The Smurfs and the Howlibird ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 2011/5/10
Roland Goossand, popularly known as Gos, is a Belgian comics creator who was a frequent collaborator of Peyo's and wrote several Smurf stories. Gos also wrote for the comic "Spirou" and launched his own comics titles in Belgium in the 1970's including "The Scrameustach."
Peyo created The Smurfs in his comic strip "Johan and Peewit". Peyo wrote and drew over 8 extremely popular titles in Europe throughout his storied career. In 2008 the country of Belgium celebrated what would have been his 80th birthday by issuing a 5 Euro coin featuring his creation, The Smurfs.
- 出版社 : Papercutz; Media tie-in版 (2011/5/10)
- 発売日 : 2011/5/10
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 56ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1597072605
- ISBN-13 : 978-1597072601
- 対象読者年齢 : 7 - 10歳
- 寸法 : 16.56 x 0.56 x 22.94 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 541,989位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Notably Smurfette doesn't appear in this version of the story, as this was written during a time when Smurfette was introduced as a guest appearance in the Smurf comic books and wouldn't become a permanent resident among the Smurfs until "The Baby Smurf". However, Gargamel does have a small appearance in the story, which the cartoon show episode wisely avoided as his appearance doesn't really add anything to it.
While the story is entertaining, my least favorite part of it in either English edition (Grouchy's "me, I don't like..." from the Papercutz edition notwithstanding) is the gag where a single Smurf has to go through the entire story being stuck wearing a towel, and when Papa Smurf has to do a bullfight with the Howlibird when it's stripped of its feathers, the village leader takes that poor Smurf's towel to do so.
Besides the main story, this book also has "The Smurf Express", where Handy builds a train to help the Smurfs ease the burden of delivering goods collected from the forest into the Smurf Village. Of course, Gargamel comes along and uses this invention against the Smurfs. This story idea also appeared in the cartoon show.