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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“Mad Libs” now sounds like the title of a Fox News commentary show

Digging through the pile of detritus that accumulates around my workspace, I just found an unopened Amazon envelope that had been there for a while. Inside? A copy of Snoopy Mad Libs, the second Peanuts volume for this classic word game, where someone lists specific sorts of words and a friend …

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Review: Lucy: Speak Out!

As I’ve said before, the folks at Andrews McMeel Publishing produce a series of good solid basic strip reprint books for kids. Hitting stores tomorrow (and available for preorder now, naturally) is Lucy: Speak Out!, the 12th volume in this series. While AMP started with sequential strip reprints, by this …

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Lucy, the book

Catching up on recent purchases, we have Lucy, a hardcover collection of Lucy-centric stories from the Boom! comic books – so if you have all the comic books, or all the trade paperback collections thereof, then you have all this stuff. But it is a collection with a lot of good …