The Simpsons Guide to Springfield Paperback – Oct 21 1998
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The fictitious Are We There Yet? guidebook series falsely claims to have covered nonexistent towns from Lake Flaccid to Pwagmattasquarmsettport, but even if these other books and grim places existed, this lowdown on Bart's hometown would make any list of top vacation non-destinations. After a night at the Happy Earwig Hotel, you can trip the light Springtastic to the South Street Squidport, or shove Bart aside and try the Dirt Nap II game at the Noiseland Video Arcade. Catch the latest brainless blockbuster at the Googolplex Theatres, or get highbrow and catch Apu in Bright Lights, Beef Jerky at the Springfield Film Festival. Crave tunes? Try King Toot's Music Store, or nab a youth-culture CD at Suicide Notes (formerly Good Vibrations). Get a gravel rattle at Lullabuy$, the cut-rate baby emporium. Wolf a Creamycrunch Chugger at Gulp'n'Blow and dodge the swinging blade at the front door of the It's a Wonderful Knife shop. But please don't doff your radiation suit, and do read the signs: "This park is not copless, so please don't go topless." --Tim Appelo
About the Author
Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated FOX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics and more than 36 comic compilations, as well as many instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album.
Top Customer Reviews
Attractions are extremely well covered as well with everything from the historical decaying monorail ruins to the Itchy and Scratchy studios. You won't miss out on a thing to see in Springfield if you take this book with you. Seriously you have to buy it. Want to read up on a bit of history to impress the locals? Well you can with this book. There are three pages detailing the founding of Springfield by Jebediah Springfield as well as the history of the two most influential men in Springfield's history, nuclear power tycoon C. Montgomery Burns and America's favourite entertainer Krusty the clown.
This guide also contains a complete listing of Springfield's options for food whether dining or just stopping for ice cream. Nightlife is covered as well with an inside guide by local raver Kirk Van Houten. Those who love shopping will not miss a thing either, every shop is within, in complete detail. Don't know when the best time is to plan your trip well then your in luck. This guide contains every annual event in Springfield from Whacking Day to the Do What You feel Festival. There is also a survival guide at the back. Low quality guides leave this sort of thing out in a hope not to discourage you from visiting thereby you will still purchase their book.Read more ›
The book is, like any travel guide, divided up into several sections: Lodging, Dining, Shopping, etc. Along the way are a number of brilliant parodic features. There are essays written by "Simpsons" characters (example: Rev. Lovejoy's guide to worship in Springfield); sidebars with short quotes from many Springfield residents (Dr. Nick Riviera, Martin Prince, and more); another series of sidebars highlighting many of the historic artifacts of Springfield (Jebediah Springfield's prosthetic tongue, the trillion-dollar bill, etc); and much more. From a map of Itchy and Scratchy land to the marquee of the Googolplex, this book is full of glorious detail.
Yes, "the Simpsons" is an entertaining TV show, and this book is a witty and well-constructed tribute to that series. But I think there's something more here. The world of "The Simpsons" is like the world of "Star Trek," J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, or some of the other great fictional universes of human creativity: it is an enormously rich and detailed alternate world with its own inner logic and mythic history. "The Simpsons Guide to Springfield" captures this compelling alternate universe in all its comic glory.
The book takes a lot of the show's minor jokes -- the two "Nick's" bowling shops in town, for instance -- and expands them slightly to have little entries for the "visitor" to Springfield.
People unfamiliar with the show won't get the point, but those of us who have watched and loved it for years will. The most fun in the book is reading the entry for a place or "artifact" and trying to recall which episode it was used in -- kind of geeky? Maybe. But still a blast for the Simpsons fan.
Most recent customer reviews
Springfield has been one of cartoon animation's most interesting and unique cities. Where else can you visit the Kwik-E-Mart or Springfield Tire Yard? Read morePublished on March 6 2002
As a huge fan of the simpsons, i got this booking believing it would be entertaining, not for simpsons information. This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2002
Ten years on TV and you think you know Springfield pretty well, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Filled with genuinely funny material never even hinted at on screen. Read morePublished on June 17 2001 by R. Riis
This book has a truckload of information, but is only good for the true Simpsons fan. It is set up like a real travel book, and all the places in it have been visited on The... Read morePublished on June 11 2001 by Michael Scheinman
My review is relative to other Simpsons books, and this book is not as good. For diehard Simpsons fans, I highly recommend: "The Simpsons : A Complete Guide to Our Favorite... Read morePublished on May 22 2001
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This book is the best if you're a Simpson's fan. It tells you about Springfield. Read more
This book is not as interesting and amusing as the other Simpsons books such as "A complete guide to our favorite family" and "Bart Simpson's guide to life". Read morePublished on Dec 21 1999
This book had all the cool info that I love to learn about my fav. TV show, The Simpsons! It's got tons of cool pictures and fun facts about Springfield. Read morePublished on Dec 6 1999
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