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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Matt Groening, Ray (Edt) Richmond, Antonia (Edt) Coffman / Edition: 1 / Paperback / 256 Pages / Book is published 1997-11 by Harperperennial Library / Alternative title: The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family

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      30.07.2010 18:39
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      Essential for fans

      This is the first of many large 'The Simpsons' books which provide information about individual episodes. Most episodes in the book receive a page each, where as some get a double page spread. This volume starts at the very first Christmas special episode 'Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire', all the way up to 'The Secret War of Lisa Simpson' which is the final episode of Season 8.

      This is not a story book, and doesn't contain any storys, comics, drawings etc - just very interesting information. Every episode page includes a description of the plot, memorable quotes, things that you might not have noticed and many have a column describing more about a character that is introduced in that episode. Every episode is in order of airdate and there is also a contents page which is broken up into seasons so you can quickly find what you are after. A slight problem and possible by biggest greivance with the book is that there is page numbers throughout the book, but these aren't given on the contents page so you can spend sometime looking for a particular episode.

      Also included is some bonus information, this includes a wide variety of things like profiles of the main family members, an index page featuring everything you could ever think of and season dividers with interesting things like when Homer says D'oh!

      This book is from the time when the internet wasn't as abundant as it is today so would have been a lot more popular when it was released, since all the information within it can easily be found on the internet. For fans however, buying this is still a must to always have the information on hand, and so you can own one of the most popular 'The Simpsons' books. The version I have is paperback which has gotten very tatty over time, but this shows how much I have enjoyed reading it over the years. It now comes in a hardback version however.

      If you are a fan of the show, then you should really enjoy this book. But remember it's not a story book, so might not appeal as much to the kids. To date, 3 more similar books have been released which contain similar content but the following episodes. Currently, these following guides cover up to Season 14.

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        28.07.2010 18:58
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        A great book for all SImpsons fans

        The simpsons - twenty one seasons and counting. That's a lot of episodes, and a lot to keep track of. But the Guide to Our Favourite Family helps us there.

        The book is, essentially, an episode by episode guide to the show, detailing all kinds of different references, quotes some of the funniest jokes of the episode and has countless other features, too. With each page, a new episode, and with it is the couch gag that featured at the start, as well as the Bart Simpson black board joke, too.

        On each page there's a different character profile, detailing some of Springfield's most beloved, famous and sometimes bizarre characters. My favourite parts are when they list all the little references and subtle hidden jokes which we may have missed the first time around.

        The book is about 160 pages long, so not incredbily big, but it does detail a lot of the episodes. It was published in 1997 so while not the most recent of episode guides, it does detail the old ones, and the classics - or, rather, every episode from the first eight series.

        Sure it serves no real practical purpose, but it's a great load of fun to read. It is what it is: a guide to one of the funniest, original and laugh out loud crazy shows in recent time.

        Packed with screen grabs from the show and loads of illustrations, each full colour page is brimming with Simpsons trivia, facts, quotes and gags. A must have for the Simpson aficionado.

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        08.02.2010 13:39
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        A must have for Simpsons fans

        This book is a must for any Simpsons fan. It is a guide to every Simpsons episode in the first eight seasons of the the show. Each episode has a page, or occasionally two pages, dedicated to it. The book gives you a brief synopsis of each episode and information such as guest stars, release date, quotes, the blackboard joke for the episode and jokes you may have missed. Also each page features a short fact sheet on one of the background characters.

        The episodes are in chronological order and between each season is a two page feature with different info such as couch jokes, Simpson shorts, list of Homer's D'oh!s and a list of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons.

        This really is a great book for a real Simpson's fan. No other book will give you such comprehensive coverage of each Simpson's episode. The book is purely about the show and is not intended to give any information about how The Simpson's is made or any other background information on the show.

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        18.05.2008 18:22

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        Great book for Simpsons fans, full of great information

        This book holds a special place in my heart. When it was released I bought it for my late uncle as he was a huge Simpsons fan. I had the chance to have a flick through this book just a few weeks ago and I still can't believe how much detail is in this.

        It generally covers Seasons from one through nine, with details of every episode featuring funny quotes from each episode. A brief synopisis explaining what each episode was about. Any guest stars are pointed out and theres even a did you notice section for die-hard fans.

        At 95 pages long this can be read pretty quickly however you'd be surprised at how many times you'll look att his book, if you're trying to kill time on a train journey or a flight then this book is ideal, sure you may have read it before and yes you may already know everything in the book but it's so beautifully presented and printed that you won't tire of reading it.

        Full of great information and crammed with extras such as Musical influences and Chalkboard gags. This would be ideal for any Simpsons fan and is availible now for pretty cheap. If you like the simpsons then what are you wating for? Get it now!

