Great little (blue and purple) book, my Son loves reading it often. Laughs at the story of the Smurf being bitten and turning purple and only says "Gnap" which does raise a chuckle when read out loud. Papa Smurf of course comes to the rescue and saves the day before they all turn into Purple monster smurfs - good fun.
The Smurfs are perfect comic reading for children. I got the whole series as a child and when I saw they have them in hardcover I jumped on the opportunity to get the first one. When it arrived I was a bit surprised how small the comic is. Then I opened it, and they sized the text balloons down as well. The lettering is now so small that it is absolutely unreadable. 2 stars because I like the hardcover concept, and they tried, but it loses 3 stats from an easy reading perspective.
This is a translation of the original story "The Black Smurfs", which I have a German copy of when my sister Vicky went to Germany back in the 1980s. However, the black Smurfs have been changed to purple like in the cartoon episode on TV. Smurfette isn't present in this story, but then she wasn't present in most published comic book stories up until the 1980s. It also contains "The Flying Smurf", which parts of it were put into the cartoon episode version of "The Astro Smurf" while another part inspired "Breakfast At Greedy's" (the Smurf floating in the air uncontrollably), plus there's a third story called "The Smurf And His Neighbors". The story translation is excellent, though I wish they could have had "The Smurfnapper" (the origin story of Gargamel's desire to go after the Smurfs) instead of the third story this book got stuck with. Perfect for your collection of Smurf literature if you're a fan of the characters.
I found the Smurfs in this story to be a bit edgier than the ones I remember from the 1980s animated series. The things that really surprised me were (1) how well they work together and (2) how cranky these little guys can be. It makes for a reading experience unlike anything else.