The Funny Pocket Book has delighted readers for over 50 years. Thirteen new editions come out every year, and there are also special editions and specials, such as the Phantomias special volumes, anniversary editions or stories about special seasons and festivities. In this review we examine the 13th volume of the special edition “Happy Easter”, in which, in addition to turbulent Easter egg hunt stories, there are also spring-like stories to be found.


The cover and the presentation

In keeping with the occasion of the happy holidays, the front cover of the funny paperback sparkles in a shiny silver color. To get in the mood for Easter, one of the main characters and my absolute darling from Duckburg, Donald Duck, adorns the picture in a rabbit costume and carries a basket with colorful Easter eggs under his arm, while a chicken with a satisfied facial expression is incubating a large, colorful egg.

Cover for Funny Paperback Happy Easter Special Volume No. 11
Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

The back does not show an exact table of contents, which is unusual for books and comics. Since the Funny Paperback often contains several stories, especially here in the special volume, this can be neglected. The teaser is completely sufficient to make the book attractive to the reader:

"On the Easter eggs, get set, go!" A colorful Easter LTB with 15 spring-like stories! "

Description on the back of the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume

The Funny paperback Happy Easter special tape is organized inside mainly in the same way as other Funny Paperback Books. There is a table of contents, advertisements for other editions of the Funny Paperback, and each chapter ends with an “end”.
In the design, these are decorated and drawn in an Easter-like manner.

Chapter "End" at LTB
Here is an example of how the chapter “ends” are designed to be appropriate for Easter.
Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

The imprint can be found at the beginning of the edition.

The imprint
Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

At the beginning of each story, the names of the authors and illustrators involved are printed on the first page at the bottom. The reader also learns when the story was written.

Information about the story at the beginning of the chapter
Information about the story at the beginning of the chapter

Table of contents and a sympathetic foreword

The table of contents is visually appealing. It mainly consists of the color green. The backgrounds of the headings are stored in this way and there is also a lot of green to be seen otherwise. That really fits in with the spring theme, when the meadows and fields begin to bloom and leaves grow again on the trees. There are very short, but also medium-length stories.

Contents of Funny Paperback Happy Easter Special Volume No. 11
The table of contents shows, as promised, that the book has 15 stories. Three of them consist of only one page each.

The foreword is basically the synopsis that I missed on the back of the paperback. It briefly outlines the content of some of the stories.

Foreword
The salutation is appealing and personable.

The readers are greeted personally with “Hello friends”, which is very pleasant. The residents of Duckburg personally wish us a Happy Easter and a lot of fun with the stories. That really addresses me. Because if I think about it right, the Disney characters really have become my friends. I grew up with them and got excited about many stories. Not only have I read loads of funny paperback books, I also collected the Mickey Mouse notebook in my childhood. I am therefore very happy about this foreword and it put a big smile on my face. In any case, I'm in a positive mood for the rest of the content of the funny paperback.

The stories at a glance

What works better than pictures when describing the content of a comic? Except for the 1-sided stories, we'll briefly explain what the spring-like stories are about.

Intergalactic Easter egg hunt

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Donald calls himself an expert in finding eggs and is supposed to put his skills to the test. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck
One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
The aim is to find hidden eggs in space and time. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

The planet of flowers

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
A collapsed district is to give way to a parking lot. Minnie Mouse wants to prevent this and is doing research on site. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Struggle for silence

Donald Duck goes on vacation to enjoy the tranquility in Stillwalden. Will it happen? We know Donald's bad luck, don't we? Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Money storage in bloom

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Dagobert Duck and Daniel Düsentrieb are looking for a way to make the money storage look more beautiful because of an impending punishment. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Puzzling hen robbery

Dussel's skills as a detective are in demand. A farmer has lost his hens. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Turbulent train ride

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Mickey Mouse goes on a train journey with his dog Pluto. He meets the cat Karlo, who is apparently doing an honest job this time. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Shock therapy

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Daisy Duck is good at providing helpful advice. So she decides to train as a psychological advisor. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Made-to-measure weather

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
The three nephews of Dagobert Duck would like to go on a trip, but the bad weather throws a spanner in the works. The greedy Scrooge McDuck comes up with something good. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Moving country trip

Donald Duck is looking forward to a picnic in the countryside with his beloved Daisy. However, the search for a good place turns out to be difficult. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

The dream home

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Goofy wants his dream home. Will he actually find one? Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Limitlessly creative

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Dussel gets creative and looks for inspiration at identifying good copywriting. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Misunderstood artist

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Tick, trick and track are disturbed by an eerie noise in the game.
Photo: Melanie Dürbeck
One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Uncle Donald has found a new hobby and plays the violin. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Presentation of text and images

Typically for a comic, as few texts as possible are used. The pictures and drawings speak for this. The texts themselves are displayed differently depending on the application. The speech bubbles and boxes also differ. For example, exclamations and noises are shown in bold letters, and voices from televisions and telephones are shown in italics with jagged speech bubbles. For example, descriptions of the situation, place and time are highlighted in yellow. These delimitations help to clearly distinguish the texts and applications from one another. Because the paperbacks should be easy to read for children.

Here are a few different types of text.
Here we see different text representations. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

I find word games or names that are appropriately set funny. Be it “Stillwalden” for a vacation spot with the guesthouse “Leiser” or “Egg” for the intergalactic egg collector, “Flores” for the flower planet and “Flora” for the princess. I find that very typical of the stories from Duckburg.

I always find the language in the pictures very appealing. It replaces written text and looks funny.

One of the stories in the funny paperback Happy Easter special volume
Dagobert hears the cash register ring. While he is on his way somewhere, the nephews wonder what has occurred to him, represented by a single simple question mark in a speech bubble. Photo: Melanie Dürbeck

Few negative points of criticism

I have few negative points of criticism here. I discovered two sentence errors, which shouldn't actually be, because the editing failed. I would have expected more stories about Easter in an Easter edition, but it only contained one. The others also turned to spring. Otherwise it is not enough for me in depth stories. But that is also due to the fact that it is a special volume with collected stories on a topic. Otherwise, the stories, drawings and texts are appealing and amusing as usual.

What counts for me is that the special volume entertained me well and that the selection of stories put me in the mood for spring and the coming Easter.

The funny paperback

The adventures of Donald Duck and Co. appear every four weeks in a funny paperback by Egmont Ehapa Media (copyright: © 2019 Disney / Egmont Ehapa Media).

Pictures of Funny Paperback Happy Easter Special Volume

Infobox

Paperback: 256 pages
Published by Egmont Ehapa Media
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-8413-2711-6
Authors: Diverse
Year of publication: 2019
Cost: 7,99 Euro

Summary

The special volume “Happy Easter” for Funny paperback is as usual colorful and narrative with stories in and around Duckburg. Although the stories do not go deeper, it should "only" contain a collection of stories on one topic. But they are in a positive mood for spring and the upcoming Easter days.

No matter what new comics and manga I'm laughing at now and in the future, a funny paperback always works. I can expect that the quality of the Funny Paperback books will always be good. The stories mostly meet my taste and are always funny. This special volume has proven that again.