Smurf Soup by Peyo

This post contains an affiliate link.

Title: Smurf Soup by Peyo

Notable: Book #13 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

In the main story, a giant named Bigmouth shows up on Gargamel’s doorstep and demands something to eat.  Gargamel feeds him, but when he’s eaten everything edible in the house and still wants more, Gargamel tells him he should try Smurf Soup.  Includes “Smurf Soup,” “Gargamel and the Crocodile” and “The Clockwork Smurf.”

My thoughts:

Bigmouth is a fun character and it’s fun to see the different ways the Smurfs try to pacify him while coming up with a plan to make Smurf Soup that won’t actually harm any Smurfs.  Papa Smurf’s plan is ingenious and it totally turns the tables on Gargamel and gets him in trouble with Bigmouth.

“The Clockwork Smurf” is another enjoyable Smurf story.  Handy Smurf builds a Clockwork Smurf to help him with work around the house, but Gargamel captures him and builds an evil replica.  This new Clockwork Smurf feeds the rest of the Smurfs a potion which turns them into ugly-looking little monsters.  Never fear — Papa Smurf cooks up an antidote and they give Gargamel a dose of his own medicine!

I recommend Smurf Soup to Smurf fans everywhere!

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

Advertisements

The Smurflings by Peyo

This post contains an affiliate link.

Title: The Smurflings by Peyo

Notable: Book #15 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

Here’s a collection of stories which feature the Smurf children, the Smurflings.  Includes: “The Smurflings,” “Puppy and the Smurflings,” “The Smurfs and the Little Ghosts,” and “The Smurfs and the Booglooboo.”

My thoughts:

This book is important because it shows us where the Smurf children came from.  At Father Time’s home three of the Smurfs get stuck in a clock whose hands are running backward.  When they emerge, they find that they’ve become younger and have the childish mindset to match.  These young Smurfs actually prefer their new existence and decide that they’d like to remain children.

Sassette comes into being when the Smurflings learn that Smurfette would really like some female companionship.  They steal Gargamel’s formula for making a female Smurf, take it back to the village, and secretly cook up another Smurf gal in Papa Smurf’s laboratory.

Those are my two favorite stories in the book.  For Smurf fans, you’ll want to read this one for sure because it explains the origins of the Smurf young ‘uns.

I recommend The Smurflings to fans of the Smurfs and to children who like cartoonish graphic novels.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

The Smurf Olympics by Peyo

This post contains an affiliate link.

Title: The Smurf Olympics by Peyo

Notable: Book #11 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

This is a collection of four stories which feature the Smurfs engaging in sporstmanlike pursuits.  Includes: “The Smurf Olympics,” “More Smurf Olympics,” and a bunch of one-page sports-themed comics.

My thoughts:

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of sports in general. Unless it’s badminton.  I’ll play badminton any day, all day.  I also act like I’ve lost about half of my brain cells when playing badminton, but that just makes for a more entertaining game.  Sadly, this Smurf book does not feature any badminton-playing Smurfs.

The main story is about Hefty Smurf and his dissatisfaction at not having any real competitors in his sporting endeavors.  He hits upon the idea of hosting a Smurf Olympics, but he has to help the other Smurfs get in shape first.  Most of them only give a half-hearted effort, but Weakling Smurf tries his best and ends up coming out on top in the end.  The underdog wins!

 

I recommend The Smurf Olympics to fans of the Smurfs and all things sports.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

Gargamel and the Smurfs by Peyo

This post contains an affiliate link.

Title: Gargamel and the Smurfs by Peyo

Notable: Book #9 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

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.”

My thoughts:

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.

Possible Objections:

  • 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…

Lori

Smurfs Monsters by Peyo

This post contains an affiliate link.

Title: Smurfs Monsters by Peyo

Notable: Unnumbered volume from The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

A collection of five Smurfs stories which feature monsters and/or wild creatures.  Includes: “Motro, the Forest Monster,” “The Golden Acorns,” “The Wild Carrots,” “The Ice Castle,” and “Bigmouth and the Lizards.”

My thoughts:

I thought this collection was just so-so.  The first story was a bit confusing because it brought in a new character (Mother Nature) and setting which I hadn’t seen before.  It seemed like the Smurfs weren’t really the main focus in that story.  I’ve come across other stories where the Smurfs are only involved tangentially, but I prefer the ones where they are the stars.

My favorite story from this collection is “The Wild Carrots.”  It’s such a humorous concept–carrots becoming overgrown and sentient when some of Papa Smurf’s potions are inadvertently dumped out on them while they’re growing in the ground.  The way they run on all fours to headbutt people looks so ludicrous!

Even though this isn’t one of my favorite Smurfs graphic novels, it’s still a fun read, especially for those who enjoy fantastical monsters.

I recommend Smurfs Monsters to fans of the Smurfs and to children.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori