John Dorf's Reviews > The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
45540136
's review

it was amazing

It simply doesn't get better than this for playful artistry. Calvin dances between cutting satire and existential crisis while dealing with his primitive imaginary tiger, Hobbes. He creates a character of himself constantly, reinterpreting what happens around him in the context of interstellar adventures, prehistoric capers, and simple reflections as he rides a sled down a snowy hill.

If you want an easy yet educational read, or if you want your child to be able to learn lots of new words without dealing with too much "adult content," this book is a perfect fit for you. Bill Watterson created a masterpiece of this, and it's influence on me cannot be understated.
4 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
December 31, 2017 – Shelved

Comments Showing 1-2 of 2 (2 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Do you think the names are an allusion to the pioneer in Christian theology and the political philosopher and every comic is really an in depth criticism of morality and power?


John Dorf Tyler wrote: "Do you think the names are an allusion to the pioneer in Christian theology and the political philosopher and every comic is really an in depth criticism of morality and power?"

I don't think they are direct allusions to the these thinkers, but I think they are a reference to how a little kid can have personal reflections on morality and power that mirror the same greater thought developments among philosophers.

It is a normalizing of philosophers, not an aggrandizing of a child and an imaginary tiger, if that makes sense.


back to top