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.

Classic finds
When my wife asked for the checkbook, I handed her this

I don’t get to add Peanuts books in a new language to the AAUGH.com Reference Library very often any more. After all, once you get books in 21 languages, covering much of the world’s population, it starts getting harder to find ones… and even in these days of online ordering …

Comic book Peanuts
Physical Dell Peanuts Archive

When I review the Peanuts Dell Archive collection of Peanuts comic book stories from the 1950s and 1960s, I was working from a review PDF. Now, I’ve got a physical copy on hand, and I can tell you that this book is well-made.  It’s a nice, solid hardcover, and the …

New releases
Boogie Down, Snoopy!

The choice to focus on disco Snoopy for the cover, title, and back cover strip of Snoopy: Boogie Down!, the 11th in the Andrew McMeel Peanuts For Kids series of strip reprints, is an interesting one. On one hand, it’s a non-generic image, and that’s good. On the other hand, …