Chief Wiggum's Book of Crime and Punishment book coverChief Wiggum’s Book of Crime and Punishment is one of a series of The Simpsons books that focus on individual characters. It’s highly illustrated and includes such things as ‘Chief Wiggum’s Top 40’ (and Bottom 40), comics, case files and TV scripts.

The books in the Simpsons Library of Wisdom series are a little hit and miss at times. The Ralph Wiggum one is extremely amusing in places and the Homer one is quite character-appropriate, so I was pleased when one of the most recent books involved another one of my favourite characters, Chief Wiggum. I found my copy in the UK, and dragged it all the way back to Australia with me, looking forward to reading it.

Unfortunately, Chief Wiggum’s Book of Crime and Punishment does not live up to the standards set by some of the earlier volumes in the series. The serialised comic strip is unfunny and dull and a lot of the pages are dominated by large pictures with very little accompanying text. More to the point, however, none of the content feels particularly original. A lot of the time, the only thing that marks this as a Simpsons book is the illustration.

There are a couple of likeable pages here, but overall my impression was one of disinterest and sometimes even boredom. Unless you’re a die-hard Chief Wiggum fan (and possibly particularly if you’re a die hard Chief Wiggum fan), I would recommend starting with one of the other titles if you’re new to the Library of Wisdom.