The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!

I got in my copy of The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!, which is a Ready-to-Read Level Three book that basically fills the same function as the Schulz biographies that are sold as parts of bulk kids biography sets. Having said that, this stands out as enticing version of that; the pages are bright and colorful, Chloe Perkins’s writing is reasonably snappy and mostly accurate (there’s one or two quibbles to be had, but they’re small.) It is utterly bereft of photographs; instead, it’s all UPA Animation-esque drawings by Scott Burroughs with bits of Peanuts strips set in. I could criticize the art in 100 ways (and had fun doing that about the cover a few weeks back), but while it’s not a great capturing of reality, it’s kind of fun on its own silly level. And unlike the other books I compared it to, this is priced for actual purchase, a mere $3.99 in paperback.

This folks reading this blog probably won’t learn anything actually new by reading this book… but by the time you get toward the end, the book has already declared you an “official History of Fun Stuff Expert on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang”… and even after that, it has more to tell you, like how to draw Charlie Brown, and how animation works by using “persistence of vision” and the “phi phenomenon”.

New releases
Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You beview… er, review

On the market as of last week is Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You, a board book which is made up of three upbeat-positivity-type poems by Elizabeth Dennis Barton, with Peanuts illustrations by Scott Jerald. I actually found this one reasonably charming – I could see reading this to my kids …

New releases
Peanuts for the Soul – review

The hardcover strip collection Peanuts for the Soul is published in the UK, but there are copies available in the US (although Amazon is for some reason listing the title as The Comfort of Blankets.) This is an undersized hardcover collecting the more philosophical strips, with each strip (whether a full …

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Review: The Comics of Charles Schulz

Hey, folks – I’m doing pretty much the same review both here in the blog and on the podcast, although I’ll be winging it a bit in the audio recording. So choose which medium you prefer. Someone once told me that a certain person of import on the Peanuts world …