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Calvin and Hobbes

(Calvin and Hobbes #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  142,842 ratings  ·  947 reviews
This is the first collection of the popular comic strip that features Calvin, a rambunctious 6-year-old boy, and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who comes charmingly to life.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1987 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published 1987)
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Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks

Strip after strip after strip.

Some books just win you over.

I too sleep with the baseball bat beside my bed to kill the monster lurking down it.

I wonder I still may not be old enough to not start doing this poll manipulation thing with my dad either.

With characters sketched up as well as these, you will be going out of your way not to give this one a 5 star.

Wonderful and addictive.

Did I say 5 stars already? Make that 5 stars plus one more for the timelessness captured.
Dan Schwent
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics, comics
Once upon a time, I was nuts for Calvin and Hobbes. I read it every Sunday morning and bought the first six collected editions. Once Bill Watterson retired, so did my interest in reading newspaper comics. Earlier this morning, I watched the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, which was great, and decided to check out the dog-eared, well-loved Calvin and Hobbes collections sitting on a shelf in my basement. As I write this, it's been easily 25 years since I cracked this puppy open.

The story starts as
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
This is what I got in my mail box to cheer me up while I used to study late in the winter.

Too stressed with your schedule and cold??

Have a Calvin break

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I reread this book about once a year, along with the rest of the Calvin & Hobbes series, because it is simply wonderful. Nobody can balance sincere wonder and biting snark quite like Bill Watterson...

For those of you who don't know (yes, such people exist) Calvin is the kid with the wild hair, and Hobbes is his loyal stuffed tiger. Whether Hobbes comes alive by magic a la the Velveteen Rabbit, or is but a figment of Calvin's (admittedly overactive) imagination, is a question that not only never
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-manga
If you want to appreciate the peace in your life better than you already do, want to realize and feel proud of its beauty, serenity and tranquility, then you have to read Calvin and Hobbes.

Calvin is a 6-year old super intelligent, humorous and lazy kid, a kid whom you never wish to meet. Because he uses his intelligence in making people's lives miserable! Not in an evil way, but a way not less than evil!

Hobbes is his stuffed tiger, calm, modest, sarcastic and funny who plays with Calvin and stay
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the comics fans
Calvin is a fabulous kid with fantastic imagination and he has a stunning feature to drive mad everyone around.

Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Who doesn’t love Calvin, the over imaginative, mischievous child, with his imaginary tiger friends Hobbes? His antics drive his parents to the brink of insanity and he loves pondering about his Captain Spiff fantasies during class. He is always either making excuses for not having the healthy (read: disgusting) food he has been served, or advocating children’s right to vote in crucial decision like bed time hours, or irritating his friends Susie.

Every page is funnier than the last one and the i

I don't know if I lived in a bomb shelter as a kid or was subject to a weird mind-altering device, but I don't remember ever reading Calvin and Hobbes. Like ever. And it's fantastic. The humor is totally smart and clever, and their friendship charming. It's funny how the parents really are the bad guys from Calvin's perspective, and we're not sure if Hobbes is real or imaginary. But I suppose if he's real to Calvin then he is real, isn't he?

Recommended for re-instilling optimism after the world
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I didn't read this as a child because I wouldn't have appreciated the insightful humour of this comic strip sufficiently.
This collection is full of witty, sarcastic but also clever and brilliant thoughts about all sorts of topics. They are funny when a 6-year old kid is spouting them. However I also really pity his comic parents. Calvin is a handful.

"There's no problem so awful that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse."

"If you can't win by reason, go for volume."

Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love it love it love it!
One of the best comics ever!
Although it's just another story about a super hyperactive small boy and his imaginary friend, you love Calvin so much because of his hilarious "know-it-all" comments. He trashed through house, to the point that his parents hoped that they had dachsund instead.

