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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

(Calvin and Hobbes #1-2)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  112,143 ratings  ·  868 reviews
Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created, Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor.

Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issu
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1988 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published 1988)
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August 7, 2011

Dear Bill,

Your decade long run of Calvin and Hobbes was the greatest run of any comic strip in the history of comic strips, and you made the right choice putting an end to it when you did. I can't believe it's been gone for 16 years now. Your precocious Calvin was what every kid with an overactive imagination is in their own heads, but you also gave us the view of what the rest of the world sees in these kids and does to try and beat the imagination out of them. There's implied sa
Kara Babcock
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read, humour, own, comics
My dad gave me this book Christmas 2009, and I prior to reading it last week, I had not experienced Calvin and Hobbes. Well, that isn't completely true. I had read one or two strips, I suppose. Seen other people reading it. But I hadn't experienced it. I had not sat down with a thick, luscious book full of Calvin and Hobbes strips, full of wonderful, pinpoint and intelligent humour.

When I did finally sit down, I fell in love. So to all my friends out there: how dare you not kidnap me and force-f
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-manga
My Parents swore upon their honor
That I was safe, and not a goner.
I guess tomorrow they'll see their sad mistakes.
Here lies Calvin, devoured in his bed by a monster....
If only we had treated him better....

Oh Boy, Calvin and Hobbes strike again.

I am laughing my heart out on this comic book. Calvin has it all. The imagination and work the author has dedicated to this series makes me jump with excitement and everything feels so adventurous once you read Calvin and Hobbes.

The Essential Calvin and H
Olivier Delaye
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, cute, perfect, and perfect again!
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Calvin and Hobbes were always two of my favourite characters that I was impatient for from Sunday afternoon until Monday's paper. Every day there was a new crazy or incredibly mature statement from Calvin and his adventures with Hobbes are unforgettable. My son was initially skeptical but after just one strip, he was an addict and could not get enough! The book is nice in that it has 6 strips from the comics of the Monday to Saturday comics in black and white and a full colour page from the Sund ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I would give this an A with a million plus after it if I could. As that's not the case, I'll give it an A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++! I think that's quite enough pluses to convey my feelings for the book and it's clear I'm not the only one who feels that way. In all seriousness, this is a magnificent book.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make. I started reading Calving and Hobbes comics because I saw my third grade crush reading them. I guess I should thank him, because once I started reading these comics, I didn't want to stop. My grandparents and parents bought me collection upon collection of Calvin and Hobbes comics. And while I didn't read the "normal" books that kids my age read, I think I had a great childhood reading these comics. They're funny, they're silly, and believe it or not, they can have s ...more
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
A quote for the reason of 5 stars:

"A day without laughter is a day wasted."- Charlie Chaplin
Amber Tucker
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Another review I just saw (almost totally unrelated ... oh well) reminded me I should give this five stars. I have loved C&H for years. One of my greatest disgusts with generally-sad newspaper comics is that Calvin and Hobbes are not there.

Chronicling the practically endless exploits of fine young Calvin, his stuffed (?!) tiger Hobbes, and occasionally others: Calvin's wartorn parents (especially his fabulously sardonic dad), the ever-sappy neighbourhood kid Susie, and long-suffering teacher Mi
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Somewhere own the street in a small house in a quite town lives every babysitter's worst nightmare. The dynamic yet meddlesome duo of the mischievous Calvin & the manipulative Hobbes. Calvin & Hobbes is a great, classic cartoon about a little boy, named Calvin, who goes on many wacky expeditions with his pet tiger, Hobbes. Everybody else sees Hobbes as a mere stuffed animal, but not Calvin. He sees Hobbes as a real tiger & a snarky one at that. Watch Calvin & his feline friend as they attempt da ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Went back to book from my childhood recently and found it as enjoyable as I did those many years ago (perhaps even more so). There was poignancy in Calvin & Hobbes I never even noticed when I was a kid. Lovely, funny, fantastic stuff. ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
But it IS essential.

