Simpsons Guide to Springfield

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Springfield...

Home of the Isotopes, Springfield A&M, and Blinkey, the world's first three–eyed fish! Birthplace of the Flaming Moe! The site of Krustylu Studios, the awe–inspiring Springfield Gorge, and a world–renowned box factory! O Springfield! What many wonders you offer up for our consumption!

Yes, we've all heard of Springfield called the country's "worst city" and "America's crudbucket." But is it all that bad? Well, maybe yes and ...

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Overview

Springfield...

Home of the Isotopes, Springfield A&M, and Blinkey, the world's first three–eyed fish! Birthplace of the Flaming Moe! The site of Krustylu Studios, the awe–inspiring Springfield Gorge, and a world–renowned box factory! O Springfield! What many wonders you offer up for our consumption!

Yes, we've all heard of Springfield called the country's "worst city" and "America's crudbucket." But is it all that bad? Well, maybe yes and maybe no––you be the judge! This handy, indispensable guide shows you where to go, what to do, and what to see in Springfield––and what shots to get before you visit. Along the way, you'll explore the culture, foods, and beliefs of everyday people and, in essays, photos, and sidebars, peer into the very soul of this dysfunctional, dynamic city! From the smoky majesty of the Springfield Tire Yard the crunchy, oily goddess of The Frying Dutchman seafood restaurant, from the swanky shopping of the South Street Squidport to nut–watching opportunities at the Bloodbath and Beyond Gun Shop, this is the guide for everyone planning a trip to the city that Springfield resident Marge Simpson calls, "a part of us all."

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Editorial Reviews

Chanoff Olli
From the first page of The Simpsons Guide to Springfield, which is a big color picture of Attorney Lionel Hutz on a Vespa, teeth bared and eyes ablaze, chasing an ambulance under an arch that says "Welcome to Springfield," you know you're in for a good time. For casual "Simpsons" enjoyers, this book is a lot of fun -- a tour through the city of Springfield with great drawings and classic "Simpsons" humor. But for true connoisseurs (and you know who you are, you unhealthily devoted lunatics who endlessly make obscure "Simpsons" references, to the delight of your fellow fanatics and the annoyance of your less enlightened acquaintances, and who pause the VCR while watching prerecorded episodes so you can see what some list or sign that flashed on the screen too fast to read actually says), this book is an overflowing treasure trove of "Simpsons" lore.

Set up like a real guidebook, The Simpsons Guide to Springfield begins with a historical retrospective of the Greater Springfield Area, which recounts the story of how the coonskin-capped Jebediah Obediah Zacheriah Jedediah Springfield founded the city, and how in the 200 or so years since it has become a place that "due to a near-constant economic state of recession gives more bang for the tourist buck than Beirut and Tijuana combined!" After this introduction come guides to special attractions, lodging, dining, nightlife, shopping, annual events, and survival, which really just serve as excuses to take a look back at hundreds of the funniest people, places, and events from "Simpsons" episodes since the show's beginning, along with what I'd like to assume (because I've never seen them) are some new additions.

In the "Attractions" section you get descriptions of things like Duff Gardens, Barney's Bowlarama, Mt. Splashmore, Itchy and Scratchy Land, the Springfield Mystery Spot, the Ah, Fudge! Factory, Springfield's Lower East Side, and a score of others, with accompanying drawings. The dining guide lists the Frying Dutchman (owned by the salty old sea captain and sight of Homer's all-you-can-eat debacle-turned-lawsuit), Two Guys from Kabul, Wall E. Weasel's, the Municipal House of Pancakes, Chez Guevara, Luigi's ("Hey Salvatore, two more a the red slop!"), Java the Hut, and, of course, Krustyburger. The nightlife and shopping guides are the same (Moe's, the Maison Derriere, the Leftorium, the Jerky Hut, the Corpulent Cowboy). In the Annual Events calender you can read about Whacking Day, the Springfield Chili Cook-off, Scotchtoberfest -- the references go on and on.

This stuff alone constitutes "Simpsons" overload; but of course, there's a great deal more. Little sidebars contain Springfield artifacts, which range from Marge's portrait of Mr. Burns to the Stonecutters' Sacred Parchment to the silver prosthetic tongue of Jebediah Springfield. Springfield's most esteemed residents, from Apu to Dr. Nick Riviera, M.D., talk about their favorite parts of town in segments called "What's Right with Springfield?" and essays by Rev. Timothy Lovejoy ("Come for the Fun, Stay for the Guilt: A Vacationer's Guide to Worshiping in Springfield"); Kirk Van Hauten, Millhouse's divorcé dad ("Swingin' Springfield: A Bachelor's Guide to My Favorite Town"); and Bart Simpson, Esquire ("Everybody into the Cool: A Kid's Guide to Springfield").

Just like in the episodes themselves, every picture has ten jokes in it. It's almost exhausting. The Simpsons Guide to Springfield will bring a little more joy into the life of any "Simpsons" fan.
— Olli Chanoff, barnesandnoble.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060952822
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Series: Are We There yet?... Series
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 994,954
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    a kid's point of view

    I like this book because of its humor and wit.Espisally the bart's part on the fun stuff for kids, I also really liked the descripition of the all stores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2000

    Springfield all the way

    This book is excellent and shows all the places in Springfield and has jokes. Highly recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    great RAND MCNALLY parody

    if you like negative reviews about cities,you'll love this book full of negative-style laughs.springfield is kinda like new york mixed whit chernobyl.

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