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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A collection of comic
strips following the adventures of Calvin and his stuffed tiger
Hobbes.

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Reviews for Calvin And Hobbes (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition):

5

Jul 25, 2016



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.

I do not want my wife to have such a kid in the house. I want to be that kid rather.
We might consider a tiger instead.

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

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.

I do not want my wife to have such a kid in the house. I want to be that kid rather.
We might consider a tiger instead.

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. ...more
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Apr 15, 2008

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 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 it must: Calvin catches his tiger, Hobbes, in a trap using a tuna sandwich. The first thing I notice is that Calvin looks slightly different than his iconic look. His head is shaped a little differently and his hair is a little off. Other than that, all the winning ingredients are there, right from the get-go.

Another thing I notice right off the bat is the attention to detail in the backgrounds, particularly in the larger Sunday strips. Watterson put tons of effort into some of the scenes, effort he probably didn't need to, but it seems like he wasn't willing to phone it in like so many other cartoonists when it came to the little touches.

Most of the characters that appear throughout the life of the series are introduced in this volume: Calvin's parents, of course, the principal, Mrs. Wormwood, Rosalyn the babysitter, Moe, Susie Derkins, they're all here and fully realized. No Stupendous Man yet in this volume but Spaceman Spiff is all over the place. Also, Calvin plays a character called Safari Al, something I completely forgot about. Did Safari Al make any appearances after the first year? I also didn't remember Calvin being a Cub Scout.

Calvin tackles such menaces as going to school, monsters under his bed, stifling parents, babysitters, the school bully, trying new foods, and the biggest enemy of all for a kid: boredom. Calvin's powerful imagination reminds me of simpler times, when the daily grind of going to school was the only obstacle to pure freedom.

Now that I'm decades older, Calvin's parents strike a cord with me. You know his mother and father aren't where they want to be in life. Mom's stuck being the disciplinarian while Dad's clearly coasting, making shit up as he goes along, partly to amuse himself and partly because he doesn't know what else to do.

One of my favorites of the early strips is Calvin's mom making dinner and telling Calvin they're having stewed monkey heads.


While still in its formative years in this volume, it's easy to see why Calvin and Hobbes is still revered today. The stories are timeless tales of childhood and imagination. I think part of the reason people still talk about Calvin and Hobbes is because it went out on top. Bill Watterson wasn't content to churn out strips year after year just to keep the gravy train going.

While it isn't my favorite Calvin and Hobbes collection by a long chalk, even the greatest newspaper strip of the modern era had to start somewhere. It's a great beginning and still a lot of fun over three decades after the strips were originally published. 4.5 out of 5 stars. ...more
5

Apr 26, 2012

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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5

May 12, 2016

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 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 gets answered, but that Watterson isn't even interested in answering. Needless to say, the strip flirts with surrealism - to say nothing of sci-fi, superhero comics, and noir detective stories. Calvin's existential angst - a brilliant child trapped in the suburbs with no one who understands him - is hinted at here, but not as pronounced as it later becomes.

In this, the earliest collection, Watterson's drawing style is a bit more raw than it became, the characterizations are in mild flux, and the storylines and punchlines are less ambitious. But early C&H is much closer to later C&H than, say, '50s Peanuts is to '70s Peanuts. This book is probably where new fans should start, because they get introduced to Calvin's friends and family naturally, as if in the beginning of a novel.

C&H eventually gained an uncanny emotional depth for its medium, and the seeds of that are planted here. Read this book if you haven't already. ...more
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Dec 06, 2015

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 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 stays with him as his best friend.



Calvin's Mom is a housewife always carrying a headache caused by Calvin's activities. His dad works at an office and would glad to hear you if you come up with an idea of how to get rid of Calvin. Susie is the perfect girl, a girl whom all of you know from real life. Rosalyn occasionally works as Calvin's babysitter and is the only person Calvin fears. (There are Monsters too)

With all these characters present in a comic strip series, you are bound to have a good time reading it!

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Jul 08, 2016

Calvin is a fabulous kid with fantastic imagination and he has a stunning feature to drive mad everyone around.



5

Jan 04, 2012



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

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 illustrations are fantabulous!

