Review: Snoopy Came to Play

Snoopy Came to Play is a book aimed at very beginning readers. Writer  Tina Gallo and artist Vicki Scott tell the tale of Snoopy and Woodstock playing tennis, and, if inherently slight, it is bouncy and fun. They do a good job with what they have to do. This should serve its intended function, as a cheap Peanutsy paperback to give to your younger readers, well.

The cover promises thirty stickers inside, and there they are, in the back, two pages of stickers. But fewer than half of them are stickers of the Peanuts characters – specifically, art taken from the book itself. Most are purple stars, some with words in them (“Great job!” “I love to read!”) Note: the hardcover edition does not advertise stickers on the front and probably doesn’t have them on the inside either; when you sell a book to libraries, they don’t want things  like stickers, which borrowers will rip out of the book and stick places.

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