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The Days Are Just Packed

(Calvin and Hobbes #8)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  22,139 ratings  ·  278 reviews
Zounds! Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man, the ferocious tiger Hobbes, and the rest of Calvin's riotous imagination are all included in The Days Are Just Packed.

Calvin, the self-proclaimed "Boy of Destiny," continues to save the universe with his alter egos, Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man, at least until Miss Wormwood or his mother bring him back to reality. Susie, Calvin'
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"There's Venus, there's Mars and there's Jupiter.

And I'm stuck here."

A delightful and light-hearted read, particularly for these strange, uncertain and despairing times!

Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I just called to let you know it’s a perfect day outside."

“The Days Are Just Packed” simply confirms for me something I already knew. Bill Watterson is a genius. And that is not an understatement. He is a great writer (he could have written novels, as the text to these comics makes clear) a wonderful storyteller and an amazing visual artist! I appreciate him more and more every time I return to Calvin and Hobbes, because they hold up so well.
This collection has many highlights, among them a sto
Book Worm
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book of wisdom should be in every English teacher's bookshelf. It is full of philosophy, interesting play on words, wit and humour.
Nary a year goes by when I don't use it in my lessons. It has been my companion for over ten years now and is quite tattered now. I simply love this compilation.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reading this as an adult was revelatory. Of what, I can't exactly say. But I was at a friend's home, in a strange city that will soon be my home, and I couldn't sleep. I picked up this book, and realized that it really isn't meant for children. Or, at least, not just for children. I read all of Watterson's books when I was a kid, and I now know how much I missed, and how much I absorbed.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
So good! Read it. You will be glad you did.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
This is the first Calvin & Hobbes book I've purchased since elementary school. Back then, my parents would give me an allowance whenever the Scholastic Book Catalog was passed around the classroom and I would almost always buy a Calvin & Hobbes collection. My parents encouraged me to read something of value when I could, so they'd talk me out of sticker books and lesser kid titles like Captain Poopbutt & His Wacky Goof Smile Crew or some shit. This was fine, since I always tried to read at a hig ...more
Laura Harrison
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The shock I felt upon learning Bill Watterson was discontinuing his Calvin and Hobbes series has never left me. I needed those comics. They weren't just funny they were touching and so very clever. Today's comics and graphic novels have not come close to the feelings, emotions and intelligence Watterson was able to convey in a few short panels. Hopefully Watterson will return to us in full force. The world needs him more than ever.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-read
When you're trying to alleviate daily stress allow Calvin and Hobbs to provide pure joy into your life! I laughed out loud on buses, subways, coffee shops, and park benches. I felt wonderful and that's what it's all about. All Hail, Bill Watterson!
From spaceships and interplanetary hideous monster beasties, to creeping around the backyard the fun is never in short supply.

These witty comics about the 6-year old Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, named after the famous philosophers, will amuse people of all ages. The perceptiveness and humor of Watterson deserve the highest of cartoon awards, while his artistic creations exude hilarity. This cartoon is perhaps one of the most piercing yet funny critiques of modern society.

This book is exc
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Calvin: Bugs fly in such crazy loops and zigzags. I wonder why they don't get dizzy and barf.
Hobbes: Maybe they do!
Calvin: Eww, gross! Ha ha ha! But then why would they keep flying that way?
Hobbes: Maybe bugs like to barf!
Calvin:Ewww! They would!! Ha ha ha ha! Blaugh!
Calvin: I tell you Hobbes, it's great to have a friend who appreciates earnest discussion of ideas

Just pure dead perfection. Ideal stress relief.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really like this one too. Some of them I vaguely remeber reading some of them, and my mother told me that we used to own it (personally I think we borrowed it) and that she doesn't know what happened to it. I was showing my dad it and he laughed at some of them and when I left it in the car and went to go get something with my mother, he was reading it, he tried to put it back on my seat before I got back, but he was intensely reading a strip. I took it from him and read the last of it. It was ...more
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Michael by: Was left at my house
This was the 1st C&H book I read. My best friend was home on leave (US NAVY) & left it at my apt. I picked it up and could not put it down. This is a laugh out loud funny book.
For a book to make me laugh out loud when I am by myself... that is FUNNY!! If this doesn't make you laugh, then you have NO sense of humor. Some are so funny you will cry. Highly recommend!
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The loveliest cover of all! The back cover is so sweet too!

From this volume my favorites are the time travel stills, when three Calvins are present at the same time. And I love the snow sculptures that brightly show Calvin’s genius.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
How can you go wrong with Calvin and Hobbes?

175 pages of fun and philosophy, told through the eyes and imagination of a six year old and his pet tiger. I don't think you can go wrong starting Calvin and Hobbes with any volume, and this is definitely a good place to start.
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.
Evan Dresser
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The cover says it all, but I will say more, anyway. Calvin and Hobbes explores thought and emotion in a way very few comics ever have. And it's the dream of still being a kid in an adult world. And it's just great.
Mary Catelli
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, comic-strips
An allusion to summer. There are other days, of course, where various ploys do not get him out of homework, the valiant attempt to get the story he is meant to write by time traveling, and a good number of gag-a-day comics.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hurray for laughter! Our family really loves Calvin and Hobbes. Some cartoons are just too true to real life; somehow that makes them hilarious.
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
A cartoon book of course. What can I say? I love me some Calvin and Hobbes.
Sarah Rose
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I always learn something new from Calvin, Hobbes, Suzy, and the parents. Always good for a laugh too!
Serenity Kosorok
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the Calvin and Hobbes books! they're so funny. Whenever I read them, I laugh out loud. I recommend this for people who like to laugh.
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The stories of Calvin and Hobbes make me laugh so hard that I cry. My favorite cartoon ever! Wonderful!!
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Calvin and Hobbes. This is one of the best comic strips ever written. Calvin and Hobbes will make you laugh every time.
Eirini Robin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!
the irony and humour regarding today's manipulative function of our consumer society and ethics are presice and indisputable ^__^
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
Humorous. Witty. Interesting. Insightful. Hilarious.
There is nothing as good as this series. I would like to read this every month.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
One of the best comic strips ever created. Love these two and all their adventures, and I now sympathize with poor Calvin's parents. :D
Jun 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Ah, Calvin and Hobbes. Is this Bill Watterson's idea of childhood? His actual recollections?

I think Calvin would be happier if he were homeschooled, but I don't think his poor mother could handle it. What are we to do with kids who would rather be raised by wolves, or in this case, tigers?
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The snowmen are perfect pieces of philosophical art.
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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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