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        29.07.2007 21:25
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        This 'book' shows info of all episodes and extra stuff like songs in episodes.

        The simpsons Forever (a complete guide to our favorite family continued) is a great book RRP £9.99 (purchased from Waterstones)
        95 pages long, including indexes etc. Created by Matt Groening and edited by Scott M. Gimple.
        Published by HarperCollins Entertainment

        Cover shows bart holding a book of the simpsons a complete guide to our favorite family (see picture at the bottom)
        This book includes all new more characters, episodes and secret jokes you might have missed in episodes.
        The book is full of details of couch gags, chalkboards, guest stars, lots of simpsons musical moments, Troy McClure tribute.

        Has exclusive season 10 news of upcoming episodes.

        A typical page in the book shows an episode title, details of what happened and the story line, followed by comments from characters, things you may have missed and the chalkboard gag. On the side of every page is details of a (new) character featured in the programme, eg. who they are, what they do, and how they behave etc showing their quote in a speech bubble.
        Each page has great pictures from the episode in context and makes this more of a magazine than a book, a story book has a beginning middle and end, this just has episodes on every page and details as well as the items mentioned above like Musical moments in the simpsons.- An example is ' do the bartman' this page has pictures of bart dancing the bartman all around the page and the lyrics of the song/script of the programme where bartman is featured in the middle.

        Overall if you are a simpsons fan you will love this book, skimming through the pages at the different episodes is great. I find its better if you have actually seen those episodes yet to read about them etc. Than if you have already seen them.

        I personally enjoyed reading this book in a lengthy car journey (1 hour) after checking the book out once i don't think I'd read it again, though true simpsons fans probably would - This book helped me try and find which simpsons episodes i really wanted to watch and that looked/sounded interesting. As Simpsons is a cartoon the pictures in the book is the best thing about the book along with quotes.

        'No true Simpsonologist's education will be complete without this splendorous well of springfieldian knowledge!'

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          01.06.2003 21:26
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          As well as being an ace TV programme, 'The Simpsons' has had many spin-off products. With merchandise ranging from food products (crisps, cereal) to t-shirts and mugs, there is pretty much everything available. But books relating to the series have appeared over the years, and one of the best of those is this. Titled 'A Complete Guide to Our Favourite Family', this is a book that actually contains more than you'd expect. Most of the book is an episode guide to 'The Simpsons, giving details and plot summaries of all episodes from 'The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' in 1989 (season 1) to 'The Secret War of Lisa Simpson' in 1997 ( season 8). If you wanted to learn more about episodes of 'The Simpsons', or just wanted to find out more about the show, this is a good start. But this book is definitely more than just that! After an introduction, there is a section on all five main characters' profiles - here details are given on each of them (individually), including age, weight and things they are best known for. Then the guide begins analysing each episode (by season, and in chronological order). It is safe to say that this book is very informative, and a great guide to loads of episodes of 'The Simpsons'. Every episode examined is given a synopsis (with the general plotlines explained), and some other bits like 'things you may have missed' and some of the best quotes from the episode are looked at. There's also a minor character (who appears in a specific episode) profiled on the page containing the episode they appear in. This is useful, as it lets you find out about the other characters who feature in 'The Simpsons'. Between each season there is a double page with information not talked about in the pages about each episode (this is also done to mark the beginning of a new season). These include: - 'Homer says 'D'oh!..' (
          where and when Homer says his trademark catchphrase). - 'Homer says 'Mmm..' (when, where and why Homer says 'mmm' throughout 'The Simpsons). - 'Couch gags' (the various short scenes at the beginning of each episode when you see the Simpsons go into their lounge and something happens to them, usually involving thier couch). - 'Seen Around Springfield' (posters, signs and other bits seen on different episodes). - 'An Itchy & Scratchy Filmography' (a guide to every Itchy & Scratchy episode seen in various episodes of 'The Simpsons' - Bart and Lisa are avid fans of this, by the way!). - 'Who Does What Voice' (a very comprhensive guide to who does the voices of the different characters in 'The Simpsons'). - 'Merchandising, Thy Name is Krusty' (the products and services Krusty the Clown has lent his name to over the course of the show). All of these are very useful and provide a good insight into the topics they cover. There is even an index that allows you to find something specific in the book - absolutely anything in the book. This is a great feature, as you can find something even fans of 'The Simpsons' might regard as obscure or too minor to be credited in this way. Although the guide only goes as far as Season 8, it still provides a great insight to episodes of 'The Simpsons' over an eight-year period. Overall, this is a great guide to one of the best TV shows ever - it really is hard to fault the content and style of this book. It does 'The Simpsons' a lot of justice with plenty of detail and factual information, and shouldn't dissappoint even the most hardcore fans of the show. 'The Simpsons' has proved to be popular with all ages, which means this book is suitable for anyone - if you like 'The Simpsons', you'll love 'A Complete Guide To Our Favourite Family'
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            16.03.2003 02:00
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            'A complete guide to our favorite family' is a useful book for both fans of the Simpsons, and for casual viewers, as it contains plenty of information that would keep both happy. It's one of the only comprehensive guides to nearly everything you need to know about the Simpsons! It has a nice layout, and is very colourful, so it will appeal to Simpsons fans of all ages. The book opens with an introduction to each individual Simpson family member, before telling you how the guide works. There's also a short section devoted to the very early Simpsons short episodes. The book then devotes 1-2 pages to each individual episode, starting with ones from Season One, and finishing with episodes from Season Eight; it covers episodes from 1990-1997. Each episode has a fairly sizeable description about the plot, as well as show highlights, quotes, scenes, shots from the episodes, the blackboard gags, and information about the stuff you may have missed. There's plenty to read and look at, and at the side of nearly every page, there's a small column dedicated to a character who features in that episode only, or one who features regularly as a background character. The information given about each character is quite sparse, but still interesting and informative. Some of the charcters profiled this way include Mr Burns, Comic book Guy, Ned Flanders, Patty and Selma, Smithers, etc. Each individual season is split up by short sections with addtional information about the Simpsons; these include 'Homer says "Mmm"...', the Couch gags, an Itchy and Scratch filmography, and 'Who does what voice'. Again, all this is fairly informative and interesting. There's also lots of other information about the episodes, including the original air dates, and who wrote each episode, but some of this info is a little unnecessary! Overall, 'A complete guide to Our Favorite Family' makes a useful boo
            k to have at hand if your a Simpsons fan, as it's particularly useful for looking up bits of information, or to remind yourself of quotes from the show. Overall, it's a nice book to read, and i would recommend it to nearly everyone, especially to all Simpsons fans!

