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MUST READ: Scientific Progress goes ?Boink?

This book stands out as one of the best collections of strips featuring the cute Calvin and his pet-tiger toy Hobbes.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:38 IST

Scientific Progress goes “Boink”
Bill Waterson
Price — Rs 320
Publication — Andrews and Michael

For those of you who are not avid readers and fans of Calvin and Hobbes, this is a treat. This sounds like the least likely line to begin a review with.

But, as a matter of fact, this sixth book in the series by cult favourite Bill Waterson is actually going to enthrall the non-readers. For fans, is a hilarious, adorable and another highly readable C&H book.

Published in 1991, it stands out as one of the best collections of strips featuring the cute Calvin and his pet-tiger toy Hobbes. Calvin has a maniacal personality whereas Hobbes is his calm, practical and close to his alter ego.

There are many good strips in this book. The concept of Calvinball is introduced in the book and features one of the extremely funny strips. For instance, the one where Calvin begins to grow uncontrollably.

Then, there is the story where he attempts to play on the baseball team (which he obviously doesn’t excel at). He also turns his cardboard box into a time machine, and uses it to travel back to the Jurassic era.

The name of the book comes from the story in which Calvin makes the same cardboard box into a duplicator (the button makes a “boink” sound, prompting Hobbes to utter the phrase that makes up the title).

For a lot of readers, the concept behind the boy and his toy is well known. It is also known that for the people unfamiliar with the strip, the first word that pops up is ‘weird’ or abstract.

Previous books by Waterson gives a background, not just about the concept but also to every strip. This book has nothing of that sort. The reader, first timer or an avid one, is delighted at first, then engaged and finally made curious.

So, one has to start reading it all over again to understand every aspect of C&H. The diversity of the strips helps further. Truly, a collector’s item.