Love Calvin and Hobbles always! : D

1 book done, 18 more books to enjoy!
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5

Jul 26, 2016



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

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 has failed you yet again. ...more
5

Feb 18, 2010

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 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 to amputate , are you? ARE you? ... What's that? Is that a shot? Are you going to... AAUGHH! IT WENT CLEAR THROUGH MY ARM! Ow ow ow ow!!! I'M DYING! I hope you've paid your malpractice insurance, you quack! WHERE'S MY MOM??!"

And his tiger-doll-slash-imaginary-friend Hobbes was just so adorable and wise (although probably it was Calvin who was "wise", since it came from Calvin's imagination).

Calvin: "I need help on my homework. What's a pronoun?"
Hobbes: "A noun that lost its amateur status."
(Silence)
Calvin: "Maybe I can get a point for originality."

But sometimes Calvin also had his more subdued moments:
Calvin: "Uh, Hobbes? .. I forgot to get you a present. I didn't even make you a card. I'm sorry, Hobbes. I didn't mean to forget."
Hobbes: "It's okay, little buddy. I didn't get you anything, either. But here's a tiger hug for being my best friend. Merry Christmas."
Calvin: "Not so hard, you big sissy. You squeeze my tears out."

It's a must-have.

By the way, reading about imaginary friend reminds me to "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends", in Cartoon Network. Love the show :)

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5

Aug 22, 2011

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
5

Jul 09, 2015






And, this is one of my favorites


5

Dec 02, 2015

"Childhood as it actually is" is the best definition of this book so far.
5

May 22, 2019

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!
5

Oct 01, 2018

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 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 a kid again and having endless summers and afternoons where I would play and play and hate doing homework and eating peas at dinnertime.
As an adult though, I also find the panels with the parents hilarious. They're so real and I see their struggles with raising an over-imaginative six-year-old (even though I'm nowhere near that stage myself).
Calvin and Hobbes comics are more than fun. They show you what life is about; living, learning, and laughing. And I loved every second of it. ...more
5

May 21, 2011

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 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 classmate, Susie, is an A+ student, who is basically the exact opposite of Calvin. These comics are nothing but pure comedy. ...more
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Jul 22, 2018

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.
5

Aug 22, 2014

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 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 woods at dizzying speeds or contemplating the meaning of life, Calvin and Hobbes are perfect together.

These early strips contain the characters we grew to love over the years: Susie, Moe the Bully, Calvin's teacher, and his parents. There is still plenty to come, but this initial book contains enough laughs to rekindle the joy of reading these for the first time. ...more
5

Oct 07, 2019

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As usual, Bill Watterson writes and illustrates the fantastic Calvin and Hobbes, capturing the very essence of childhood and the clashing personalities of boy and tiger. These original stories never get old, and this will always remind me those good ol' days. I will always admire this brilliant cartoonist.
5

Dec 28, 2012

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 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 precocious first grader battling mom and dad, teachers, little girls and bullies at every turn.

I own all of the books and when I reread them still laugh years later at the (mis)adventures of Calvin and Hobbes. Although it has been almost 30 years since those first strips began to appear in newspapers across the country, Calvin and Hobbes is still as relevant and poignant today as it ever was, because it dealt with ideas and storylines that are timeless.

So do yourself a favor, grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up with a boy and his tiger and enjoy the simple - yet funny life. And make sure to hold on to the sides of the wagon - the trip is a doozie! ...more
4

May 17, 2013

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 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 daydreaming, to get detention, and to have to take tests. In fact, it seems like just about any books or shows we read/watch, there is a lot about the soul-crushing aspects of school, so I guess that's a pretty common theme for kids. We talked about why Suzie is my favorite character, after Hobbes. Suzie is hilarious. ...more
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Feb 08, 2014

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.
5

Sep 12, 2016

Calvin and Hobbes are tow of the most likeable and characters you will fine in this fun advancer you will fined comady and lots of fun you rely need to read this book.
5

Jan 23, 2016

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
4

Nov 09, 2018

Read this as a challenge prompt for a Top Selling book the year you graduated from high school. It definitely holds up. Unfortuanately I am now relating to Calvin's parents rather than to him. Frowny face.
5

Oct 30, 2017

Easily among the most clever of comic strips, Watterson's cartoons of the boy Calvin and his imaginative ( real Tiger ) Hobbes was a treat to read daily and in this 127 page soft cover collection. All black and white strips. Great stuff!

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