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
That Ketcham/Schulz Golf Journal cover

I get emails from time to time which boil down to “can you tell your readers about my eBay auction of Peanuts stuff”, and it is my policy to ignore them. I’m making an exception in this case for a very specific reason. When I posted a couple years ago …

New releases
A whole lotta Linus going on?

I’ve now received Peanuts Vol. 9, the latest (but not the last) in the books collecting the KaBOOM! Peanuts comic book stories. The cover… well, I really like many of the KaBOOM! covers as art pieces. This one, which stylistically matches previous covers with other characters, is an interesting Linus piece. But …

New releases
A one-hour book

I finally picked up my copy of Peanuts 5-Minute Stories, an anthology of a dozen previously-published stories for children. Some of them are culled from the square storybooks that Simon Spotlight has been issuing, others from board books. All of them had to be re laid out to some degree to …