Watterson called the Calvin and Hobbes treasuries "authoritative," "essential," and "indispensable" because they were, be said, none of those things.

I disagree, Bill. Calvin and Hobbes is food for the soul of the most nutritive kind. Take up and read.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 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. I must have for any library.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
4.5 stars

Great drawings..Absolutely hilarious.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Calving and Hobbes can make you go back to the childhood and do all these mischieves that Calvin does. He runs a riot when it comes to being the naughtiest kid. Thinking about what else there is to life? Look no more, Calvin and Hobbes take care of your philosophical and intellectual requirement and provide a lot of food for thought.
Brian Eshleman
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny with more than the occasional insight.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read in years but no question this deserves all 5 stars and a silver bullet.
There's nothing bad to be said about Calvin and Hobbes. A pleasure from front to back. :)
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Ah, to be a kid again.

I'll admit, it feels a little weird saying that given that it hasn't been that long since I was a kid and I'm pretty sure I'm not old enough to start reminiscing about uphill journeys in the snow before school. Still, I couldn't help but feel a sense of longing for the years of youth now gone by as I read this book. Very rarely did I read a page in the book that didn't make me think "I remember doing that" or "I remember thinking that's how the world worked". (The only time
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: humor, graphic-novels
I was always a Garfield kid growing up. The first things I actually remember reading as a child were Garfield books that you could get through the Scholastic newsletter -- named with obesity puns like Garfield Goes to Waist. I skipped right ahead to Zits as a teenager, and Dilbert as an adult office drone (as well as XKCD, Questionable Content, The Oatmeal, The Order of the Stick, and a number of other great web comics).

How exactly I missed Calvin and Hobbes I'm honestly not sure, but after see
Eduard Gafton
“The world isn't fair, Calvin."
"I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?”

Mr. Watterson has achieved an incredible feat here. Not only does he accurately describe what's like being a 6 year-old child, but he also manages to pose some serious questions and comments to how the world is shaped today. You shouldn't be put off by its apparent childish state of being, cause at many times, it is much more than that, if you only read between the lines.

He has also realised some of the most im
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I still remember the first time I read Calvin and Hobbes (one of the books that fueled my love for reading). I had snuck into my parents room to look for snacks and I found this book. For the next half hour, I sat there and read. Today, years and years later, I still read this book on a weekly basis. Thank you Bill Waterson for creating a masterpiece that in part lead me to the place I am now

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Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Calvin Rocks!!!
Ian Epp
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite comic
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Did you know this book is as old as I am? :)
Another book challenge completed.
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
by Bill Watterson, published in 1988.

Calvin and Hobbes is perhaps the best known comic strip of all time, even more so than Peanuts or Far Side. I’m a product of the eighties so maybe Bill Watterson and his creation are just part of my upbringing and I can’t help loving it.

But I don’t think anybody can deny the sheer genius of this comic strip, or the laughs and joy it has brought and will continue to bring to millions of people. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of reading “The Essential Calvin an
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I still remember that moment when his eyes began to glaze over. In all fairness, he had been at work all day, dinner was ready and I had already gone on for ten minutes. Which was a shame because I had finally reached the critical turning point. The Knights of Castle Dresser were looking down in despair at the surprise arrival of Roman legions in my model Dragonship. From the Eastern Hall they had sailed with their Viking crew to besiege the bottom drawer.

I’m sure it’s partly my fault my dad ha
Philip Whiteman
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh the endless bounties of insight that Calvin and Hobbes offers. There is only one reason why so many people have filtered into this page and others like it. Calvin and Hobbes resonates so profoundly with its readers due to its near perfect representation of the joys of adventure and discovery. To treat the series as an "escape" from reality does not do the strip justice. Like all artists, Watterson does not shackle us into his world. Rather, like a kind, older brother vigorously rousing his y ...more
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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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