(Heard from the doctor's examination room):
Calvin: "Hey, doc, why are you rubbing my arm with cotton? Are you going to put a leech there? ... Are you going to bleed me? You're not going
Tatsuhiro Sato
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 🌟
Bill Watterson Is A Creative Genius.
Calvin and Hobbes is truly a masterpiece.
In past, I have read this comic strip in tid bits and knew its greatness but after completing this first volume, I understood why it is a timeless cartoon it is. Looking forward to volume 2 and more fun and exciting stories in the life of Calvin and Hobbes. 5 Stars is just a rating, its worth in the world of art is invaluable.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

And, this is one of my favorites

Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: re-reads, favourites
Love, love, LOVE this cartoon! Especially love Calvin's dad and his explanations!! Oh, and Hobbes when he gets on the subject of girls. <3 ...more
"Childhood as it actually is" is the best definition of this book so far. ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I left for my year-long adventure to London, my boyfriend and I exchanged our favorite books with each other, in the hopes that we would both read them while I was gone, and it would remind us of the other person.
I gave him The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
He gave me this one.
And I loved it. So much. I see so much of him within the comics and I see where he gets his imagination and wonder from. He's always loved Calvin and Hobbes and I totally see why. They're fun. They remind me of being
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This should be considered a Classic...
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Yes, please. All of my yes.
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think Calvin and Hobbes is the best comic of all time. I'm sure you've all heard of this, because Calvin and Hobbes has been around for a very long time. But for those who haven't read it, I say pick that comic book up right now! This book is comic strips about a six year old who hates school, homework, baths, his "evil" baby sitter, Rosalyn, and food his mother makes. Calvin's friend, Hobbes, is a stuffed tiger that comes to life when nobody is around except Calvin. His next door neighbor and ...more
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Aqsa by: Hallie
This sounds so sweet!
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this a lot! If you want to read something light hearted and interesting that won't really take too long to read then you should pick this book up! ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's been years since I've read any of the Calvin and Hobbes comics and when I stumbled across this first volume at the library, I couldn't help devouring it in one sitting. This book serves as an excellent reminder of why Calvin and Hobbes was so popular in its day and why it is so revered now: Bill Watterson created a brilliant and charming character in six-year-old Calvin. The little boy is hilarious and adorable, especially when his stuffed tiger Hobbes comes to life. Whether sledding in the ...more
Pallavi Sareen
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
See, this feeling. This 'I know I should have read this before' feeling that comes with reading a book or comic that is so good, (and you already know it is going to be so good) is such a confusing feeling. Because isn't all time the perfect time to read a perfect book or a comic?
I love unanswerable questions.
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooter: a series of comic panels starring a young kid Calvin and his stuffed toy tiger which is alive and kicking as per him.

Bill Watterson reminds me of RK Laxman common man. Leveraging a young brat protagonist to portray share his witty observations and social commentary on the way of life from an unconstrained perspective. He's battling monsters under in his bed one moment and contemplating live after death in the next. A woke adult would not provide the same sharp insights as Calvin and his
Carolyn Page
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest comic strips of all time.
Himanshu Karmacharya
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun little book containing the many adventures of Calvin, a hyperactive, mischievous and intelligent 6 year old boy, with his stuffed tiger, Hobbes.

The book is a collection of a number of comic strips, and they vary in range from being humorous to philosophical.

The artwork is very cute, especially the way he draws Calvin. He also manages to capture the emotions of the characters pretty well in his own cartoonish style.
Ray Smith
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-strips
Calvin and Hobbes became a favorite of mine back in the mid 80s. In black and white on the pages of the Indianapolis Star I followed the young boy - Calvin - an imaginative (understatement) 1st grader, and his often times alive, sometimes stuffed-tiger sidekick Hobbes, who very often was Calvin's conscience (yes, rarely listened to!).

Many of us can relate to the story of a young boy and his favorite stuffed animal going to far away worlds on other planets, to prehistoric earth, or just being a
Friend of Pixie
Logan carries around his best stuffed friend, Cuddles, who is a white tiger, so he and Calvin have something in common. Some of the stuff went over Logan's head and I had to explain it, but overall, lots of laughs. Logan's never been to school, so there was some unfamiliar territory there, but he watches Johnny Test, which has clued him in to all the school talk and the issues with school, so he gets why Calvin hates school. He knows what it means to be called to the principal, to be scolded for ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books never cease to entertain me - they are full of simple story lines which both reflect the simple pure outlook of a 6 year old and his imaginary pet tiger and poke satirical fun at grown ups outlook on families and life in general - they are great for lifting a bad mood and if you have kids yourself be warned these books warn of things to come trust me!
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes, and the first edition of the collections was no different. If ever I need to feel uplifted, and have a little chuckle to myself, then I can just go back to the child tearaway that is Calvin, and the imaginary friend I always wished I'd had that is Hobbes. My favourite cartoon series of all time, and a delightful first collection. ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My childhood favourite comic strip. Reading it nowadays brings you back to the feeling of endless summer days spent with your best friends... Real or imagined
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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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