Book Review – Calvin and Hobbes (There’s Treasure Everywhere)
This review is a good example of where a student has read at a deeper level. He has engaged with the humour and surface story-lines but at the same time has seen beneath this to some of the underlying themes and intentions of the graphic writer.
Calvin and Hobbes, There’s Treasure Everywhere is a very interesting and humorous book for the following reasons:
There’s Treasure Everywhere is a very interesting book because through the character Calvin, Bill Waterson shows his perception on the world. For example, Calvin often starts talking about American politics or about TV commercials. One example is when Calvin is watching TV, he sees the adverts come on and once they are finished he calls his mum and says that he didn’t know about any of the stuff in the adverts, so he has got to have all of it to try it! I think the author is trying to portray how some adverts are hypnotic; they MAKE you want what they are advertising. I think he was also trying to show children’s reactions to adverts and how unsuspecting they are and how much they will nag you to get it. This is one reason why There’s Treasure Everywhere is an interesting and humorous book.
Furthermore, There’s Treasure Everywhere is a very humorous book because whilst the author is trying to show the world though their eyes, he makes it easy reading by making it humorous. Using this technique he manages to get across his thoughts and keep people reading and enjoying them. For example, throughout the whole book it shows how having a vivid imagination can be very lifelike and funny. He also shows how some people are too clever for their own good, or are smarty-pants, are quite funny but annoying. He puts this across in an extremely funny way. One example of a funny scene about Calvin having a vivid imagination is when he is eating, and his food gets up and starts reciting the main speech in Hamlet, suddenly it stops! Calvin blinks twice and then suddenly the food is up again singing “Feeeelings!” In the next frame Calvin has eaten it in one go! This is why There’s Treasure Everywhere is an interesting and humorous book.
For these reasons Calvin and Hobbes, There’s Treasure Everywhere is a fantastic book which is humorous and interesting.