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Title: Doctor Smurf by Peyo
Notable: Book #20 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series
When Papa Smurf is too busy in his laboratory to tend to the health needs of the rest of the Smurfs, one of them decides to take on the roll of Doctor himself. The new Doctor Smurf prescribes whichever potions suit his fancy, writes sick notes for all of the Smurfs, and generally causes a complete breakdown of the Smurf way of life. It’s up to Papa Smurf to put things to rights and take over again as the physician for the Smurf village.
When I saw that the library had a line of these Smurf graphic novels, I was over the moon! I never even knew that they existed! In my bid to finish my reading challenge by the end of the year (which I’m not certain I’ll accomplish), I’m reading more graphic novels. Kind of a cop-out, but a fun cop-out nonetheless.
This story is playful and lighthearted as you’d expect any Smurf story to be. It doesn’t contain anything really profound, though it does make you think a bit about hypochondria and the over-prescription of medication. I’m sure that would be lost on a child reading the story. My one criticism is that I think the world “Smurf” is overused. In the show they use it to mean any number of things, and I totally get that. It’s part of what makes it so charming, but when the word is used so much that you have difficulty understanding parts of the story, that’s a sign that you might want to hold back on that next “smurf” you’re going to substitute. Just my two cents. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more Smurf graphic novels.
I recommend Doctor Smurf to kids and adults alike who are fans of the Smurfs.
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…