I bought the King Smurf book after I lost my paper copy. To be honest, the graphic novel did not look too good on my Kindle since it was black and white. But it looks great on my Kindle app on my Asus tablet.
The King Smurf book is great, probably the best Smurf book ever. It had a great plot, funny and revealing about the Smurfs. If there is only one Smurf book to read, get this one.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize that all the Smurf books I ordered were comic format. I thought they were storybooks. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 5 year old grandchild and these are not appropriate for either of them. My fault for not carefully reading description.
I first owned this comic book with its original title "King Smurf" when I was watching the Smurfs cartoon show back in the 1980s, and admittedly I enjoyed this version more than the cartoon show episode it was adapted into. Despite that Smurfette wasn't part of the original comic book story, I think the nameless Smurf who became King Smurf was a much better King Smurf and a much plausible one than Brainy was in the cartoon show. Given how most of the Smurfs would rather bonk Brainy in the head with a mallet or give him a quick flight out of the village for his endless lecturing and nagging his fellow Smurfs, the cartoon episode version would have been better off portraying Brainy as he was in the original story instead of trying to put him into a role where he still gets zero respect even in fancy royal garb. Besides this nitpick, I still think the original comic book story was funnier and had more going on in it.
Anyway, the updated version keeps the original story as it is more or less, but modernizes the dialogue as to how the Smurf characters would sound in 2010. I still prefer calling him "King Smurf", though.
Besides this story, the book also has the bonus story which is the original comic book version of "Smurphony In 'C'", only simply renamed "The Smurfony". It pretty much plays out like the cartoon show episode with some additional stuff left out of the episode, but again Smurfette isn't part of the original story.
Okay, i really struggled between 4 and 5 stars... The story is great!!! Fun, funny, and cool. (way cooler than the stupid movie that came out recently...) My daughters (kindergarten/pre-k) saw them on our table, and immediately was drawn to them, and started flipping through them looking at the pictures. My kindergarten child now sits with me and is starting to ask me what certain words are in the speach bubbles, which I am so happy about, because she is getting interested in reading!
Why it did not get 5 stars: eeeehh.... I remember this book being printed in a 'magazine sized' booklet... This one is considerably smaller, and they simply shrunk each page. This does make the print very small... I would guess around an 8 font. I'm hoping that since my girls are so small, their eyes will be able to read it easier than I... Wish they were normal sized...
Why on earth would this book be blocked from the original Kindle Fire? All the other Smurf books I have purchased in this series work fine except this one. One of the many reasons I will never buy another Kindle Fire. Book support is completely arbitrary. And of course no way to get a refund.