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Title: Gargamel and the Smurfs by Peyo
Notable: Book #9 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series
A collection of four Smurfs stories featuring their archnemesis, Gargamel. Includes: “The Smurfnapper,” “A Smurf Not Like the Others,” “The Smurfs and the Little Ghost,” and “Sagratamabarb.”
I love the Smurf stories which feature Gargamel trying to take his revenge on the Smurfs. He’s such a lowdown creature and his plots never work, but he keeps right on trying!
The last story in this book is particularly interesting. Gargamel’s cousin, Sagratamabarb, comes to the village and tries to set up camp right next to Gargamel. He too is a sorcerer, but he’s actually on good terms with the Smurfs. Sagratamabarb was an intriguing character and I liked the warm relationship he had with the Smurfs. I’d like to see more of him, but I don’t think that’s very likely.
I would have rated this book higher, except for one little roadblock. In the last story Gargamel seeks help from the devil to overcome his cousin’s magic. He’s shown sitting inside a pentagram with lit candles and actually invoking the devil’s power. I’m not into my kids reading that, otherwise this would have been a 4-star review.
I recommend Gargamel and the Smurfs to fans of the Smurfs.
- Gargamel invokes the devil’s aid and is shown sitting inside a pentagram with lit candles during the ritual
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…