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Title: Smurf Vs. Smurf by Peyo
Notable: Book #12 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series
In this book, we meet Gargamel’s cousin, Barbapapa, and the Smurfs engage in civil war! Includes “Smurf Vs. Smurf,” “The Painter Smurf,” “The Smurf Vacation,” and “Easter Smurfs.”
This is another average Smurf graphic novel. It’s not my favorite, but it did have one story in particular that was very interesting. “Smurf Vs. Smurf” is basically the Smurf version of civil war. The North and South Smurfs start fighting over how words should be said. Yeah, it’s that trivial. Papa Smurf goes to Gargamel for help to try and get the Smurfs to stop fighting. Papa Smurf and Gargamel switch bodies and Papa Smurf (who looks like Gargamel) returns to the village so that the Smurfs will unite against their common enemy.
The story trivializes the concept of civil war, and I’m certainly not defending it, but it’s usually started over something slightly more important than word usage. In using such an absurd example though, I think Peyo was trying to show kids that civil war is sometimes not justified.
I recommend Smurf Vs. Smurf to all of you who love reading about the Smurfs!
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…