“ Author: Matt Groening / Hardcover / 72 Pages / Book is published 2011-08-26 by Titan Books „
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My son and I often cuddle up on an evening and watch an episode of The Simpsons and my son really likes the show. When I saw The Simpsons annual in the book people for £2.99 I thought it seemed a perfect buy for my son.
The annual is a hardback book and around A4 size so it is pretty standard looking really. On the front of the annual there is a picture of what looks to be a happy Simpsons family embracing but then you notice Homer strangling Bart in his typical "why you little....." way that fans of the show will be familiar with! This really amused my son as we hadn't initially noticed this when we first looked at the book so it is done in quite a clever way! The book has a RRP of £7.99 but can obviously be purchased much cheaper than this.
I think that I was expecting something completely different than what we got with this book. The book is basically just a comic book with around six or so cartoon strip stories featuring characters from The Simpsons. As it is an annual I expected that there would be a quiz or a word search or other interactive things in amongst the cartoons like with other annuals we have had in the past but there is nothing at all like that which I feel is a real shame.
My son and I have spent some time looking through the book with me reading some of the stories to him but if he is looking at the book independently he soon gets bored as I think the pages are a bit busy looking and so difficult for him to understand as he hasn't really come across comic stories before. I would certainly say that the annual is more suited to an older child.
Despite my issues with the annual I do think that it seems a good quality book. The pages are thick and the pictures are glossy and colourful. Also within the book we see a good mix of characters with their even being a short one page comic story from itchy and scratchy! The comics are quite long and span out over a good few pages for the most part and I think this is why my son loses interest quickly too as it is all a bit much to take in for him. There is plenty of variety in the comic stories though with regards to the characters we see so there are ones which focus on The Simpsons family mainly whilst others may be about Homer, or the children alone.
I do think that for children perhaps aged from eight upwards the book would be a hit as they could follow the comics easier than my six year old. I will keep hold of the book as it may be something that my son grows in to however for me this year it was a wasted purchase which I think would have not been the case had it contained some puzzles and quizzes as an example.
Thank you for reading my review!
My sister has always quite liked The Simpsons, and has been watching it on Channel 4 every day at 6pm for quite a while now. So, when my mum was looking for Christmas Presents for her and she was looking at the annuals section like she does every year, she purchased the Simpsons as a part of the 3 for 2 offer that was going on. The recommended retail price is £8, but it was about £4 then, but I think the price has increased since then in stores but decreased online.
The front cover of the album features a clear image of the Simpsons family, with all of them in a loving hug except for Homer who is doing his usual thing of strangling Bart. This is something that occurs within the show quite often, and fans of the show will easily be able to spot it amongst the other annuals available.
This annual is similar to the Beano annual, as it doesn't have activities or factsheets for the reader to focus on or complete. It simply contains a lot of comic strips, similar to the format of the Simpsons Comics. Some are quite short, whereas others are quite long. This is a comic strip that is great for occupying a couple of hours, however I would say only purchase it for those who have a basic reading skill as they can get a bit wordy.
The comic strips included throughout this annual all include our favourite Simpsons characters, ranging from Homer to Comic Book Guy. They each get into a variety of adventures, and all of them have the same humour as the TV show. There are some real laughs in these comics, and all the drawings are as well done as they are in the TV show. Both the characters and environments are drawn with great detail and care.
Overall, this annual would be a great gift for anyone who is a fan of the Simpsons as this annual is exactly the same format as the Simpsons Comics and TV shows. Each of the comic strips that are in this annual are really funny, well detailed and drawn to a great standard.