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              12.01.2003 04:15
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              This is an extremely interesting book which takes you into the lives of the simpsons through the creator Matt Groening. This is a superb guide of your favorite dysfunctional family. On the first couple of pages in explains The simpson family (Homer. Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Magggie) in great detail, for example their height and weight. On the next two pages in describes all 48 simpsons shorts witch apperead in America on the Tracy Ullman show. They were a two minute sketch witch has only aired in America. The animation for these were very poor because Matt Groening drew them quickly because he thought they would neaten them up for him. Anyway these were like the pilot episodes to the simpsons, if you will. After that, it describes every episode through season 1-8 in great detail, and has little sub sections on each page, for example; show highlights, Movie moments, and the stuff you may have missed. In between each season to break them up a bit there is even more info here are two of them, couch gags-this describes every couch gag witch is at the start of the episode and witch episode it comes from. And who does what voice-the title really says it. This was the first book of the series. The next one is titled "The Simpsons forever" and this one describes each episodes from season 9-10. And the third book witch has just come out is called "The simpsons Beyond Forever!" and this one describes episodes from season 11-12. Anyway if you love the simpsons you would be mad to miss this.

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                27.02.2002 01:09
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                This book is the most comprehensive guide to "The Simpsons" that I've ever come across. Sure, it has some weak points (explained further on), but if you're a real fan you won't let that put you off. On the first two pages, there are detailed profiles on each of The Simpson family (excluding Grampa and Patty, Selma etc...) This is very informative, giving you all kinds of additional info that you might not of known about your favourite cartoon characters! On the next page, there is a brief episode guide on "The Shorts" (the original Simpsons which featured on the "Tracey Ullman" show. After that, there is a superb episode guide to series 1-8. Although it is very outdated, it contains masses of information on each episode, with features such as "Show Highlights" "Stuff You May Have Missed" "Movie Moments" and even parts of the script! On the side of the pages, there are detailed (but not really long) profiles on various characters from the show, including most of the regulars (Milhouse, Krusty etc..) and some one episode people (Michael Jackson, Laura Powers etc..) In between each series (or season as it's often referred to), there is even more classic Simpsons info that'll boost your knowledge right up. The special sections are (the names speak for themselves) Homer says "D'oh!" Homer says "mmm.." Couch Gags Seen Around Springfield Itchy And Scratchy Filmography Who Does What Voice Thy Name Is Krusty (a list of products under Krusty's brand seen in the show). So, although it is 5 series' out of date, this book is a MUST HAVE for all Simpsons fans! You might also like the next edition to this book which was released in December 1999. It contains information on series 9 and 10, plus features lyrics to "Simpsons songs" and a dedication gallery
                to Troy McClure. Stay tuned for Volume 3, coming soon!

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