On September 1981 the world welcomed small blue humanoids known as the Smurfs. These fictional characters live in quaint little mushroom houses in an enchanted forest. And we fell in love with them. In truth, the Smurfs were created way back in 1958 by Pierre Culliford (Peyo) in Belgium. He created over 100 different Smurf characters with their names based on their personality or characteristics like Greedy Smurf, Jokey Smurf, Poet Smurf, and Handy Smurf. Some of the main characters are Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, and Hefty Smurf.
A Smurf cartoon series ran for nine seasons and you can still catch reruns on certain channels. Plus, there are oodles of books on the market that feature these adorable little beings with new titles being released regularly. One of the newest releases is We Are The Smurfs, Better Together created in the form of a graphic novel.
We Are The Smurfs Better Together is the second volume in the graphic series that centers around emotional learning, social responsibility, and overall Smurf-iness! The book is divided into three separate stories. Better Together is about Smurfette feeling left out because she is treated differently and doesn’t feel like the rest of the Smurfs. The Smurf Who Thought Everything Was Unfair is about one miserable little Smurf that complains and has constant tantrums if things don’t go his way. The Smurf Who Told Lies is about one little Smurf that gets into deep trouble with his prevarications. The village is exasperated with his untruths, but when Liar Smurfs learns about Gargamel setting the forest on fire, no one believes him.
We Are The Smurfs Better Together is not only entertaining, but it’s also educational. The back of the book has three sections that relate to one of the stories in the book. They contain talking points and probing questions that parents or teachers can discuss with their kids so they know how to behave and react in certain situations. It offers lots of great advice that kids will understand and respect.
The illustrations are beautiful. They’re whimsical, bright, bold and flavored with enchantment and fantasy. Kids and adults will enjoy this graphic novel. It’s perfect for a family or school group.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.