Back of Book:
As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the European front of World War II, and the heartbreak of a family tragedy back home. Even so, Charles never lost sight of the hopeful joy of his early years and his love for Spike, both of which inspired PEANUTS. The comic strip went on to become the most popular and influential in comics history.
I received a copy of this book from author Ginger Wadsworth in exchange for an honest review.
I grew up with a true love of all things Charlie Brown and Snoopy. I was very excited to see a picture book biography about the life of the man who started it all.
Charles was a creative boy who enjoyed drawing, his Kindergarten teacher encouraged his drawings and told him that he would one day be an artist. When he was in seventh grade his parents took him to an exhibit of comic book art. The show made him decide to strive even harder to be a great artist. It would take him many years, and a lot of rejection before he would see his comics in newspapers. Ginger wrote a well-researched story that inspires readers to never give up on their dreams. The illustrations by Craig Orback are done in panels and pay tribute to the Sunday paper. The realistic illustrations of Charles and his family are beautifully drawn and detailed. The back of the book has a photo of Charles Schulz drawing his famous comics along with more information about his life. There is also a note from the illustrator, information about the Peanuts gang, and a list of many places that readers can visit to learn more about Charles Schulz. Ginger and Craig have created a fantastic story that celebrates the man who changed the course of comics forever!
Ages 6 and up
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