There’s not much that can be said about this seminal comic strip that hasn’t already been said by people smarter than me. Quite simply, it is a masterpiece.
Watterson made us laugh and think every day for over ten years, and he is still doing it with kids today who have never heard of it before beyond those truly obnoxious “Calvin Peeing” images.
At its most basic, Calvin and Hobbes is about a boy named Calvin and the adventures he has with his anthropomorphic tiger friend, Hobbes, who everybody else sees simply a stuffed toy tiger.
Calvin clearly has a very healthy imagination, using it to go back in time be a dinosaur, or visit far-off planets, but he and Hobbes also discuss important issues of the day, like politics, environmentalism, public education, and even philosophical issues.
Calvin and Hobbes are so named because of John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes, after all (and if you don’t know who they are, shame on you! go look them up on Wikipedia; we’ll wait). The Calvin and Hobbes strips are available in multiple collections, but I would strongly recommend splurging and picking up the The Complete Calvin and Hobbes slipcase edition.
It’s available in both hardcover and softcover, but that hardcover is just beautiful.
There are other comics for kids your child would enjoy too - like Akiko, Johnny Boo, Tiny Titans, PS238, etc. Stop looking down on all comics and find the ones that are great for you!
with permission from Monsters Under the Bed