mom, Susie Derkins, Moe and Rosalyn. A lot of the content is also surprisingly still quite relatable in adulthood. How many times are we forced to do something we don’t want to do? How many times do we imagine we’re somewhere or someone else? Every morn ...more
Travis Jones
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes By Bill Watterson is a hilarious book about a kid named Calvin and his pet (stuffed) tiger, Hobbes, and the book are many comics about Calvin’s life and extraordinary imagination. I especially love the longer comic, because they usually funnier. I love how Calvin and his parents don’t cooperate good, I can compare with my parents because I’m the brattiest child out of my siblings. If I had the time, I’d probably read all the other books. All I can find for the ...more
Gillian Kevern
I loved Calvin and Hobbes and I'm almost certain I own this, but it is in storage and I haven't seen it in over a decade. I was surprised at how some comics stuck with me almost word for word, while some seemed entirely new. It's also really neat how spending so much time with my niece has added a new dimension to these comic strips. I really love how nuanced Watterson's work is!

Perfect antidote to a miserable head cold.
Gabe Matraia
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not read many comics books in my reading career. In fact I think I have read none, so my opinion may not be valid. I had a great time reading The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes. Throughout reading each story you developed a love for the relation of Calvin and Hobbes and wished it was real. Even though the whole time Hobbes was just a stuffed animal, the author did an amazing job bringing the character of Hobbes to life. I definitely recommend this book as a comic if you have never read o ...more
Victoria Miller
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually, I've had this (and some others) for years, and usually at least once a year I grab one and go through it again. A wonderful way to read the comics with coffee and a croissant on a Sunday morning! And give yourself a lot of smiles, a few chortles, and even a few LOLs!
Stephanie Ricker
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I realized that I owned this but had somehow never read the whole collection. CLASSIC. Reading these as an adult, I have a heck of a lot more sympathy for Calvin's parents, though. What a tiny terror.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I never got into Calvin and Hobbes as a kid, but it's good stuff!
Shayla Kopp
Cute as ever, you can't not love Calvin and Hobbes. This was a great collection of the comics!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoy Calvin and Hobbes no matter how many times I re-read it.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fun read, How can you not love Calvin... brings me back to reading Charlie Brown books under the covers with a flashlight. Sometimes my reading just has to be fun!!
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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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Calvin and Hobbes (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Weirdos from Another Planet! (Calvin and Hobbes #4)
  • The Revenge of the Baby-Sat (Calvin and Hobbes #5)
  • Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" (Calvin and Hobbes #6)
  • Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (Calvin and Hobbes #7)
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