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Title: The Purple Smurfs by Peyo
Notable: Book #1 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series
This is the first book in the Smurfs Graphic Novels series. The main story is about how the Smurfs turn “rabid” and purple when stung by a particular insect. Papa Smurf discovers an antidote, but will he be able to keep it from spreading? Includes: “The Purple Smurfs,” “The Flying Smurf,” and “The Smurf and His Neighbors.”
Since I like to do things my own way, I read the first book in the series way, way out of order. Honestly, it didn’t make a lick of difference. The main story about the purple Smurfs is kind of strange. It reminds me a little of Lord of the Flies, with Smurfs basically becoming violent social misfits and spreading their toxic ways to others. Not a bad story line, but perhaps not what you’re expecting from cute little Smurfs.
The story about the Flying Smurf is really cute, too. That poor guy goes to so much trouble to fly and when he finally does, it’s too much for him to handle. This one strikes me as a classic Smurf story and it was my favorite in the book.
I recommend The Purple Smurfs to fans of the Smurfs. Even though this is the first book in the series, it isn’t necessary to read them in order. Be a rebel!
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…