Asterix and the Picts: Album 35 Paperback – 4 November 2014
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It's a delight (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Appealing to all age groups, the latest Asterix book is a return to form (The Guardian)
A reminder of just what a timeless, funny, readable and visually rewarding character Asterix is -- whatever your age (Parent Dish)
A delightful Scots version of the most recent Asterix tale. This translation has a twist, however, with Asterix and Obelix speaking Glaswegian, the Picts speak in Doric and the Romans in Dundonian Scots. Great fun. (Scotland Now)
Just about every aspect of Caledonian life is gently lampooned - Nessie, whisky, kilts, caber tossing - in this loving continuation of the series, which cleaves so faithfully to the template that you would hardly know it was the work of others. (FINANCIAL TIMES)
There was always joy in the humour and this Scots-translated story is one of the best. Its full of the usual brilliant rammies and misadventures and Fitt has a lot of fun with the translation, adapting every joke to fit and even employing different local Scots dialects for different characters (The List)
Appealing to all age groups, the latest Asterix comic book is a return to form as Albert Uderzo hands over the reins of the million-selling series to a new creative team. This 35th volume sees the French warriors transplanted to the Scottish Highlands, having taken on the task of escorting a lost Pictish warrior, MacAroon, back to his homeland. Pirates, the Loch Ness Monster and caber-tossing all feature along the way in a book to introduce the Gauls and their jokes - and Anthea Bell's superb translations - to yet another generation. (GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS)
If there's anyone who can simply transcend age altogether it's my first choice, the little Gaulish warrior called Asterix. I've been reading him for three decades, and every new appearance is a pleasure. This latest album comes to us from a new writer-illustrator team (the first time he's been written by anyone other than Goscinny and Uderzo), and despite the burden of expectations they don't disappoint. Asterix and the Picts sends Asterix and Obelix away from their familiar village to travel to Scotland, where they meet Nessie, Obelix tries his hand at tossing a caber, and they fight some Romans, before returning to Gaul for their traditional end-of-adventure banquet with all their - our - old friends. It's a delight. And while the creative team in France has changed, we can be grateful that the English version remains in the incomparably skilled hands of Anthea Bell, who's translated the books with wit and energy since the very beginning. (THE INDEPENDENT)
There are simple pleasures here for long-time fans and new recruits. The handover from Uderzo to the new duo shows few obvious joins. We are back with the characters we got to know and cherish. And, as a writer, the good news for me is that the Picts apparently respect their bards more than the Gauls do. It must be so - Asterix himself says it on page 29, by Toutatis! (THE GUARDIAN)
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- Publisher : Orion Children's Books; Translation edition (4 November 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444011693
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444011692
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Item Weight : 232 g
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 0.64 x 28.58 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean-Yves Ferri, the new story teller, has resurrected this celebrated village in style. It has all the magic of the olden times, the action, adventure, and at times predictable lines, yet with enough happening. The story is also refreshing and reminds of several past adventures. there is a lot happening, and is busy just as the Gaulish village is known to be. Its comical, funny and very colorful.
Didier Conrad, who has taken the mantle from Albert Uderzo, has brought the story to life faithfully in the Marcinelle style, that Uderzo popularized. and his style fits right in with so many things in each frame that came to define this adventure series.
I enjoyed reading an Asterix after a long time, and certainly recommend this for the fans of Asterix, and also to a new generation who can get started on this and go back to the original series.
Hopefully "The Missing Scroll" will be better than this.
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My hopes of a new team continuing Asterix' adventures were that the series would return to the standards of the Goscinny/Uderzo era in both narrative & illustrative quality as well as the usual mild and subtle humour.
Unfortunately I did not find this the case from this book.
Firstly, the illustrations (although trying hard to maintain the character's original likenesses)seemed to be overly exaggerated (expressions and actions). It almost felt like i was reading a Beano adaption of Asterix at times. This seems to have followed on from how Uderzo had finished off in his last few efforts.
The humour seemed forced at times. It felt like the narrative had been written around the 'puns' rather than the humour accompanying the 'story'.
The story itself was very weak. It was at least halfway through the book before anything resembling an adventure had begun and from then on I still hadn't felt anything had actually happened. Much like the recent movie adaptations, the role of Asterix (being the shrewd, cunning and brave warrior) has been made redundant.
The storyline/plot was absolutley non-sensical at times and seemed to be littered with pointless characters. I still can't make sense of a lot of it second time around.
I could go into more detail but i won't right now! Most Asterix fans, like myself would have already purchased and read the book and may also feel the same feeling of disapointment that i have. And of course I will buy the next book with the same hope that improvements will be made and lessons learned (but I must admit that I won't be raising my hopes too high. If the current team has failed in the eyes of Asterix fans then why not allow others to try? It could do no more harm to the current state of the Asterix legacy.
That is all.
Delivery was fine, but I reckon real fans will be left a bit flat, I know I was...
I wouldn't say its the best Asterix book but it is definitely the best for some time, and certainly better than most of the ones Uderzo wrote and drew on his own after the passing of Goscinny. Not that i am as down on Uderzo's version of Asterix as some are, the books are still OK but lacking the subtlety and warmth of the older books.
Asterix and the Picts takes a bit of a middle ground, it still has some of the more slap stick graphically heavy humour of Uderzo's Asterix but more of the word play and puns of the original version. The story gets off to a bit of a clumsy start but then starts to find its feet and includes a few genuine laugh out loud jokes. In truth the book is a bit safe and maybe lacks a clear identity but you can understand that because of what is riding on it. I suspect NuAsterix is now safe for awhile at least and hopefully subsequent books will begin to establish more of the new identity of this third wave of Asterix. By Belanos what a relief!